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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by HorseLoverGirl View Post
    Except most other countries in the world learn English. I went to France and people there knew English. Of course if I were to live there I would probably just pick it up from the locals
    English is the language of international finance.
    Me too! When we visited Minnesota, I started talking like [picking up the lingo] the locals within hours.
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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    So it's "your" country?
    Americanwoman, it's yours too.

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    and yet exclusivey spoken by very few who matter
    People don't matter? Uhhhh.....what? Could you please elucidate why Spanish speaking people don't matter?

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    English is the language of international finance.
    Me too! When we visited Minnesota, I started talking like [picking up the lingo] the locals within hours.
    I've heard that immersion is the best way to learn a language. In fact my grandparents used to complain that I had a Carolina accent. I don't know what that is but if I have it its from spending most of my life in North Carolina!
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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    I am by no means a language expert, but learning any one of the romance languages,
    will go a long way towards being able to get by in any of them.
    Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, I have heard even Romanian,
    all have a Latin root.
    I have found that knowing some of the local language, adds a lot to visiting a another country.

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by HorseLoverGirl View Post
    I've heard that immersion is the best way to learn a language. In fact my grandparents used to complain that I had a Carolina accent. I don't know what that is but if I have it its from spending most of my life in North Carolina!
    I have the same issue wifh my TX accent but, most people love it
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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    Not really that useful
    No, it is. Under-educated English speakers will continue to slide away from well-educated English speakers in lifetime economic worth (that whole increasing Gini coefficient thing), and will certainly find themselves in similar trades and jobs with recent arrival Spanish speakers. Mutual intelligibility is an advantage and "useful" for the cheap labor pool. You can't take the personal damaged pride of living in a state with people not speaking English to the bank and cash it in, but you can certainly benefit from rudimentary Spanish in almost every aspect of lower-end services and undifferentiated labor, especially in South Texas. That ain't changing, either.

    In terms of the intellectual or cultural benefits of learning another language, it is somewhat akin to higher education - if one has to justify it against doing nothing for the sake of not spending effort or the unease of consorting with others, it is perhaps better left alone.

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    It would seem these people are more receptive to left wing ideas and " solutions.

    Probably why the Democrats want them here.

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    Why? Seems like Chinese, Japanese or German would be much more beneficial
    Bah, you gotta jump a plane for using it, with Spanish just head South a bit.

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    Re: US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    I have the same issue wifh my TX accent but, most people love it
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    I hear the Texas accent is fading away amongst the yutes. That's a shame.

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