nHumanities: Half of Europeans Bilingual
Half of Europe's Citizens Know 2 Languages
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Half of European citizens speak a second language, according to a European Union survey released Friday.
The poll, conducted in June across Europe, found that tiny Luxembourg had the highest percentage of bilingual citizens, with 99 percent of those questioned saying they could master a conversation in a second language.
Hungary had the lowest number with 29 percent of its citizens able to speak another language. Britain was second last with 30 percent.
The survey also found that almost eight out of 10 students—ages 15- 24—can have a normal conversation in at least one foreign language.
In the United States, by contrast, 9 percent of Americans speak both their native language and another language fluently, according to a U.S. Senate resolution designating 2005 the "Year of Foreign Language Study."
~Following My Own Flow~
I wasn't here when European settlers did that. I had no control over that. That had nothing to do with me. And if someone wanted to take more land off the Native Americans and I could do something to prevent that I would.
Sorry, this is just a really fallacious argument that has no bearing on reality.
He was pointing to the irony in demanding respect for the "native" language in a country that was built upon disrespecting the actual native languages. It's a valid point considering that people are acting like it's "American" to assimilate, when our history tells another story.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields