“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Spanish at the very least should be required. This should begin in the early years of elementary school to ensure fluency by graduation from HS. Additional languages, Arabic, Mandarin, German, and French should be common place in all institutions.
I'm going to buck the trend here and say yes, I believe that foreign language studies should be required in public schools. When I was in school, two semesters of a foreign language was required for graduation, which offered just a basic introduction and rudimentary skills. I believe more should have been required, enough to provide working proficiency.
The reason is obvious. Learning another language offers a doorway into cultures beyond our own, which is always desirable. Also, looking at how the USA has grown over the decades into cadres of non-English speaking communities to the point that speaking a second language is almost required for many public and private jobs nowadays, anyone who is proficient in more than one language has a distinct advantage in any job market.
I wish I had learned Spanish to the proficiency level back in the day. Decades of not using it has reduced me to being able to ask where the hotel is, ask someone's name, ask if someone requires food or water, or ask other very rudimentary questions... with no guarantee I will understand the reply. I could spend some big bucks to remedy that, of course, but it seems a bit of a waste for someone who is basically housebound and well out of the job market, lol!
Learning a second language, in my opinion, should be everyone's ultimate goal.
I've always been interested in learning German. It's somewhat similar to Swedish, so I think it would be easier to learn, however you have more verb tenses and genders to remember. Swedish is more simple, as I think Swedish people are more simple in general.
Then I have always wanted to learn French, because there is a language that is easy in every way a language can possibly be easy. I already speak Spanish, so I know a Latin language, plus English.... so I basically already have the entire French vocabulary in my brain, it's just to learn the syntax.
I think Chinese would be such a huge investment, that unless I plan to move to China for some reason, I don't think I will able to do it.
yea it already serves my purposes and helps me tell about the facts of this region
thank god l am always good at this
l hope l am speaking english right now
but l had to vote " barely speak eng "
german and me cant do it.
Last edited by Medusa; 08-28-13 at 08:12 PM.
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