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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Indeed, languages that probably offer a better future than some of the one's currently offered.
    Computer languages are easy. You can learn one in a weekend of hard study. Foreign languages involve years of work to master.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    You and I live in Texas.

    Texas doesn't have very much in common with European countries, but we do have this: we have a foreign country right on our border, and we have a large contingent of foreign language speakers living within our borders.

    In Europe, they all learn foreign languages from an early age.

    For that reason, I think that in Texas, it would be beneficial to learn Spanish. I know I've used my knowledge of Spanish for many things, like hitting on cute young Mexican girls (they always get taken aback when a tall white guy can speak their language), getting deals, etc.

    There's a whole other world/culture living within our state that, if you don't speak their language, you'll never get to know.
    Si, como no. (Yes, of course).

    I started learning just enough to play pool, work construction and gradually picked up more. I am not fluent in Spanish, by any means, but not totally lost most of the time.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    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.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    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.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    English should be mandatory for all immigrants...
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    Yes, Chinese is probably not a starter thing ... a while back, I bought a Chinese learning set, but found it very ... alien, on first glance.

    Compared to that, English and French seem rather easy. Sure, it's very difficult to really master English so well you can pass as a native speaker, but it was very easy for me to reach a level that allows me to be understood well. French was slightly more difficult, but still you notice the similarities to both English and German.
    Which is why it's so impressive to me that so many Chinese people can speak English. Not to mention the Japanese. It must be just as difficult for them to learn English as it is for us to learn Japanese, yet nearly the entire country is at least somewhat proficient.

    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.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Self-descriptive title.

    Also... what level of proficiency should be required? How many years of study?

    Should we require Spanish? Chinese? Swahili? Leave it up to the student to decide? Which languages should be offered?

    Etc.
    We should learn the languages that would make us most able to deal with the world around us. For example, Scandinavians all learn English, because simply put the world's most powerful economy speaks English. To Scandinavians it's not a big deal...it's just good common sense. Likewise I think we should teach our children Spanish and of course Mandarin.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Computer languages are easy. You can learn one in a weekend of hard study. Foreign languages involve years of work to master.
    So it would be much easier to teach the kids something that might benefit them in their future (programming languages) if it must be force upon them, than some other language that most will never use.

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    Spanish at the very least should be required.
    Hell no.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    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.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I think what you do is very good... you come on to this board and practice speaking English with smart (generally speaking) people. That's a fantastic way to learn a language.

    That's called investing time instead of wasting time.... very commendable. It will serve you well later in life.
    l already know your language ,peter ! l am here to discuss politics in your own language ,not to learn 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 "

    happy now?

    german and me cant do it.
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