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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Not everyone is going to use computer languages either. Not to mention that computer languages change.
    The basics have remained the same. And the odd's of it being useful later in life are far greater.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    dp is not such a site l think
    True, but it's a good place to practice! If there were a DP in French or Italian, I would participate, just to learn. Sometimes it seems like everything on the internet is in English.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    The basics have remained the same. And the odd's of it being useful later in life are far greater.



    Oh BS, it was a lame attempt at an attack. It is noted you do not address things said, merely attack.
    Odds, not odd's.

    Point in case.

    Why do you suppose everyone would need to know how to write computer programs?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Why do you suppose everyone would need to know how to write computer programs?
    I did not say that, I said that the chances that it would be useful later in life are greater than that of a language.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Foreign languages should not be required subject in k-12 education. Most people will not leave the US and if they do it will be for vacation,so they have no use for it.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

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

    I have no problem with a semester or two of foreign language being taken, and a variety being offered, but I do have a problem with Spanish being required in the employment field.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    True, but it's a good place to practice! If there were a DP in French or Italian, I would participate, just to learn. Sometimes it seems like everything on the internet is in English.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    No, kids aren't doing all that well with English. Potentially, I could see teaching some basic Spanish given how much it is becoming an American language in some regions.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    Hm, maybe Asian languages are indeed more complex than English, so it's easier for them to learn English than for us to learn Chinese or Japanese? I don't know. But I noticed many East Asiens have seriously troubles with the pronunciation of European languages, even when they're very good on grammar and vocabulary.



    Yes! =) I know this from my experience with Dutch, which is really very similar to German. But that similarity can be treacherous ... I've spent a lot of time in the Netherlands and with my Dutch friends, so I understand most of what they're saying in Dutch, but whenever I try to speak a little, I do it totally wrong and basically just speak German with a Dutch accent, *just because* it seems so similar ... but actually is more different.

    I image that can happen too when you speak Spanish and learn French ... easy to mix it up when it's too similar.

    It's my plan to learn Spanish eventually ... due to my knowledge of French, I understand a lot of it when I see it written, but it's much more difficult for me to understand spoken Spanish.



    Yeah, same for me ... or Arabic. Horribly difficult, because they don't write vowels in their written language, but most of the grammar depends on vowels. And even if you manage that, you have the problem that hardly any Arab actually speaks "high Arabic"... oh my.

    So no, I guess my next project would be Spanish. Or maybe getting into the Polish a language a little more, after I had a *very* basic introduction at college (for a European language, it's ridiculously complex, IMO).
    You're probably right - not all languages are equally complicated, and the Asian languages might just be more difficult. You're also right that Japanese and Chinese speakers of English generally struggle and make more errors than their European counterparts, and that is probably due to the fact that it's a bigger change for them.

    Speaking of complicated languages, Russian is a language I would really like to learn. Beautiful women, fascinating culture, fascinating history, intelligent people, great literature/art, and a country that is all but guaranteed to rise in the future.

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