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

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

    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?

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

    if your native language is english ,no
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    I think learning foreign languages is a very salutary effort, as it opens the door to other cultures and views on the world. So yes, I think it should be part of any good education.

    Probably the schools/children should decide which language(s). Much can be said for Spanish or Chinese in case of America, I guess.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    No. Leaving foreign languges as an optional (elective?) subject is fine. Perhaps offering C++, Objective-C, SQL, XML, HTML, Java or JavaScript would likely be more useful as additional language skills.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    if your native language is english ,no
    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    No. Leaving foreign languges as an optional (elective?) subject is fine. Perhaps offering C++, Objective-C, SQL, XML, HTML, Java or JavaScript would likely be more useful as additional language skills.
    Indeed, languages that probably offer a better future than some of the one's currently offered.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    I think learning foreign languages is a very salutary effort, as it opens the door to other cultures and views on the world. So yes, I think it should be part of any good education.

    Probably the schools/children should decide which language(s). Much can be said for Spanish or Chinese in case of America, I guess.
    I have to say for Chinese... if someone can learn it in school, they are very intelligent. I tried to learn it for about a month while I was dating a Chinese girl, and it would have taken about five times as long as learning another European language.

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

    No, they shouldn't, but its good to take a few foreign language classes in your life.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I have to say for Chinese... if someone can learn it in school, they are very intelligent. I tried to learn it for about a month while I was dating a Chinese girl, and it would have taken about five times as long as learning another European language.
    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.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    No. Leaving foreign languges as an optional (elective?) subject is fine. Perhaps offering C++, Objective-C, SQL, XML, HTML, Java or JavaScript would likely be more useful as additional language skills.
    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.

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