Skip to comments.Language of choice: As US changes, many trying to learn Spanish
Posted on 01/27/2003 8:09:57 AM PST by ProlixusEdited on 04/13/2004 2:09:01 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Bill Pyron may not understand the sexual innuendos, or the rantings of the jilted lover who vows revenge at a rapid-fire pace. But it doesn't matter. These nights, after work, Pyron plops himself in front of his television, absorbing whatever he can from the Spanish soap operas flashing before him.
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What is the benefit of U.S. students learning Spanish rather than any other language? Yes, that is a rhetorical question. How can we have multiculturalism if 2/3 of children who are studying a second language are studying one language? Yes, that is another rhetorical question with a hint of irony.
I'm sure we're paying big bucks for this language instruction. I'd rather see my money go towards teaching languages such as:
Sure, learning another language can benefit you, but frankly, this article is as if it was written by a college freshmen who has no idea about the way things work.
Guns Before Butter.
Yeah, I watch Telemundo from time to time. Mostly 'cause I'm too cheap/prudish to buy a porn channel subscription. Anyhow, I'm perfectly happy just to watch and I'm probably happier that I don't understand (most) of what they're saying.
Hey, if you're conducting business internationally - never mind just in English speaking countries - you're probably doing it in English. English is the current Lingua Franca of the World. All First World countries are teaching English to their children. Upwardly mobile Second World countries, such as China, are trending towards English also. Why the U.S. should be trending away from English is beyond me.
It is sad that the left is so concentrated on being diverse and multi-cultural, that they want everyone to learn Spanish then to make those who speak spanish to learn english.
Kinda reminds me of when I lived in Nashville, I had some state paperwork sent to me. The instructions were written in at least 15 different languages.
1. The languange is a fairly phonetic language, which means what you write down on paper is close to what you pronounce in the language. This is definitely NOT true of French.
2. Much of Spanish grammar is not impossible to understand to English speakers, thanks to that Norman invasion in 1066 that infused English with a strong Romance (French/Spanish/Italian) language influence.
Now, if we can just convince those illegal Mexican immigrants to actually LEARN Spanish to at least 10th grade level; a lot of those illegals can't even READ a Spanish-language newspaper or periodical!
1. English--this is the language of business and science, first made important by the British Empire during the 17th to mid-20th Centuries and since then by the Americans.
2. Spanish--this is the language of the vast majority of people living south of the USA. Even the Brazilians usually have to learn Spanish to deal with the rest of Latin America.
3. French--besides being very useful in France (the French are somewhat adverse to speaking foreign languages), French is very useful in much of the African continent because French is likely the ONLY common language among many Africans who speak a myriad of local languages and vernaculars.
4. Mandarin-dialect Chinese--given the size of China (1.4 billion citizens) and the fact the Chinese government has encouraged everyone in the country to learn what is in effect the Beijing-area dialect of Chinese, knowledge of this language will be useful as China emerges as a major economic power.
1) Una mas cerveza, por favor.
2) Donde esta el banyo.
Nothing less than , "Welcome to America Amigos".....now become an American or don't let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out, will do IMO. Most "legal immigrants" have done so........:o)
Stay Safe !
As spoken around the house by my sister's in-laws, it didn't sound romantic at all, but they used a lot of sign language, too, so maybe the romantic aspect was more visual than vocal.
LOL - though, I think that the most important Spanish phrase is:
This is nothing more than the promotion of Balkanization in this country. The modern 21st century immigrant is not here to integrate into American society, he is here as a colonizer bent on creating ethnic enclaves that at some oint will demand first autonomy and then independence. The "United" Staes is becoming an anachronism as long as politicians pander to the balkanizers.
Like Kosovo and the Serbs we will rue the day we allowed people to set up separate colonies in our midst. This is a recipe for civil wars and ethnic conflicts in 100 years. Those who ignore history and continue to repeat the same policies that failed elsewhere usually have the masses pay the price of their mistakes.
That said, I can get by in Spanish, but I speak it only in Spain and Mexico. Anybody in San Jose that wants to speak to me in Spanish will get nowhere.
3) No, no soy desde Los Estados Unidos, yo soy desde Canada!
My daughter been aksin me to talk frijole, I's jist kant gits wit it, dag....
My Brad Pitt Spanish is pretty good though....."How farro to the closest towno", "No dinero, but el rido in your el trucko?"
Not bad eh?
|By Bert Limbec|
Hello, amigos! ¡El soy quando agunto! ¡Ella balloona balunga espanyo!
Did that sound Spanish to you? I bet that means something. And guess what? I've never had one lesson! It's just that I have a natural gift for Spanish. I was able to pick it up all by myself, "outside the system," if you will.
When I was a kid, I thought a foreign language would take a long time to learn. That's what society tells you, probably because of the anti-foreign attitude in America. They're trying to discourage people from going foreign, I guess.
Go to any bookstore. They have books for learning how to speak Spanish, books made up entirely of Spanish words, dictionaries for figuring out what something means in Spanish. Can you believe people need books to learn Spanish? It sure came easy to me!
In high school, Spanish was taught by Mr. Gomez, and you could spend years learning every single word. Forget that! I'm sure I've got the gist of it. I don't need any classes or books, because I can speak Spanish without all that. I mean, ¡Balunga el baguayo con blinko! Don't tell me that didn't sound Spanish! And it sure didn't take three years of high school to learn. Forget thatI've got a life!
I could see Chinese taking a long time to learn. I mean, look at it! But Spanish is pretty normal by comparison, with all those American letters and stuff. I've heard people speaking Spanish, and they're not doing anything I can't do. They're just talking! Ever watch Sesame Street? They have little kids speaking Spanish on there! Are we supposed to believe these little kids graduated from high school already? Even Alejandro, this guy I work with at the Cinnabon at the mall, speaks Spanish, and he's dumb as a stump! He's barely got English down, let alone a foreign language! I rest my case. ¡Alabunto quénto galoodi!
Also, I live near Taco Bell. In case you don't live here in Monroe, Taco Bell is this really good Spanish restaurant they have next to Video Hut. It's so good, in fact, they opened another one at the mall. They only sell Spanish food there, so every time you go in and give your order, you're speaking Spanish! And since nobody goes to Taco Bell more than I do, that's another reason I can speak Spanish so well! ¡Ellaquanto burritõs! ¡Grandé baloobos! ¡El hoolio!
But another reason I can speak Spanish is that I've been watching tons of Univision lately. Just yesterday, there was this soap opera on, called Ellabungo Juanita or something like that, and I was completely following it! This girl and guy were in bed together, and this other guy came in and was all mad. Just from listening, I could tell that the girl in bed was cheating on the guy who'd just walked in. There were no subtitles, I just figured it out! You folks reading this might have needed Spanish lessons to understand what was going on, but I'm on the fast track, Charlie!
Spanish girls are really hot, which is another important use for Spanish. The girl in the apartment across the hall from me has dark hair and a dark complexion. I bet she's probably Spanish. One of these days, when I get a tuxedo and grow a little black mustache, I'm going to go over there with some flowers. Then, when she opens the door, oh, boy, that's when I'll turn on the Spanish! "¡Allabunto allaquento, senorita!" As for what will happen next, well, I'll just leave that to your imagination. The girls all think Ricky Martin is so sexy, but that's just because he speaks Spanish. When Ricky gets a load of me, he's going to go running back to Spain!
So, until next time, my fellow Spanishers, "¡Ellaquanto paganyo balagoonda!"
The most romantic sounding tongue is the one that the hot girl in the miniskirt on Univision is speaking.
Why do you think I became fluent in Spanish?
porque la Sofia Vergara esta buena.......
BS, the most romantic sound to a woman is the sound of a ca$h regi$ter.
It's the same in any language $money$ Talks, bullshit walks.
Incidentally, I speak both Spanish and Italian, cash trumps both.
Why do you think all the mojados come to America? Because they like the food?
A lot sooner than that, sir. I am brushing up on my Spanish...it's always good to understand the language of your enemy. I don't look forward to learning Chinese, though.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
LOL! Thats pretty good.
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