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Language of choice: As US changes, many trying to learn Spanish
The Boston Globe ^ | 1/27/2003 | Cindy Rodriquez

Posted on 01/27/2003 8:09:57 AM PST by Prolixus

Edited 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: education; language; spanish
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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages states that more than 4 million of the 6 million high school students who studied a foreign language in 2000 took Spanish.

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:


1 posted on 01/27/2003 8:09:57 AM PST by Prolixus
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To: Prolixus
If I understood Spanish, I would watch a lot of Telemundo. The women on those shows are dynamite.
2 posted on 01/27/2003 8:12:25 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: Prolixus
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, if we are conducting business in the USA and Spanish speaking people want to do business here, then they should learn English like everybody else.

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.

3 posted on 01/27/2003 8:15:30 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Prolixus
Wouldn't it be more useful to waste our money on teaching spanish speakers English?

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

4 posted on 01/27/2003 8:16:47 AM PST by South Hawthorne
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To: WaveThatFlag
If I understood Spanish, I would watch a lot of Telemundo. The women on those shows are dynamite.

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.

5 posted on 01/27/2003 8:19:51 AM PST by Prolixus
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To: Prolixus
My daughter is learning both Spanish and Latin in a charter school in Michigan. Those children that learn Latin have a basis for decoding most medical and biological terms. I agree with you that this is important.
6 posted on 01/27/2003 8:24:27 AM PST by netmilsmom (Partly cloudy because I'm a mom)
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To: KC_Conspirator
... if we are conducting business in the USA and Spanish speaking people want to do business here, then they should learn English like everybody else.

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.

7 posted on 01/27/2003 8:26:30 AM PST by Prolixus
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To: WaveThatFlag
I don't let my poor grasp of Spanish get in the way of my telemundo-ogling :)
8 posted on 01/27/2003 8:33:20 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: WaveThatFlag

Me gusta la lengua tambien.

9 posted on 01/27/2003 8:39:17 AM PST by onedoug
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To: KC_Conspirator
Have you been to a McDonalds or Burger King lately where they do not speak English? You will be seeing them soon....






10 posted on 01/27/2003 8:41:57 AM PST by .45MAN (Welcome to America. Now speak ENGLISH!)
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Hey, it could be worse: I live in Larchomnt, NY, home of The French American School. Any frog who works for their embassy or a French corporation, and has small kids lives in or near my town so that their kids can be educated in French. As a result, there are a couple of stores in my town that have signs in French instead of English.
11 posted on 01/27/2003 8:45:48 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: .45MAN
I have been in a McDonald's actually in Mexico and they spoke English there. I just wish they would do the same in east LA....
12 posted on 01/27/2003 8:54:53 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: onedoug
My goodness!!!


(more please)
13 posted on 01/27/2003 9:02:19 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: Prolixus
I live here in North Atlanta in a little place I have dubbed 'Little Havana'. It is sad...very sad. It is to the point where all the announcements over the speakers in department stores is all spanish and all the drive thrus place their best english speakers to take orders and their english is broken at best.

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.

14 posted on 01/27/2003 9:06:22 AM PST by cdefreese
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To: Clemenza; Cacique
FYI
15 posted on 01/27/2003 9:08:52 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: nutmeg; Clemenza; Cacique
When I lived in Germany, I discovered that many Americans think ALL foreigners are Mexicans. My boss was a Texan, who called all waiters "Muchacho."
16 posted on 01/27/2003 9:15:32 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: Prolixus
Actually, there are a couple of things I like about Spanish:

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!

17 posted on 01/27/2003 9:29:46 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Prolixus
Multiculturalism is a Canadian word that originated when it was realized that the word biculturalism excluded Native Americans, etc.
18 posted on 01/27/2003 9:30:10 AM PST by BlackTriangle
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To: WaveThatFlag
I'm sure your world will crumble apart if there is french on shop signs. Let me guess, it's not "french instead of English," it's "french and English" on those shop signs.
19 posted on 01/27/2003 9:32:42 AM PST by BlackTriangle
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To: BlackTriangle
Nope, it's French instead of English.
20 posted on 01/27/2003 9:36:08 AM PST by WaveThatFlag
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