- Feb 2, 2010
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- Granada, España
- Political Leaning
- Libertarian - Left
It makes sense to prepare students to compete in the job market.
Promoting the learning of Turkish amongst German students is a completely different matter to requiring Turkish students to learn German. You live in a country you should be required to speak one of the official languages of that country. The benefits of Germans learning Turkish would be enormous though. It would promote rather than damage inter-communal understanding; it would open students' minds to a different way of viewing the world; it would open students up to an appreciation of a rich and varied culture, literature and art; and it would be a great academic discipline to master. Win-win, in my opinion. Also, Turkish is SUCH a beautiful language and, I reckon, not that difficult for German speakers. German and Turkish share quite a lot of grammatical features such as agglutination, case agreement, syntax. I found my schoolboy German helped me quite a lot in learning Turkish.
Never this is America we speak English it's fine to speak your native tounge but you will learn English. Learning a secondary language should always be a choice.
I didn't say they did. Let me repeat the question: When the time comes that the number of Spanish speakers in New Mexico surpasses the number of English speakers, will you take a stand against the teaching of English?
Why not? We can't just close ourselves off from the rest of the world, and not knowing any foreign languages is just a way to fulfill the "ugly American" stereotype.
Any job in North America where Spanish is a required language is likely only to be a ghettoized job or low wages and low value, likely in limited retain selling product to a predominantly Spanish only speaking clientelle. I'd be happy to be proven wrong if you can identify for me the types of "careers" in America, even southern American states, where Spanish speaking is mandatory for high-paying, career type employment - and please don't include immigration lawyer or criminal defense attorney.
Oil jobs that deal with Latin America are high paying and require Spanish.
Indeed they might - but when did Latin America become part of the United States of America? I'd be interested in knowing which Latin American oil company set up shop in America and required its employees to speak Spanish? I'd also be interested in knowing whether or not the EPA or some other such government agency would require workers in such a dangerous environment to be proficient in English while working in the USA.
I presume, just like any multinational company, when an American based multinational sets up shop in a foreign country, many of the jobs they create in that country go to those who live in the country and speak that country's language but will also, as responsibilities and job profile increase, require proficiency in English as the world's language of commerce. As a result, I would expect any foreign company setting up shop in America would require English be known and conduct almost all of its American business in English.
Many U.S. oil company geologists and engineers must travel there for very high pay. It is common. These would be U.S. citizens. I know several. Exxon, and Marathon for sure want U.S. citizen Spanish speakers.
And do you know WHY their language is becoming our language? Because of stupid suggestions like this. We'd rather pander to immigrants than expect them to learn our language. I don't mind immigrants coming here, not necessarily even by the boatloads. What I do have a problem with is them showing up, refusing to learn the language, and then expecting us to change. It's ridiculous.
We need to change our society that this isn't the case. If we did a lot of business with south america, that would be one thing, but instead it's because there are so many lazy spanish speakers who refuse to learn english.
NO. Not only shouldn't it be required, it shouldn't be ALLOWED. Nor should French, German, or anything other than English.
What do you call someone who can speak three languages? Trilingual.
What do you call someone who can speak two languages? Bilingual.
What do you call someone who can speak only one language? American.
EDITED: This is old data that used to be contained on the Wikipedia site on Spanish language in the U.S. (link below) The site has changed, and no longer gives those percentages by state (although it does give percentages by country, as does this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_in_the_United_States_by_countr.gif ) I'll try to find another link.
The 2004 American Community Survey (from the U.S. Census Bureau) these are the percentages of Spanish speakers living in the U.S., by state:
New Mexico: 43.27%
New York: 15.96%
New Jersey: 13.89%
The remaining states have less than 10% of their populations speaking Spanish.
Spanish language in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spanish is also predicted to become the world's second most spoken language (after Chinese) by 2050.
Should Spanish be a required subject in school? If so, for which states and starting in what grades?
I think it is a bigoted myth.
In my experience people who speak Spanish with little English are very recent immigrants, or came here as an older adult and are too busy working to learn much English. I don't believe that many refuse to learn English. Do you have any proof of that? I think it is a bigoted myth.
However, by law per the Treaty Of Guadalupe, Hispanics in the southwest USA have a special right to speak Spanish.
What do you call someone who can speak three languages?
What do you call someone who can speak two languages?
What do you call someone who can speak only one language?
(this is a joke told throughout much of the world)