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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2002, 18:02

>>Second, I find it interesting that American students shy away from
French in favor of Spanish in part because of the spelling.<< You mean MOST American students... Je ne parle pas espagnol, mais je parle pas français un peu. ;)
>>It's first an indicator of the problems in traditional second-language
education, beginning focus right from the start on reading and writing, which is not a natural way to learn a language.<< That's true, but then, the teachers also speak the language as much as they can in the classroom (at least, in the classrooms I've been in). But I agree, not the most effective way to learn. It's ineffectiveness shows itself in some of the anglicized pronunciations of French in my class (pronouncing plural "s", for one).
>>Then, of course, there is the fact that Americans study second languages
much too late.<< Yes, so true. I didn't even get the opportunity to learn another language until middle school. Some places don't even have it then. When I went to middle school for half a year in Vegas (I moved down here in 8th grade, moved back to Reno in the middle of 8th, and moved back down this past summer, in case you care...), they didn't offer foreign languages until 8th grade (and then it was Spanish and German, and no French, which I kind of wonder about). Another thing that really bothers me is that it isn't even required in elementary and secondary schools to learn a foreign language, which puts the US behind practically every other nation in the world.
>>And finally, Americans focus way too much on spelling, not realizing
that the only reasons they do are because Webster suffered from overweening patriotism and most bored-stiff pioneers only had his dictionary for entertainment, so they invented spelling bees. Dana! Clint<< Hehehe... spelling bees... Though, it is useful for English speakers to focus on spelling, at least in English, because it is so difficult. You should see how some of my peers spell... sometimes it's so bad you can't even understand it, which defeats the purpose of (written) communication. OT: I assume most pioneers probably had a bible, but then, I don't think that's much more entertaining than a dictionary, imo.... The Aquamarine Demon __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Sports - Coverage of the 2002 Olympic Games


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