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American Jingoism

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2002, 14:19
Bouncing off what Simen and Christophe say:

--- Simen Rustad <simen-r@...> wrote:

> > Christophe wrote:
> > > > > > > > > >On the contrary, it's exactly at the point. I had > explained that I had > > >begun > > >English learning at that age too, and Dutch > learning only now, 15 years > > >later. > > >Though I began learning English at the age of 10, > it took me more than 10
> >
But then,
> we've only had English for between six and eight > years ... I'm currently > studying French on my third year, and struggling > with vocabulary. > > Simen >
Count yourselves lucky! In the US you rarely start a foreign language until you're 14 to 16. Attempts to start younger are usually bilingual efforts in heavily Spanish-speaking areas, where it is highly controversial, because, *of course*, everybody should learn English. :P No state requires a foreign language to graduate high school (high school graduation is usually a least-common-denominator sort of priniciple, because how dare we set up different conditions for different needs and circumstances). And though maybe 40% of Americans have taken at least one year of a foreign language (correct me if I'm wrong--the number's floating in my head for some reason), hardly anyone has a good recollection of it, unless they've had maybe four or six semesters in college (what programs that do require foreign language generally require only two semesters). Clint __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Got something to say? Say it better with Yahoo! Video Mail