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    well... since spanish is the next biggest language in this contry next to english, it would be good to learn it..if you feel so emotional to learn it, then dont, they are only trying to help you out. as time goes on, there will be more spanish people, as a matter of fact, statistics say in 10 years or so latino will be the majority in the USA. so do yourself a favor and learn spanish..lol

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    Here they dont force you to learn Spanish(although in rare cases they do) but they force you to learn German or French.....or both. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
    Luckily, its only for 3 years.....after that you can choose if you take any languages, and in some cases(like in my school) you can also choose to do Latin.
    But I dont see the point in forcing people to learn a second language if they dont want to.......the people who dont want ot learn it will probably just mess around in the lesson.
    It should be a choice if you want ot do another language or not.

    When I moved from Bosnia I HAD to learn English.......I learned it in 6 months, mainly because everyone at school spoke English.
    The most effective way to learn another language is to move to the country for a few months.
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    altrade,
    If I understand you correctly, you basically said that since in our lifetime its likely that hispanics will be the majority then we might as well learn to do things their way. If that is correct, the same could be said that if we invade another country, if we can out number them then they might as well accept it and turn to our ways. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] I surely hope that is not what you think.

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    Keep in mind I am all for multilingual but of your own accord.
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    War. War never changes. Est's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ] If they offered a list of languages to learn maybe I would or wouldn't go with Spanish
    Yeah, it's ugly- I had a choice of either French or Spanish- and the French teacher at my school is... Not good. There are classes at the local community college, but you can't take them as a freshman or sophomore and they're feeding us "You should have at least 3 years of a foreign language to get in to a college, 4 is better," so where does that leave me? I have no interest in learning Spanish and that makes it HARD. My spiel is I learn best when I'm interested. It's not like I am resisting it or something, and I'm really trying, but I'd find it much more useful to learn the grammar of my native language (German- I understand most everything but my writing is abysmal).
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    Quote[/b] ]My brother in law knows of a mexican who has lived here 19 years who can't speak English. It's evident he doesn't want to.
    See, this is SUCH a pain in the butt. If you don't want to learn English while in the US don't get angry at me when I don't speak your language. I'm not saying that your friend does that but I've seen it painfully often. I understand that there are some people who cannot learn it, but if you have time (and money at that) to bring yourself in to a Palace Arts and get angry with the employees for not speaking Spanish, then you have time to go to classes some time. English is the first language for only ONE of my family members- my youngest brother. When my family moved to California from Germany we all learned the language. There's no reason not to, it's not like we're "assimilationists" we still have our heritage and culture, we never gave up any of that, and German is still spoken between us.

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    Quote[/b] ]A basic grasp of English should be required for citizenship.
    A basic grasp is a requirement. My mother applied for citizenship and when she finally get her appointment they did make her do some basic things to prove that she could write english and she was talking to them in English. You can't really do anything about noncitizens, though. I'm learning their language, so how about them learning the national language?? Otherwise all that results are tight-knit areas of people who can't speak the language who then more often than not pursue complaining that they're "opressed". The thing is, there's ethnic bunching up like that only partially due to economic matters (in my area), it's primarily lack of willingness. I have pleanty of Mexican friends around here who speak Enlgish, and their parents too, they're first generation immigrants themselves.
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    I couldn't agree with your more Est. If you want to live here, speak our language.

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    Unhappy

    Funny, I don't hear the majority of Americans speak Odolwan, Lakota, Cheyenne, Oneida etc. Face it, invasions follow invasions. If this fact can't be swallowed, think how the Amerindians felt.

    Also, I've never perceived the United States as a melting pot. More as a mixed salad with putrid coagulations of dressing and out-of-date feta cheese.

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