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Old 07-15-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Lets compromise and go with Basque...has some speakers in both France and Spain. Makes as much sense as French.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I think America is tooo far behind other nation's when it comes to foriegn literacy and it's not a good thing. It's almost like we, as a country, feel like we're too good to teach our children foreign languages.
Facts! Maybe it is related to the disinterest of traveling that is so widespread throughout our country. Still a majority of Americans do not hold a passport. I believe that only around 40% of us have passports...
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Old Yesterday, 06:16 AM
 
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I think America is tooo far behind other nation's when it comes to foriegn literacy and it's not a good thing. It's almost like we, as a country, feel like we're too good to teach our children foreign languages.
We have trouble teaching our kids math, science, and English. Focus there first, second languages can wait, well, secondly.
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Old Yesterday, 06:17 AM
 
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That all said, I’m in favor of Latin being taught in middle school or so, and then another language later.
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Old Yesterday, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Knowing French is absolutely pointless. I've lived near the Canadian border half my life and have been to Canadian countless times and have never, not once, been in a situation where I needed to know French.
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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That all said, Iím in favor of Latin being taught in middle school or so, and then another language later.
I totally agree. I took Latin in middle school and it really stuck with me. Now my grandkids are taking Latin in middle school as well, and are learning a lot about languages and history as well. Very cool stuff.
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM
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Wait a few years and English will be our second language!
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Old Yesterday, 09:12 PM
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I speak Spanish(even tho Im not hispanic or latin or ethnically related) and I find it incredibly useful beyond comparison in California.

After 15+ years of speaking the language, I couldnt imagine not being able to communicate with spanish speaking neighbors and people at the store, on the street etc.

Its incredibly natural to speak in spanish in many places around the US.
I lost my Spanish language skills having immigrated to the US in the 1950's when very few people spoke Spanish.

I do prefer traveling in Mexico rather than California since more people speak English in Mexico.
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Old Today, 01:27 PM
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I do prefer traveling in Mexico rather than California since more people speak English in Mexico.


Funny but true
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