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Old 08-20-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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<<We're very big here on English only - all business is done in English,>>

Yes, and two of the three countries that make up North America speak English for the most part. The language of international airline pilots is English, proving that English is an international language. Spanish, spoken by people from Spain, is very different from Spanish spoken in South and Central America, so when we're urged to 'learn Spanish,' it's the language spoken in South and Central America, and confined (as a national language) to that part of the world. It seems, therefore, that learning English would be a better choice.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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,,This attitude that "everyone else will speak English" is why English-speaking countries are losing so much business.>>

No, it's because English speaking countries, for the most part, are not third world countries, and don't provide the cheap labor desired by business.
Jamaica?
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Funny you would mention that. Friday I was talking to my son whose teacher told him that he scored the highest in his class on his French midterm exam. He loves languages and while he speaks some spanish (learned from his best friends' family who is mexican) he said that in preparation for globalization, Chinese is next on his list of languages.

I tend to agree with both you and my son.
It is an excellent idea to learn both Spanish and Chinese. The number of jobs requiring ability in Chinese is rising.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: southern california
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NONE of them? Not even a FEW? Must be a pretty unusual border town.
im sorry you are right i should think b4 i post. all the illegal kids who sneak over and attend our schools for free speak very good spanish. i stand corrected.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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I want to earn Spanish nevertheless, not because of illegal aliens however.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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The better approach would be for Mexican and other Central American schools to teach their children English.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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why is learning another language odious to americans? in strasburg (border town)everybody speaks german and french. whats the deal. none of the white or black kids here speak spanish. i live 12 miles from the border. whats up with that
It's the DEMAND of it.

If i moved to france and didn't speak french, i could get by, but i'd be looked down upon. AMERICA is the ONLY 1st world nation where you will be berated for expecting citizens to speak the common language.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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The better approach would be for Mexican and other Central American schools to teach their children English.
I agree considering the odds are better than 50/50 we will wind up with at least the northern tier of Mexican states if that nation implodes---------just looking at the narco war crap, connect the dots.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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In the corporate world when we have conferences that include people from several countries the language spoken is English. In global dealings the emails I send all over the world are in English as are the replies.

Now internally among themselves people are free to speak their native language but when it comes to global interaction, it's always been in English.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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I don't expect to be around in 10 years, so I'll stick with my "Redneck" slang.
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