If learning a new language was easy, I would be bi-lingual. I had this idea that I could learn (I could still hear) Spanish via Berlitz tapes as we hiked for months, but I had very little luck.
I admire anyone who speaks other languages. I am not in favor of bending the ‘USA’ to accommodate other languages, but I see nothing wrong with teaching a foreign language in our elementary schools. High school is a little late, I have a rough time remembering just a few words of French.
I am not in favor of our laws, signs, forms, etc being printed in many languages. I think the official language of the USA should be English, and business be done in English.
I think we as citizens should be tolerant as the new ‘citizens’ learn the language. If we knew their language it would help.
Example: Once we were in France driving thru a small village. WE went into a small store for some drinks and snacks. WE were having a TOUGH time conversing until a nice lady who spoke English came over and interpreted for us. I loved that lady!
Once in Mexico, Sherry and I were trying to order a meal, WE WERE LOST (language wise). Fortunately my dentist walked in and smiling spoke to the waiter and ordered for us. What a relief.
We were lost in Germany, driving, could not find our way back to the motel. I was thanking the Lord for my little pocket translator, because I did not run into an angel who spoke English.
You are blessed if you speak a couple languages, I have a tough time with English. So if you can help a foreign visitor get around in our country, do it, they will forever appreciate it.
(Shirl taught me Latin as a kid, but she didn’t explain it was Pig-Latin, did you speak Pig Latin?)
je vous aime beaucoup., J’taime beaucoup. Parlez vous Françie’? (Misspelled, but my extent of French.) I can count to 4 in Japanese. Then my Spanish is great. I can count to twenty, Si, amigo, caliente, and nada.
So I know ‘of’ 4 languages and only speak one.
Please understand how hard it is to explain, “I need to use the bathroom.” in a foreign country.
PS:Together Sherry and I have been in over 26 countries, we got by, but it would be so nice to speak the language when visiting.
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