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Old 04-12-2010, 06:44 PM   #21
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:50 AM   #22
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Between middle school, high school, and college I took 7 years of Spanish. I was getting good at understanding it for awhile, but then it started to slip. Nowadays, I can read/write it better than I can understand it, and I can understand it better than I can speak it. I need to go live in a Spanish-speaking country for 6 months or something.

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Old 04-14-2010, 01:21 AM   #23
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Not to throw politics into this, I refuse to learn any Spanish at all. You move to another country, it's up to YOU to learn it's culture, language(s), and assimilate yourself into it.

I am learning German, though... although it's been a bit since I've worked with it. I figure, this way, when I move there in the future, I can live up to my expectations of Mexicans.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:18 AM   #24
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Not to throw politics into this, I refuse to learn any Spanish at all. You move to another country, it's up to YOU to learn it's culture, language(s), and assimilate yourself into it.
The USA's culture and languages are just whatever the fuck other people brought here. We are what we are because people came here, crushed the natives, and did their own thing.

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Old 04-14-2010, 03:30 PM   #25
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Not to throw politics into this, I refuse to learn any Spanish at all. You move to another country, it's up to YOU to learn it's culture, language(s), and assimilate yourself into it.

I am learning German, though... although it's been a bit since I've worked with it. I figure, this way, when I move there in the future, I can live up to my expectations of Mexicans.
It is hard not to learn conversational Spanish. At least where I live: every store and 80 percent of the products on store shelf have signs and branding in BOTH languages. Not to mention every form from private loan applications to government requests are in BOTH languages. So I can say that to live in a country for 20 years where in most areas you are exposed to English 24/7 and not being able to learn it says a whole lot to me.

Having said that I embrace the latino/mexican culture. I can hang over in latino hoods and have a good time. Almost got shot a few times but the fucking tacos are worth it. Some of those dudes come here and work really hard and want to help and love this country. Others are like progressive liberals who suck the life out of the system. Those people can fuck off.

So on topic. A little of Spanish, Arabic, and Portuguese. Although I forgot most of the Portuguese. I plan to learn Egyptian Dialects.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:27 AM   #26
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integration's a wonderful thing though. if people refuse to integrate then they isolate themselves. America's a sort of special case though, as it's been bi/trilingual since the European colonists arrived as you say.
Gonna quote part of a post Mervaka made, and then deleted, because I agree with it. The USA *IS* made up of many people from many walks of life.... but the predominate language is English(actually the dirivitive thereof, known as American....) By promoting Spanish above and beyond all other languages(which, if there is anyone from Spain on here, they will tell you that American English is to real English what Mexican Spanish is to real Spanish).... you are slapping those other people who bring their other languages and cultures to this land, right in the face. The only time I see a fairly equal distribution of languages on products, is when they come from Europe.

Yes, English is the predominate language here.... so that being a given, learn it or stay isolated. -OR- be fair and adopt all of the primary languages for potential usage.

That's how it's done in Europe.... but then again, this country *IS* FUBAR'd...
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i'd like to point out i deleted it because i realised this isn't the D&A forum.
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Took one 3 month course of Spanish in my final year of high school, and I'm living in South America right now. Rather spectacular how fast you pick up a language when you're forced to speak it.

In university I hope to do a formal study of English, because we're not taught grammar and structure and tenses in school. I'm also going to continue my study of Spanish, take up French for its practicality in Canada, and throw German in the mix as well.
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