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Being Multilingual

Postby earthfriendly » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:33 am

"Partly because everyone who I have ever loved in this obscure language of mine, has loved me unconditionally."


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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 1:11 am

What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Tri-lingual.

What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual.

What do you call a person who speaks one language? American.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby earthfriendly » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 2:13 am

Lol, SE. I was excited when the third (I know, I know, picky mom, no school seems to fit) school they enrolled in offered Spanish language option at the elementary level. They are just passing time and told me many kids dislike the class. I think maybe due to the teacher. I am just glad they get some exposure though.

I encourage them to pick up any second language. Of their choice. No takers. I am the only enthusiast in this family.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 7:01 am

Strong Eagle wrote:What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Tri-lingual.

What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual.

What do you call a person who speaks one language? American.


And if you walk into any Wal-Mart you will soon learn that that one language better be Spanish or you cannot get a job there. :-k

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 7:24 am

Ken, if anyone in Texas speaks two languages, it is most likely a native Spanish speaker that speaks English as well. As of 2014, there are about 27 million people in Texas. Of that number about 35 percent or 9.45 million speak a language other than English in the home. 10.4 million identify as Hispanic. Department of Homeland Security estimates that there are 1.7 million illegals in Texas, which means about 8.7 million legal Hispanics, most of whom are citizens. Not surprising, given the proximity of Mexico and the history of Texas.

What's my point? Simply that the USA has no 'official' language, and with good reason. In Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California there are millions of Hispanic US citizens, a large number of whom speak Spanish as their first language.

I'd like to see the USA adopt Singapore like language policies, setting English as the language of government, and formalizing 3 or 4 more languages for signage, documents, etc.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 04 Aug 2015 9:01 am

My sister was a good example of that. Spanish was a requirement of the Florida Board of corrections. She had to learn Spanish in order to get a job as a Parole Officer there. They retired a couple of years ago now. But yeah, Florida is much like Texas in that respect. Oddly, I ran into the Spanish to get a job at Wal-Mart in Maryland in my home town of <10,000 population. When I left there weren't any Spanish speaking folks there at all. Heck we only had one Indian family and one Jewish family there. :-/

Times have changed. Not necessarily for the better it seems.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby the lynx » Thu, 06 Aug 2015 4:54 pm

I've met many parents (here in Asia) who institutionalised multilingualism at home. Probably it helps when you already have English as medium of instruction - you just need to add the national language, Malay and the mother tongue (as many dialects as possible). Not hard actually. Children actually pick up languages well in naturally-spoken environment.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby nakatago » Thu, 06 Aug 2015 8:00 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:I'd like to see the USA adopt Singapore like language policies, setting English as the language of government, and formalizing 3 or 4 more languages for signage, documents, etc.


The right wingnuts would go nuttier...

...although President Trump would send away all the rapists.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby American » Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:35 am

Who says Spanish is not an official language? Also have you ever seen how many languages there are on voting cards and DMV tests in California? Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, I'm sure there are a few others...

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby nakatago » Fri, 07 Aug 2015 6:26 am

American wrote:Who says Spanish is not an official language? Also have you ever seen how many languages there are on voting cards and DMV tests in California? Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, I'm sure there are a few others...


Used, but most probably not official.

Having additional languages just means the local government agencies are more accommodating of the immigrant population. It does not necessarily mean it's policy.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby x9200 » Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:00 am

After almost 15y in Singapore I consider myself zero-lingual.

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Re: Being Multilingual

Postby nakatago » Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:46 am

x9200 wrote:After almost 15y in Singapore I consider myself zero-lingual.


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Re: RE: Re: Being Multilingual

Postby ecureilx » Fri, 07 Aug 2015 2:30 pm

nakatago wrote:[quote=&quot;x9200&quot;]After almost 15y in Singapore I consider myself zero-lingual.


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