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Originally posted by marg6043
Yes it is a few propositions to it in the congress but not body wants to get in the bad side of our rich miltibuilingual nation. This is a link of all the times in the US history that the English language as a national language has been brought to the light to die when nobody in congress wants to get their hands on it.
Originally posted by RANT
I'm not defending anyone that doesn't try...but I like to think I'm a fairly intelligent person and tried with all my might for a few years to learn Spanish (the reverse example) and couldn't.
I just couldn't. Maybe it was too late as I learned English (of course) then German while I was young (well enough to get by), but by the time I figured out I needed to know Spanish I just couldn't learn it.
From around 25 to 30 I took adult education language courses at Emory, I immersed myself in Spanish culture with remote destination travel, I traveled in multi-lingual circles and I practiced all I could, anywhere I could.
But bottom line, I sucked and when I travelled abroad they let me know it. Anything I learned I've long since brain flushed, and most of it was due to the attitide that my efforts weren't good enough by the native speakers (all of which preferred speaking English to me anyway than listening to me struggle), so I go out of my way to NOT be one of those ugly American eye rollers when immigrants or vacationers have a hard time here.
Ideally, I wish all of America was bi or tri lingual, as the rest of the world pretty much has given up on us learning their language when we travel so thankfully they learn English. But we just can't bother I suppose, or in my case...aren't smart enough.
So learn MY language you foreigners!!!