posted on Nov, 27 2012 @ 10:13 PM
I also get Spanish ads on YouTube though I have the settings on English. Of course there are likely geographical reasons for that so I don't find it
I teach English at a private school, high school level, in Mexico. Most of my students have a fairly good understanding of English and can read it
fairly well though they mostly have difficulty speaking it, pronouncing the words. Native English speakers mostly have the opposite problem and have
trouble hearing it well. That is my observation. I can mostly conduct the classes in English but will repeat important points and explain difficult
concepts in Spanish for them.
I understand it is best to learn languages at a young age. Other than a few basic words I did not learn Spanish well until in my 50's. I have also
heard it recommended to take up learning a foreign language at an older age as a means to keep the mind sharp. Can't hurt.
English is an important language to know for many reasons. I can't think of a good reason to not also know another language other than lack of
interest. French is also taught at our school though with less emphasis than English, less student hours devoted to French. English is the language of
business, but the English-speaking countries are facing economic challenges at this time while other economies are on the rise, Spanish-speaking
countries among them.
For young Americans I would think there are many instances where some ability for speaking Spanish could be helpful in many career paths. I don't
think having that skill could be harmful at all though I doubt Spanish will become the world language, not any time soon.
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