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Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Oct 8th '12

I think I'm going to have to vote undecided. I think if you immigrate to another country, it is your responsibility to learn that country's native language. However, I don't think there are enough resources for these people to learn English, so I think the focus should be on offering cheap/free English classes. I mean, if I were to move to Spain right now, I don't know a lick of Spanish. I would need a teacher so that I could learn. I couldn't learn by just living there.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I guess I don't really get it. I've never heard of anybody trying to force the English speakers to learn another language to accommodate illegals."


Well, I guess in some public schools the kids are "forced." In my county, there is a Spanish immersion elementary school where half days are taught in English, and the other half taught in Spanish.

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting bbbt:" I think I'm going to have to vote undecided. I think if you immigrate to another country, it is your ... [snip!] ... now, I don't know a lick of Spanish. I would need a teacher so that I could learn. I couldn't learn by just living there. "


I don't know about that. I have 4 brothers who all speak 2nd languages, which they learned by moving to those countries and just immersing themselves in it.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I don't know about that. I have 4 brothers who all speak 2nd languages, which they learned by moving to those countries and just immersing themselves in it."


I don't have a knack for languages. I grew up in a German and English speaking household and I can't speak German. I mean, I know certain phrases/words, but am certainly not fluent. I would need an actual teacher, every day.

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting bbbt:" Well, I guess in some public schools the kids are "forced." In my county, there is a Spanish immersion elementary school where half days are taught in English, and the other half taught in Spanish. "


My husband wants our kids to go to a local Spanish immersion school. But my husband speaks Spanish so I want him to just teach our kids Spanish.

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 22962 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I don't know about that. I have 4 brothers who all speak 2nd languages, which they learned by moving to those countries and just immersing themselves in it."


Yeah, this is how most do it. I don't think it's the governments responsibility to teach immigrants english, that has to be their responsibility.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting Spencer Pratt:" Yeah, this is how most do it. I don't think it's the governments responsibility to teach immigrants english, that has to be their responsibility. "


Adults, or kids too? Because we teach child immigrants English in school.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" That's what we do here in most private schools... I think it's wonderful!! "


From what I've heard, it's a huge success.

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
Oct 8th '12

There is no official language in US. So that jacket is not only ignorant, it is pretty inaccurate. English isn't the official language.

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 22962 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting bbbt:" Adults, or kids too? Because we teach child immigrants English in school. "


I'm speaking mostly of adults. Children legally in school in the US such as children of illegal immigrants who are US born or first generation children who did not learn English in the home should be taught English in school. I don't think they should have separate classes, immersion is the most successful method IMO.



When I was in Jr there were cousins who moved here from Mexico and a girl from Sudan, she spoke very little english and the cousins spoke next to no english. Within a year they were pretty fluent, within in two you could hardly tell they weren't native speakers.

**Mommy to A.J. & Amber** 2 kids; New Paltz, New York 868 posts
Oct 8th '12

IMO... If you are going to be here (USA) at least make an attempt to learn english.

**Mommy to A.J. & Amber** 2 kids; New Paltz, New York 868 posts
Oct 8th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:</b>" Even if they attempt to learn, they might not learn. English is hard, especially when you think of how fast the average American speaks and the amount of slang you use in one hour!! :?"</blockquote>




No excuse... Sometimes you have to work for what you want. There are adult education classes to take advantage of to at least learn the bare basics.

**Mommy to A.J. & Amber** 2 kids; New Paltz, New York 868 posts
Oct 8th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:</b>" My parents have lived in Guatemala for 11 years and still cannot speak Spanish. My mom pretty much gave up but my dad still tries.... and fails. And English is a lot harder than Spanish. "</blockquote>




Keep trying...

AngelGabriel'sMama 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 2103 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" My parents have lived in Guatemala for 11 years and still cannot speak Spanish. My mom pretty much gave up but my dad still tries.... and fails. And English is a lot harder than Spanish. "

:!:
I picked up on Spanish like I was meant to speak it but it took SO about 3 years after moving here to speak English really well. He still gets confused sometimes after 6 years. Too much slang.

AngelGabriel'sMama 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 2103 posts
Oct 8th '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" And there is new slang in English all the time. I've not been to the USA in forever, and half the reason I still know some of the slang is because of the internet! haha"

Yep, totally understand that. People are coming up with abbreviations and slang like it's nothing. I swear I didn't know what YOLO meant until like last week and why someone would make t-shirts with that on it is beyond me... I mean isn't it common knowledge that we only live once?