Re: Appalling English

Subject: Re: Appalling English
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 12:31:46 -0600

Unfortunately, there is a tendency for native English speakers, especially here in
the U.S., to think English is the only language we need to learn. Not true! It
creates an impression of arrogance - we've Americans, you need to learn our
language, we don't need to learn yours, even if we're visiting your country. Maybe
it's just me, but that strikes me as rude.

We really should place more emphasis on learning other languages in our schools -
teach our children when they're young and their inquiring minds are like sponges
which haven't already been bombarded with too much information to absorb.

My opinion.

Jo Byrd

Bruce Byfield wrote, in part:

> ...I wonder if we'd feel so accepting if most of us weren't native
> English-speakers in unilingual North America? While a universal language is
> often convenient, and English's dominance has obvious historical reasons, the
> domination of English causes considerable resentment in some circles.
> <snipped>
> I'm a very poor linguist myself - I can understand a lot of French, and read a
> little German - but I feel my lack of ability something to be ashamed of, rather
> than to accept. On the whole, Europeans and Japanese put North Americans to
> shame in linguistic abilities.

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