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I think that all depends how OLD you are! My husband studied Spanish, it was
only thing offered, yet I went to boarding school and have a solid 15 years of
French, and 5 of German. I lived in Paris as an exchange student, and agree that
other countries are more tolerant of mispronunciation, yet, some of the Japanese
English on the Engrish web site I didn't even find humorous---because the
mistakes seemed to be made with words they didn't understand, and that is the
problem with English.
Please, how is one to know the many different meanings of "pussy," its like
saying "fag"--do you mean cigaret?
> I think Spanish is the most popular foreign language in US high schools
> (since it's the native language of most of our hemisphere), followed by
> French, and then either Latin or German.
> In the smaller public high schools, it pretty much depends upon which
> language one of the English teachers knows how to teach. I was lucky enough
> to go through high school during the years the French teacher retired and
> the school hired a Spanish teacher for her replacement. That was the only
> way I had the opportunity to study both at that level.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Damien Braniff [SMTP:dbraniff -at- iss-dsp -dot- com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2000 8:41 AM
> > To: TECHWR-L
> > Subject: Re: Appalling English
> > in Europe, a lot of non-UK residents speak at least 2 languages, often
> > more. In
> > the UK you're lucky if you get schoolboy French/German. I can't talk about
> > the
> > US but I get the impression that it's a similar story.
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