Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Si puedes leer esto...

...estás mejor que la mayoría de los estadiounidenses (or, Wenn du dies lesen können, du bist besser als meistens Amerikaner, or, Si vous lisez ceci, vous êtes mieux que la plupart des Américains, or, Si pot llegir això, està millor que la majoria dels americans).

Don't get me wrong...I'm extremely happy to be a citizen of the United States, and I'm genuinely proud of and optimistic about what our country has to offer to the world. I also have no desire whatsoever to wade into a debate about our current immigration policies, or to challenge the fact that the English language is a necessary component of existence here in the US.

<soapbox> However, I think that too many of us are woefully naïve/apathetic about the necessity of understanding other languages. So far, I've studied 7 languages (granted...2-3 of them are essentially dead), and while I'm really only fluent in my native tongue, I'm working hard on adding fluency in at least one other language (Spanish). I think we Americans need to study language better, if for no other reason than to acknowledge that there's a whole world out there of unbelievable richness and culture that is only accessible via the local tongue. </soapbox>

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