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Post #548728 - Reply to (#548725) by kingbui
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I don't know about the school districts in other parts of America, but where I'm from, foreign language is required. After three years of Spanish I'd say I'm about as proficient as a native speaking child which was good enough to travel through Mexico.


Yes, most states in America require at least two years of a given foreign language in order to qualify for admittance to university.

Depends on what state you live in. For example, my state, Florida, requires the two years only as a university requirement, but not as a compulsory subject needed to graduate high school.

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2 - English and modern Hebrew. I used to know some Spanish, but I've forgotten it since I started taking Hebrew. I can read, speak, and write in both print and cursive Hebrew. I can read and understand Biblical Hebrew, but since the conjugations are so different I can't speak it (example: past tense in Biblical Hebrew somehow became future tense in moder Hebrew... not quite sure how).

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Hebrew, English, Russian and Juhuri language. I also can understand Japanese in most cases.

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Yes, most states in America require at least two years of a given foreign language in order to qualify for admittance to university.

Depends on what state you live in. For example, my state, Florida, requires the two years only as a university requirement, but not as a compulsory subject needed t ...


Yep, Minnesota (where I grew up, though now I'm at college and am far away smile) requires at least one year of a foreign language to graduate high school. I believe that most high school students who go on to higher education have at least one year of a foreign language. Ah, stereotypes, though I bet it was true a decade or so ago that most Americans didn't know another language. Anyway, I'm happy to say I know four! XD Though I am not a Modern Languages major, I do know English, Hmong, French, and Japanese.

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Spanish and English.

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I believe that most high school students who go on to higher education have at least one year of a foreign language.


From what I noticed in the US most high school students just take the easy route and try Spanish but end up forgetting a lot of it afterwards. Which can be due to various reasons.



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English is my first language. My mother tongue is another. My parents use 3 other languages with me (when I was younger). I can watch movies spoken in any of those languages and understand 100% of them, but I can't read, write or speak proficiently in those other languages (other than English).

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I can read, speak, write, and understand Tagalog and English proficiently. Currently taking my second year of Spanish smile

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Yep, Minnesota (where I grew up, though now I'm at college and am far away smile ) requires at least one year of a foreign language to graduate high school. I believe that most high school students who go on to higher education have at least one year of a foreign language. Ah, stereotypes, though I ...


Except one year of a foreign language isn't going to get you anywhere close to proficiency. It's just a cursory knowledge that either ends up useless or forgotten. One year is barely better than none, especially when it comes to apathetic high school students.

Countries that integrate mandatory foreign language study from an early age and continue it throughout schooling produce considerably more multilingual citizens. The US does not. It's not a stereotype, it's a statistical fact.

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however, studies show that children taught another language from a young age show more brain development and generally do better in school than their monolingual peers. doesn't matter if they end up using the language or not, it's good education.

also, considering that the US is approaching "melting pot" status (in certain areas at least), why not? jobs that deal with the public a lot (even low level retail) always jump at the chance to hire a multilingual person.

i know english and spanish fluently. biggrin

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It's not a stereotype, it's a statistical fact


The stereotype I'm referring to is that Americans don't know any other language other than English and that is not a fact since there are many Americans who know two languages.

Though I do agree that one year of another language is not enough, but I do know there are elementary schools, public elementary schools, that are foreign language immersion schools. So there is an effort now in the US to have foreign language study from an early age. I was just saying that it's changing and the stereotype doesn't apply as much now.

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I hope so as I can then add Scots to my list.

Does anyone else find the the way the first option is posed kind of douchey?
I'm a Canadian so it's no skin off my back, but if I was American, I'd say the person who created the poll was a bit of a dick.


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The stereotype I'm referring to is that Americans don't know any other language other than English and that is not a fact since there are many Americans who know two languages.

Though I do agree that one year of another language is not enough, but I do know there are elementary schools, public e ...



She/he is quite correct I took Spanish back in elementary for 6 years
Incoming High schooler have to take two years of a foreign language to be able to graduate
So as she/he said it doesn't apply as much anymore



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being an american doesnt mean you only speak one language. i was born in america, but my parents are cuban, so i speak english and spanish. america is a melting pot of different people. but i dont think that makes me less of an american. just saying. lol

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being an american doesnt mean you only speak one language. i was born in america, but my parents are cuban, so i speak english and spanish. america is a melting pot of different people. but i dont think that makes me less of an american. just saying. lol

The comments are just jokes bigrazz read the entire post. He's just playing on the stereotype that americans only care about themselves.

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though it really depends on region -_- in some places the government is abolishing cultural studies of any kind because its UN-AMERICAN OMG. naturally language requirement is next to nothing.

although there are plenty of school with language immersion nowadays, i'd say it's still a trend that isn't quite catching on yet ;( freaking government and their shrinking education budgets @_@

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