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“Should every American be able to speak at least two languages?” Poll results.

languages poll results

3 comments so far ↓

#1 leonia dunka on 05.18.10 at 5:47 pm

yes

#2 Daniel on 05.25.10 at 7:28 am

I think there is no harm in learning 2 or more languages, though It should be an optional. Nowadays in the world of computers it is advantageous if you speak a language other than your mother tougue.

Americans can not go backwards, they can only progress forwards; that is the only direction there is. America was established to be a melting pot of sorts; a country where people from varying backgrounds, with differing ethnic or racial characteristics, and people from different cultural heritages could come together to live in peace and maintain harmony.

#3 Alfredo on 06.04.10 at 4:38 am

I just want to share some famous quotes regarding languages:

If you can speak three languages you’re trilingual. If you can speak two languages you’re bilingual. If you can speak only one language you’re an American. ~Author Unknown

He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kunst and Alterthum

There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly. ~Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Learn a new language and get a new soul. ~Czech Proverb

English is a funny language; that explains why we park our car on the driveway and drive our car on the parkway. ~Author Unknown

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. ~Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. ~Jane Wagner

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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