Post # 17
Yes. Because learning a language allows you to also learn a culture. With that comes a bigger/better perspective of the world, and leads to less narrow-mindedness.
It should be mandatory. My school started kids with English in second grade, and french in third grade. That continued until you finished highschool. Unfortunately for me, I finished HS and later Uni. in the US so although I perfected my english, I totally lost French. Although I do speak 3 languages, so that’s not bad…
Post # 18
Yes, I do think it’s important and not just for the aspect of being able to communicate in two or more languages. I think it is a good way to further develop and utilize your brain. I wish I had been exposed to a 2nd language earlier in life.
I took French in high school for 4 years and then took it in college for another 3 years with various courses on culture and theater. My only regret was not taking the one or two classes needed to have it as my minor in college and not using it now more often. My fiance knows Spanish pretty well and has an amazing ability to recall it on a moment’s notice to speak with others. We plan on teaching our kids a 2nd language as early as we can.
Post # 20
I think it’s good. I think knowing more than one language is cool. I was pretty damn good at French in junior high and high school and I loved it, but I didn’t have time to take it in university so I have forgotten most of it. If my elementary schools had offered it maybe it would have been easier to retain since younger kids learn languages more easily.
Post # 21
Yes, I think we should require at least 1. But the more the merrier in my opinion!
I had French for 3 years in HS and then another 2 years in college. I had 1 year of German. I don’t remember much German, but I still remember a decent amount of French (8 years after the last time I took any courses). I can read quite a few other languages with help from dictionaries but I can’t speak those. I always enjoyed learning languages!
Post # 22
I think the more languages you know, the more wordly and intelligent you are overall. That said, I think some languages are more useful than others.
Unfortunately, I’ve never been very good at languages. Because I am from Quebec, I can speak French (Or at least Quebecois haha) but every time I’ve tried to learn a new language I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around it. I really wish I could learn Italian so that I could read Dante’s Divine Comedy in it’s original form. I would also love to learn Greek and Hebrew for Bible study purposes.
Post # 23
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
It’s great for young developing brains. I speak Spanish pretty well and it’s soooo nice to be able to speak with Hispanic people in their own language, let alone travel in Latin America and understand what’s going on!
Post # 24
i think it is great to learn more than one lanuage.
it’s great on your resume.
Post # 25
@MrsRuby: It’s a very important skill to have. Additionally, the bilingual schools (10/90 or 50/50) are showing students with overall higher academic success and higher graduation rates. It’s much easier to learn a second language at a young age than when you start as a teenager or adult.
Post # 26
- Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World
Yes and Yes. I grew up with three languages (incl. English) and now I am learning a fourth. I really think learning languages has helped me in other areas of my life, and made me more confident overall. Plus, in this increasingly globalized environment, I think knowing an extra language or two will become almost essential in the future. Some parents require their children to learn a musical instrument, but when i have kids I will require them to learn a foreign language.
Post # 27
I think it’s an incredibly important skill that isn’t emphasized enough in our school system. With each day we’re becoming increasingly more global and in huge portions of the world not being bi- or multilingual literally prevents you from even securing employment. That being said, my job depends on me knowing another language so every day I see first-hand how important this skill is. And this goes not just for me but for others that have non-language employment. Their knowledge of another language is still a valuable asset even if their job doesn’t require them to translate anything officially.
Post # 28
Yes, absolutely. It’s embarrassing how far behind the U.S. is in this area compared to other countries.
I speak 5 languages (English, Russian, Spanish, Polish, French & I can read Ukrainian & Italian pretty well) because of my career, and I still am jealous of many of my European colleagues/friends who speak so many more.
Post # 29
I think it’s important to know more than one language and that kids should be started in elementary school. I only took three years of French in high school and wish I took it more seriously. I can read French, but I tend to get lost when spoken. The work I do is international and we have translators, but my goal is to catch onto Portuguese. That would rule.
Post # 30
I speak spanish and english, and I want to learn polish!
Post # 31
I totally agree that languages should be taught at a younger age. Americans are way behind on this. I think the problem with this is that school boards or the government would have to agree on a second language (since classes aren’t split up in elementary school) and it doesn’t seem like that will ever happen!
What second language does everyone think elementary aged Americans should learn? I think Spanish is a good choice because of our proximity to Mexico and Central and South America, but it seems like a lot of people are afraid of Spanish becoming too commonly spoken the US.