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Nancy asks…

Is it important for Americans to learn new languages?

Us Americans are often criticized, especially by Europeans, for not making an effort to learn languages other than English. My theory on this is that geographically, we are too far apart from Europe for it to really matter. It just isn’t practical as an American to learn a new language (Unless you travel a lot, and Spanish being an exception). Europeans border countries who speak many languages, so it is practical for them to learn them. I personally would like to learn a 2nd, or even third language, but I don’t think the criticism directed towards Americans is really fair. What are your thoughts?

Denny answers:

You have answered the question yourself. We are one huge continent larger than Europe who speak predominantly English. There are virtually no chances to practice a foreign language and English is the dominant economic language now internationally.

It is hard to learn and maintain another language in the US but with Satellite TV and Internet it is easier than ever to learn to read and understand any language – though not speak.

Maybe you need to tell the Swiss to learn some languages. I live in the Swiss German speaking part of Switzerland now and most people see no need in learning any of their other national languages (French, Italian) or English. Yet, Switzerland is about the size of Mississippi. 21 percent have only nine years of school and don’t speak standard German either.

I have never known many French or Germans to speak much English. Only the Scandinavians and Dutch are masters of the English language in Europe .

We are supposed to be a melting pot and not a mosaic so everyone is supposed to learn English. This is why we had a free public school system before other countries.

We should be learning other languages but they need to be Chinese or Japanese perhaps. These are the future economic powers of the world. But, even they may choose English as their economic language. In Luxembourg, for instance, they speak a Germanic local dialect and French or English for business.

I am a fluent French/English bilingual and French has been virtually useless to me. It allowed me to obtain a graduate degree from the University of Paris which no one cares about either! Without a degree in education I can’t even teach French! I also have studied Danish, German, Spanish and Italian as well as some Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

Any knowledge of European languages is to read old classics, for historical purposes or mental exercise. These languages are of the past and not of the future.

And, so, yes, in short I agree with you 100%. However, I do wish that languages were required more at least at the Ph.D. Level for research as they used to be.

We do get a bum rap. I bet there are as many Americans with a high level of French as French with a high level of English, for instance. And, they have more access to English than we do to French.

I also think that it’s very difficult for anyone to maintain an extremely high level of multiple languages without one affecting the other in some way (either accent or grammar).

P.S. Regarding one comment: English doesn’t come from Latin; it has a lot of Latin and French influence so appears about 50% Latin but it is a Germanic language. It is true that if you know Latin you have a leg up on the Romantic languages.

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