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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    C'est dommage. Le français est une si belle langue!




    (That's too bad. French is such a beautiful language!)
    C'est dommage was one of my favorite phrases, along with "je ne sais pas" and "lentement, s'il vous plait."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Saw my niece last week during vacation and she was using Google translator to do her French homework! (She takes community college classes). She said all the kids are doing it and the teachers know but didnt care. They told them nobody will care at some point with all the translator programs out there. She said her computer homework was more important.
    Very true, google translate is actually very, very good now. I speak English and Spanish natively and German. Honestly, if I had to repeat German, I wouldn't do it. I would spend the time learning something else and not the least of which is fact I have met maybe a handful of Germans who can't speak English. Americans are lucky that the lingua franca of international business is English. Learning language #2 just isn't an imperative in most circumstances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by publius3 View Post
    If Star Trek has taught us ANYTHING its that EVERYBODY, including distant aliens in the Delta Quadrant -- speaks English.
    Iff'n English was good enough fer Jesus Christ, it oughtter be good enough fer EVERYWON!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    An undeserved feeling of superiority is one reason.

    "I'm kind of a big deal. If you want to speak to me, learn my language. I'm not going to stoop so low as to learn yours."
    I've always thought that's such a handicap, and I don't even mean the noble ideals of understanding another culture etc. (although I of course agree with everything that Enigma said in post #21) When I was in London or New York, I could and did eavesdrop on people at the next restaurant table. Those who expect, often more or less correctly, that everyone will learn their own language and accommodate them will never have that.

    I am now kind of half-assedly (I don't have time) trying to learn some basic Urdu. Now that is a challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    Me too.

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    The quick brown 🦊 jumps over 13 lazy 🐶.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Saw my niece last week during vacation and she was using Google translator to do her French homework! (She takes community college classes). She said all the kids are doing it and the teachers know but didnt care. They told them nobody will care at some point with all the translator programs out there. She said her computer homework was more important.
    I teach a lot of Medical Terminology classes and I have a blast with these classes now that every one carries a computer in their hands these days (Smart Phones) I have changed my entire approach to teaching this class...which is basically a foreign language if you think about it. Instead of forcing students to memorize hundreds of terms, I now use computer games such as Kahoots and teach it as a body systems approach. There is no reason to ask students to memorize when they can look some thing up in a second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine-Ear View Post
    The quick brown �� jumps over 13 lazy ��.
    lol

    "Learn the language, or die" it says

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    They do if you have budget cuts or dont live in a wealthy district. Then it becomes a choice of what to cut.
    Oh, I know there are budget squeezes. I just firmly believe school districts can -- and should -- find a way to include both. It was a given when I was in school. How can we be 30 years down the road and LESS advanced/capable?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    "What an idiot, he doesn't even know how to say McNuggets in JavaScript!"
    That has me remembering my friend who is a teacher and she was telling us a few years ago how concerned she was about how kids write nowadays. Many were using "lol" or text abbreviations in school essays. She was really worried about it. Kids just get in bad habits and get used to using 140 characters for everything. My son texted me once and I showed my daughter and asked "what the hell language is he speaking?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    I have access to the full rosetta stone through the university I work for, I really need to start using it again.
    Oh, you're going to make me vent for a bit. When my daughter was in grade school, I was the PTO Treasurer for several years. Every year, we wrangled over the budget and what sorts of supplies/programs we wanted to spend money on. One year, there was a big push to invest in Rosetta Stone. It was a $3-4,000 investment, and was going to be implemented for 3rd Graders. We fundraised like mad to be able to afford it. And then we bought it. And it frickin' sat for several years (past the time my daughter was in 3rd Grade) without being used. Grrr. Still makes me mad!
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