I just read the post about being from a small country, and I felt an
inclination to reply (sorry.
I agree wholeheartedly that people should attempt to speak (or
understand) more than one language. As for me, German is the one I
chose--and I love speaking it. But, I feel, being from the states, there
is not really a whole lot of pressure to learn another one..some places
don't even offer German (only French and Spanish). And then, once you get
to college, it is hard to fit in a language if you have not already
started it because it takes alot of time out of your schedule. I would
love to learn Gaelic--but we don't have it.
On the other hand, I would also love to learn how to speak English
correctly--not that Americans are bad at it, but I tend to find that
foreigners (native English or not) tend to have a better (in my opinion,
ONLY) style of speech. Of course, after being laughed at in a German
school because I pronounced dance like "a" in ant, rather than "a" in
"a-ha" (couldn't think of anything else), I got interested in the
accents. Again, I don't want to start any war of words here with that
opinion--just thought I would throw it out.
But, I also feel (and this could be the controversial idea) that efforts
should be made, at least here in the states, to teach everyone English.
It would be nice to learn Spanish,too, because of the influx of Spanish
speakers--but, you could say that about Japanese and all the other
immigrant groups. I love all the cultures here in America (and wish
others would respect them, too), but because English is the "universal"
language here in the states, that people should learn it..I disagree with
the two-offical languages idea. But, then, I also would not step into
another foriegn country at least without a book to help me with their
language. I think it is kind of rude to walk around expecting others to
understand you just because you speak English (I got a rather trite
response when I went on a one-day sojourn to France and couldn't speak
So, that is my opinion--sorry about rambling on...
Do any of the Gaelic speakers out there know of a program or something
(computer, especially, but that is probably wishful thinking) that is the
best for trying to learn it? I have an Irish tape for language, but it
just does phrases and the like...