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  •  The more languages you know, the easier... (2+ / 0-)
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    The more languages you know, the easier it is to learn another. The reason so many Americans are so awful at foreign languages is that they only know one, if that many.  

    Teach kids whatever foreign language they want to learn, but teach them something. Later in life, they'll find it much easier to learn whatever language they need.

    •  We are not very good at teaching foreign languages (0+ / 0-)

      Mostly because we wait until kids are way past the age when they can easily learn languages (like high school) but also because we don't seem to want to use language teaching methods other countries use to teach foreign languages.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 12:47:45 PM PDT

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