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I think it's a lack of respect

posted 5/14/2010 3:20:10 PM |
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I just got done with flavorbuster's blog and it got me to thinking. If you reside in a country and don't try to learn the language it's due to lack of respect for that country. While I served in the Navy, I had the opportunity to go all over southeast Asia, mainly the Philippines. I did everything I could to learn the language there. Books, dictionaries, tapes, I even watched tv and listened to music. I eventually became pretty proficient at Tagalog (the Filipino language).

I did it for 2 reasons. To communicate better and because I respected the people.

And upon going to some of the other countries (Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia, I tried to learn at least a few basic phrases to make things easier on me and the person I was talking to.

That's why I fell it's just a lack of respect.

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May 14 @ 4:32PM  
For years especially up until the early 20th century, people from other nations migrated here and stressed learning the language and getting an education so that the child could better themselves. This is largely diminished and may be a cultural differentiator.

We are now seeing a phase of third world immigration into this country. You still very much see this stressing of language and education in Asian immigrants, it is pretty well documented (if somebody insists on stats, I am sure that I can find them).

A cornerstone of America involves the American dream and upwards mobility. People come here and bring their cultures with them, and some embrace these ideals more than others.

May 14 @ 5:42PM  
If I were going to another country, I would want to know the language so I could communicate with them. Not only is it's also common sense. And I swear that seems to be sorely lacking in today's society.

May 14 @ 7:00PM  
I'm in total agreement on the language issue. if you want to live and work in a country.. you had better learn how to communicate with the people who live there.

May 15 @ 2:19PM  
In Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim, English is part of their school curriculum
It's also pretty much the only International language

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