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Why do so many Europeans assume Canada is part of the USA?

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41. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

well there u go - I just learnt something knew about england

42. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

I wish the US did that :(
Seems like it is so much harder to learn the older you get....

43. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 10y

The US does do language training as well, at public (state run) schools, you choose your language (usual offerings are french, spanish, latin; but I know of schools offering russian and japanese) for 7th and 8th grades (12 &13 year olds). then in high school it's mandatory for 2 years of a language, doesn't have to be the same one as middle school. for your last 2 years of high school you have enough optional courses to continue your language, giving you 6 years of the same, or if you chose to try a new one. also starting in middle school, every language has a "club" so those who are passionate get extra practice and immersion; the french club at my high school had monthly cooking classes for example.

granted, not every school is going to have the same quality of extra curriculars, but the 4 years mandatory is very common, almost universal. there's not the same emphasis on language that is common in some European countries, but the fault that we're ignorant of other languages is our own; the state does offer it to us.

44. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

What state are you in? My kids have been in 8 schools in two states and none of them (or any of my cousin's children, or anyone I know of) has ever been required to take a second language. Some schools do offer an occasional forgien language, but so far....few and far between.

45. Posted by J-wal (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

You can't graduate in the State of Arizona (High school) without taking one year of Spanish (or other offered foreign language). At least thats how it was when I graduated in 98.

46. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

I am living in Tucson right now, and one of my daughters is in High School, she doesn't have to take a second language, but she wants to so she can understand what is going on around her.

47. Posted by Trupioneer (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

I had a feeling this thread one was gonna snowball lol

48. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

sorry i think i threw this thread off topic i learnt japanese for 4 years and greek for 2 but all i can really do is ask someone directions and tell them a little about myself. The best way i found to really learn the basics of a foreign language was to live and work in a tourist town - if your kid graduates and can`t speak another language at all send them to work in a ski field or diving area for 6 months

49. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

The great thing about learning a second languagae is discovering that each language has its own nuances and ideas that just can`t be put into English (or French or German or whatever your mother tongue is). We have no choice here but to learn a second language (your high-school diploma depends on it), and although it was an awful time trying to conjugate French verbs, I`m grateful to have learned a second language. Now, if only I could figure out Italian grammar...

50. Posted by naq (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

why do so many americans assume ireland is a part of the uk?

ignorance is bliss