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Ella

Ella

United States

June 29, 2010

Hi friends! Hope everyone is well and learning lots of new English words and sayings! After being apart of English, Baby, it made me really wonder about all the languages around the world. Here, in the U.S.A, it feels like the education system doesn’t emphasize on learning a second language as much as other countries. In high school, I took Spanish for two years and then I took one year of Latin in college, but that was pretty much it. I was no where near fluent.

As some of you know, I am from Thailand. I was born there, but raised in America, so my English is pretty strong, although technically it wasn’t my first language. I feel like I speak a hybrid language, “Tinglish” a blend of Thai and English. I can understand Thai pretty well, its just difficult to convey my thoughts sometimes because I think in English and have to translate to Thai, so I feel I’m a little delayed in my responses. What languages can you speak fluently? How did you learn your second or third language?

On another note, for those of you who followed my complaints in my last blog, its FINALLY beginning to feel a little bit like summer around here! July 4th is coming up, my favorite holiday, and I will be heading to South Lake Tahoe, California for celebrations! This is going to be my first time in Lake Tahoe during the summer, I’ve only been during the winter for snowboarding so I’m thrilled to see how different its going to be! I will be driving down with a friend so I’m excited for our road trip adventures down!

Because of the nicer weather, my friends and I have been trying to kick off the summer here with outdoor hikes! A couple weeks ago, we hiked up to Punchbowl Falls! It was so beautiful, it was about a 5 mile hike, a great workout!! We felt quite accomplished afterwards. What kind of outdoor activities do you like to do in your country?

 

 

 

 

Well friends, I hope you have an amazing summer! I hope you learn tons of new words and stay safe wherever in the world you are!!

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02:22 AM Sep 01 2011

Bruce_zhou
China

when it comes to english study,i think should be depending on what areas you living,if you growing in arab country,english study shoulde be piece of cake for you,but chinese studying is more hard than english,if you growing up in japan,chinese easier than english,but this is not eventually reason for seconed language study,the most key point is that depend how hard you work and how oftern you practise,as for me,no doublt about it,chinese is my mothertone,so i speak chinese fluently,but for english ,still in learing,i just contest blurting out useful sentenses everyday and insist reading a lot of article and reply posts accordingly. for my hobby,i'd like hiking too,i'd like go out in summer,my destination is choicing in forest which is never have human visited.

01:19 AM Sep 01 2011

Bruce_zhou
China

anyway,thanks for your sharing and prtty pic here,seems you are really have a good time and prosperously,i 'd like share my birthday experience here,i went to canada with my girlfriend,you know,canada really a nice place to visit,friendly people ,beautiful city and delicious food and so forth.i want to share my photo as well,but i just dont know how to do it,i will update later when i  know how to do it.

07:41 AM Aug 27 2010

Sodoo

Sodoo
Mongolia

Hi Ella! I think it's very interesting to study foreign languages. Espesially now when the world is globalizing. My native language is mongolian. When I was 12 years old i came in Russia. At first time it was pretty hard to study russian quickly. I think that the practise is very important to learn foreign language. I am so thankful to my russian friends that help me to learn their language. So my second language is russian. And the third is english :) English is very important language. I really want learn it perfectly. But as you see it's not so. Here where I live no people which speak english. So I really need a practise :) I love whatch CNN and BBC but sometimes it's hard to understand. They speak so quickly... :)

Have a nice day, sya 

09:05 PM Jul 28 2010

causffect
United States

im very proud to say that im learning and straining to learn lots and lots of chinese culture and im very adventurous like you probably, share who i am im eric elder ,im nonaryan american caucasianfection and i am a cuddly panda bear boy on the bamboo,im a mutant of languages and i wish i growed up in a world where languages were profound and bring the world together internationally by chitter chatter and pret

04:54 PM Jul 28 2010

zqmn

zqmn
Turkey

thanks ella :) ı hope you have a nice summer holiday :)

02:15 PM Jul 20 2010

mustafa ilhan
Turkey

realy! you are beatiful so much on photo:)))

08:05 PM Jul 01 2010

Mental Tempest
United States

Hi Ella.

When I read your comment about how the education system in the United States does not seem to empathize learning foreign languages I had to nod my head in agreement.  It seems that with the exception of those areas where there is a demand for a specific language (or you are attending a specialized school or program), you are usually limited to Spanish (if I remember correctly the Latin American version since "vosotros" is not covered), and French until reaching the university level.  There you have more languages to choose from, but since they are not required except for certain courses of study, many do not take them.

I always thought part of the reason was due to the fact that historically the United States was geographically separate, where outside of journeys to or through Mexico and Canada you were unlikely to hear anything other than English.  Since traditionally English will help you get by most of the time, there was no need to focus on foreign language education.   This is different than Europe (for example) where neighboring countries can speak different languages.  A trip by automobile from Portugal to Germany, Bulgaria, or Latvia will take you through several language shifts.  I would not say that the situation makes being a "polyglot" a necessity, but it does make "traversing" the terrain a little easier.  What do you think?

Slowly but surely the United States is becoming more diverse, not only in the people (outside of the major cities), but also in the languages heard.  Not to mention the Internet providing the ability for classes to be taught remotely.  So I suspect it is only a matter of time before the only limit to the languages taught in United States schools, are those where a willing teacher cannot be found anywhere in the world. :-)