Or in firenze an american couple asked me information about places just speaking in english in american fast accent!
I would be interesting to know what the policies are in countries in asia, africa, middle east, oceania, south and central america.
Statistics show norwegians to be amongst the top tier of europe, in this field (yes, the articles: 16 its really ridiculous ).
Southeast asian countries like malaysia and the philippines, english is more widely taught and used as a mode of communication along with the native tongue, however it is rare that foreign language courses are offered in primary or secondary school.
Yes the german speaking part may start at 3 but its a very small section of the country and for the rest it is not complusry for children to start at 3 years old.
After all most of latin america is speaking spanish and their culture had already a lasting influence on us culture as well.
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Am not sure why it is such a shock that america doesnt have the same kind of language requirements as europe.
Opinion is that, because most people from other eu countries can speak some english, english becomes the common language, meaning that people become lazy upkeeping or practising foreign languages.
On top of that, in the german speaking cantons they speak schweizertutsch (swiss german dialect) but they can all speak standard german as well.
We are the united states, one country, as opposed to a bunch of individual countries side by side (think germany and austria).
What about other non-centralist countries like switzerland, austria, italy (with its officially recognized german-speaking minority in tirol) or the us?
Some countries mandate that students learn english as their foreign language, the portion of pupils studying it remains high across the board, even in countries without this rule.
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Learning languages make people more intelligent and moreover why shouldnt english speaking people learn another language and spend time on other stuffs?
English is a prerequisite in many european countries nowadays, even within, even where it is not the native tongue.
The 2nd foreign language is then another european language, because english is nice and all but if you really want to get to know a country you simply have to learn the language.
You look european and you master an asian language, guess what, everyone is going to point at you and laugh and respond in bad english at you.
Fully 73% of primary students in europe and more than nine-in-ten secondary students were learning english at school in 2009-10, the most recent years with available data.
French and german were the next-most popular languages in most countries, with spanish and russian also widely taught as foreign languages in certain regions of the continent.
Im hmong american, and i wish that when i was in school they would have had more opportunities to teach us another language, others stared at me like i was an alien for speaking another language.
This varies by country and sometimes within a country, with the german-speaking community of belgium one of the three federal communities of belgium starting its 3-year-olds on a foreign language.
Schools did not seem to place much focus on learning a second language, it would be taught in schools but if you never really grasped speaking another language, the school really did not care and just sent you on your way with a grade.
The german speaking part of belgium which is one of three federal communities, or in other words not the entire country, start their kids on english at 3.
A second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 european countries.
From somebody that is fluent in spanish as a second language and has no latino heritage, you sound really ignorant by saying nobody likes non-native speakers speaking their language.
The need for europeans to learn foreign languages is much greater than for us americans.
. does not have a national requirement for studentstolearn a foreign language in school, the typical european pupilmust studymultiple languages in the classroom before becoming a teen.
However, when it comes to actually speaking it with at least a rudimentary level of proficiency, the numbers are not as much in favour of people who share the attitude described above.
Yes i feel more comfortable speaking in english, but seeing the smiles people have when im one of the few non-latinos in our community that can speak spanish lets me know how much they appreciate it.
English is the most-studied foreign language across almost all european countries and at all education levels.
Europe if you travel much more than 200 km in any direction you will be in another country with a different language.
This varies by country and sometimes within a country, with the german-speaking community of belgium one of the three federal communities of belgium starting its 3-year-olds on a foreign language, but parts of the united kingdom (excluding scotland) waiting until age 11.
You can get the file here:Some native English speakers' attitude towards learning foreign languages could be summarized as "why should I learn a foreign language if pretty much everybody speaks English?
You dont need it for all jobs, but you are certainly handicapped in many jobs if you dont speak it, after all it is not only the lingua franca on a global scale but also within europe itself as well.
In most european countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a 2012 report from eurostat, the statistics arm of the european commission.
Need for knowing second languages in europe is obvious: if you travel much more than 100 miles (161 km) in any direction you will find a different language, or two or three.
Would be good to include the facts that attest to the claim that there isnt a second language requirement in the balkans (countries in white on the map).
Thing id like to point out, that you shouldnt say europe when you actually mean european union.
A second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries.
Only 25% of american adults self-report speaking a language other than english, according to the 2006 general social survey.
Americans are monolingual for the most part and generally speaking do not see the need to know other languages.