Do you actively feel privileged/lucky/blessed that you know how to speak English?
It's definitely easier to learn it natively than as a second language. English has a lot of odd quirks.
Yes. I hated having to learn Spanish French and German in school
Yes. Only because as I learn about linguistics Ive realized how ridiculous English is. How you ever wondered why even native speakers have grammer problems
That was my thought. English is a horrible language.
I feel blessed for everything I have. living in America, being healthy, having family and friends. etc
It's my native language; I don't know much of a "privilege" it is. Our ability to learn and comprehend language is merely a result of the evolution of intelligent thought in our ancestor species.
Blessed If the only language you can speak is English?
Where does it say only?
It doesn't explicitly. However, looking at other comments here, that seems to be the way it's being interpreted.
I just never really thought about it.
It is the language of business.
It's my second language, so yes.
Instead, I find it unfortunate that I do not yet know German, Japanese, Italian, Gaelic, or any Scandinavian language.
I link it to the fact I have great food, 4 TV's, two cars, a house, and a gym membership.
More thankful that a lot of other people around the world have learned English as a second language so it's easier to communicate
Of course, it's how we will be able to communicate with aliens.....according to all the Sci-Fi movies and TV shows I've seen
I'm USA of course I'm proud, I'm not a border jumper.
I'd ask if you come here often, but you don't really get around. Continental drift is a bit slow to count...
It'll be a while and have to leapfrog a few hazards
No, why would I? It's not better than any other language.
Yeah, I'm thankful for the English language. Its a nice and reliable way to communicate with people.
Not really. It seems like that southern country border has moved north and I need to learn Spanish because they're sure as hell not learning English.
Wrong. I live in a border state, and all of the Mexicans speak English. You're complaining for the sake of complaining.
No, I'm complaining based on my experience. There's been too many times when a 10 year old kid had to be an interpreter for their parents.
Oh, poor you. It must be so hard dealing with brown people and their kids all the time.
By the way, you didn't give an example of why you need to learn Spanish. You gave an example of Mexican kids learning English, which is the opposite of what you said is happening.
Okay, fine. Adult Mexicans need to learn English. I go to an outdoor flea market on Sundays. A few years back, it was all English-speaking people selling mostly second-hand or homemade items at good prices. All of the buyers spoke English. Now...
...it's Mexicans selling crappy stuff I usually only see at carnivals, "new" things they want too much money for, or bootleg DVDs. Those sellers and over half the buyers don't speak English.
So don't buy their crappy stuff. Am I missing something? Because right now it just seems like you're whining.
There are occasionally things we want to buy from them, but because they don't speak English, we can't find out more about the item. Or, when we have a booth once a year, we can't tell them about the things we have. The other thing is they've...
...pushed many of the regular vendors out just because they don't want to deal with non-English speaking customers. And many of the regular customers don't go anymore because they don't want to deal with trying to buy from people who don't speak...
...English and sell crap. Many also find them just plain rude. They bump into you. They won't move to let other people look at things. They'll even carry on lengthy conversations right in front of a booth.
That sounds like all of the Amish I know. Come to think of it, they don't speak English either. We should send them back to Germany!
I'm not saying we should send anyone back. If I had to deal with non-English speaking Amish, I'd feel the same about them. I'm just saying English should be our national language and people should learn it if they plan to live here.
Well it's not.
Why would someone want to live somewhere and not learn the language of the country you live in? I wouldn't expect to live in Mexico and not learn Spanish or live in France and not learn French.
You have Amish in Arizona Gubra?
No Amish in Arizona.
I don't live in Arizona.
It says Arizona under your name.
No. Native English speakers (Americans in particular) get treated like shit in other countries.
The world seems to keep moving in other countries... English, Gurspadinkenkurgel, Spanish, it wouldn't matter. You can always learn.
Now if I could only spell it.
Actively? No. I kind of take it for granted, since it is my first language. I actively feel privileged to be bilingual though, and if English were my second language I'd feel more privileged to speak the language.
Proudly and embarrassingly. Proud because my grandparents move made me an American. Embarrassed because everywhere I have traveled in the world I am able to communicate using my primary language because there are people there whom speak English.
I feel the same for every language I speak.
I appreciate that it is a great fit for America as both are melting pots in their own way.
Yes. It's an infinitely astonishing language in its breadth, variety, its incredible borrowing, and its immense, incomprehensible capacity for beauty.
But one WOULD expect such a comment from a retired lecturer in English Literature, I'll admit.
A rose by any other name smells as sweet.
It's definitely an important language universally. I feel fortunate to have it as my first language.
Yep, and I feel lucky that I get to learn a whole lot of other languages too. :)
Not really. I tend to take it for granted.
It is simply the language I was born to. I am glad that I have at least a significant understanding of it though.
Meh. Lots of people speak English. Doesn't seem to make them any smarter or kinder.