Breaking the language barrier
I hope no one has posted this previously. I think you'll find it very interesting.
Very interesting video. I'm retired and enriching myself by learning Spanish. It's proved to be my most enjoyable activity in my retirement. Most of the high school student's observations are just that of someone who has a knack for learning a smattering of a bunch of foreign languages. I'm happier becoming really familiar and somewhat skilled in learning one foreign language, its culture, its music, and interacting with its native speakers. It's true that immigrants in the U.S. are flattered when they meet someone who's taking the time to learn their language, and it can be a real ice breaker in starting a conversation. But, learning a foreign language well enough to be able to carry on a conversation is another matter, because it takes a lot of time to learn idioms, and multiple different meanings of vocabulary words. But he is a good spokesperson for the need and benefits to become multilingual. Some Americans have the attitude "You're in America, so speak English." The act of learning a foreign language can make one receptive to other people who are different from you in values, culture, etc. It provides a means of learning a host of new things that you were not even aware of before, and appreciating the fact that other cultures have boundless wisdom and knowledge about things you've never even dreamed of or thought about much. In learning Spanish, I've become aware of literary works and music that have literally changed how I view the meaning of life and how I view the world. What gift could be greater than that in one's retirement? I think at this age, it's exactly what we are seeking.
Here in Arizona the State Superintendent of Education, John Huppenthal, has been caught posting under aliases that all Spanish language media should be "stomped" out. He cried when interviewed on TV, but refused to step down from his post. Now can we all sing "La Cucaracha"?
Supt. Huppenthal sounds very xenophobic, a trait no educator should have especially when one works in a state bordering a foreign country with a lot of immigration occurring. It's disgusting that he did all that posting, and has been allowed to keep his job.
I've seen that video but I don't recall if it was due to a link here or not. That's how I first learned of Tim Doner. He's amazing and pretty wonderful, isn't he? He's also on the YouTube video that Benny Lewis put together, called "Skype me Maybe" with a bunch of polyglots. Polyglots fascinate me.
This is an excellent video and well worth the time spent watching it. Thanks for the link.