Friday, July 11, 2008

Speaking English an Embarassment to Barack Obama

Speaking at campaign rally in Georgia earlier this week, Barack Obama said:

"I don't understand when people are going around saying, 'We need to have English only.' They want to pass a law 'We want English only.' Now I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that.

"But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English. They'll learn English. You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual. We should have every child speaking more than one language.

It's embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup, right?"

News flash, Barack. Not all Europeans can speak English. I met two young Swedish tourists on Mount Hood in Oregon last summer. They wanted me to take a picture of the two of them with their camera, and didn't speak a word of English. They didn't speak a word of Spanish either. Somehow, though, they were able to communicate what they wanted and the picture got taken. And no one was embarassed.

If you are going to teach children a second language, why not the computer programming language C#? If English is the first language of commerce, that's fast becoming the second language of commerce.

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