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Do you think that English fluency is the new money?

english is the new money. those with money have access to the really best ways of learning english.Private classes summers abroad bilingual kid schools.Those with less money get group classes.As well those with english get better jobs.So can we say that english is the new money.?

In murcia where we work theres 2 ways to really learn english.Pay 1500 amonth to the bilingual school or private classes at home for kids and adults.The rest are trapped in 34 kid english class at school where few learn or private academias of groups of 7 where 4 fail.

In other ccities the pub schools teach in english..madrid a few barcelona a few..Other countries teach in english Israel Germany Denmark to name 3.

Can we say that speaking english,not just having a cambridge certificate, but really speaking english is so essential that it is kept away from the mass.



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    Jan 17 2013: I am from the USA and speak English and am understood everywhere except in England.
    • Feb 15 2013: But Americans speak American English, which is different!
      Quite a lot of words are different, as well as phrases which can have alternative meanings...and I think there are very different ideas about what one can or cannot - should or should not - say.
      The first thing I do with a new computer is change 'American English' to 'English' in the dictionary.

      Unfortunately, as a nation, we are not very good at learning other languages. But I must say that my fluency and vocabulary with English have both been developed by
      1) learning other languages including Latin, even if I discontinued them.
      2) reading extensively from an early age.

      I love my own English language because there are so many words with subtle meanings to choose from. But I feel sorry for people learning it from scratch, the spelling rules must be dreadful.
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    Jan 18 2013: In today's day and age, anyone with access to a computer can learn English for free.
    Many here on TED practice their English by participating in conversations.

    So no, I don't think that English is being kept away from the masses.

    And, by the way, is that really your picture?..........because you bear an uncanny resemblance to Eckhart Tolle.
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      Jan 21 2013: I agree. However, if you seek high-quality professional teaching, you have to pay good money for it.

      You can undoubtedly learn English on your own, but not as fast as with the help of a qualified teacher.

      Having said that, learning a language is a matter of consistency and a continuous effort from our part. Our teacher cannot make that effort for us, it's up to us to get home and start reading books, watching tv, etc...
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        Jan 21 2013: I agree with you the high-quality professional teaching costs good money.

        But as you stated, learning a foreign language is very much in the hands of the student.
        You can have the best teacher in the world, and not be self-motivated, and inevitably end up wasting your money on the classes.

        And the opposite holds true: you could have a lousy teacher, but be a very focused individual, and end up thriving.

        There is no shortage of materials out there to learn any language you want to.

        The key is to practice. You have to be fearless in practicing your new acquired language without fear of making mistakes.

        Spanish is my first language. I learned English after I moved to the U.S.
        I also lived in Asia for a while, and taught myself a third language.
        To be fair, I am an educator, and learning languages, including sign language comes easy to me.
        I have friends who would love to speak English, but they just can't master it.....they don't have the ear for it.....I know, I've tried to teach them.....
  • Jan 18 2013: Having a widely understood language is helpful to everyone. The only problem is see is that Americans are so lazy in learning other languages. I hope the English and others do better. I do try to speak Spanish too, but I do it so poorly that the Spanish speaker usually speaks better English, and the conversation is in good-enoughEnglish. However, H.G. Wells had a strong argument for Pidgeon. Between two people sharing their knowledge of two languages and signs and gestures one can convey basic wants and needs.
    Honestly, to learn a language fluently It helps to be a child - That's how the Dutch do it. I tried Spanish starting in Junior High and began Russian in college and some Japanese while on active duty in Okinawa. Believe me I am not fluent in anything except maybe Texas American English. Do your best and the only negative feedback will be from true jerks.
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    Jan 18 2013: It sounds from your description as if school systems in a variety of countries are teaching English. You haven't presented evidence that it is being "kept away from the mass." When you ask "is really speaking English so essential that it is kept away from the mass?" I might be missing your meaning. It sounds like various school systems in Europe teach everyone English, probably precisely because they think it is useful. They don't keep it away from students because it is useful.

    Forgive me if I misunderstand your question.
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    Jan 18 2013: Kate..who said im spanish?
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      Jan 18 2013: Your experience reminds me of people I know who have raised their children without teaching them their native language (Spanish).

      They have done so, in my opinion, out of ignorance.

      Now those same children cannot have conversations with their grandparents. Not only that, but, in a community where 95% of the people are totally bilingual, or speak only spanish, they might even have difficulty competing for a job once they enter the workforce.

      Some learn foreign languages very easily........others would love to learn English, or any foreign language, but they just don't have the capability.

      I think it is good to know a bit of English if you travel.
      And yes, I think you are correct in stating that people hold it in very high esteem in other countries.
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    Jan 18 2013: very funny..once a british man told me that when i say "20" i must say the T cause its there.I asked him to say the number 1 ..i then told him to say the E cause its there.He said that in 20 the T is sounded and if i dont say it im low class..and in 1 the E is mute and if i say it im low class..So his rule was do as i do..He thought americans were low class cause we omit letters in words like tthe T in twenTy or in the word WATER we dont say the T we make it into a D..He said you need to say what you see..until i pointed out to him that he too does it..Then he changed his rule from you must say all the letters you see to his new rule..do as i do
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      Jan 18 2013: Many Americans do sound the t in both "twenty" and "water." There is a lot of regional variation here in the pronunciation of both vowels and consonants.
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    Jan 18 2013: in many cities in the world europe south america.theres a tie between really good english and money.almost to the point of seeming on purpose.Inspain only spanish can be teachers in pub schools.so no real natives can teach english here as full time real teachers.But in private schools they can and do and are.the govt tells everyone that english is so needed and not speaking english is like a virus..it affects all the rich and poor all the economy..an easy change would make english available to all but no..