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Rachel Green

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Do you ever feel pressured, whether explicitly or implicitly, to pick up another language?

Maybe it's because I've grown up in America, and English is my first language, but I've always felt that there was a subtle pressure to know more than one language. Maybe it's because we want to preserve the idea of America as a melting pot of different cultures, which includes languages. Or maybe it's because in this era of globalization, English is still not a universal language and so we need to pick up another to be able to communicate. In light of this, my question is primarily for native English speakers: did you ever feel "pressured" to learn another language? If so, was it explicit or implicit?

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      Apr 13 2011: Good for you Richard! The experience of traveling, learning languages and interacting with people often leads to a more open heart and mind:>)

      I did not claim to be fluent in any language. I said I spoke French with my mom at home, and at the same time took classes in high school. That was a very long time ago:>) I do understand what you have written, and I have no desire to be tested...thanks anyway for the opportunity:>)
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      Apr 14 2011: Hi Richard,

      Your 2 sentences above sound *very much* like online translator gibberish to my French ears... =)
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        Apr 14 2011: I agree Marie,
        My mom spoke Canadian French, which as an Irish lass living in a french community, she picked up from the other children she played with, so I understand gibberish...LOL:>)
        I knew what Richard was trying to say, and I also know that he is trying to discredit me by following me around to various TED sites:>)
        This is all very amusing. I didn't "fail" anything Richard. How'd you do on the "test?...LOL:>)
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        Apr 15 2011: Richard,
        There is no allegation anywhere by anyone that I am an "expert in French", and I did not study French in college. No need to twist information. Remember what the topic is, and try to stay on topic. This is not another site to "test" me. It is an opportunity to engage in ideas worth sharing.
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        Apr 15 2011: Richard,
        I learned something from my mother.
        There was/is no implication or suggestion that I was/am proficient in any language.
        I am grateful for Marie's input as well:>) We agree!
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        Apr 16 2011: Yes...a good laugh.

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