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I was watching CNN's "Situation Room" this afternoon and saw a clip of Obama addressing a public group and making this quote:

"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."

I replayed his clip three times to ensure I had the wording correct, but this is exactly what he said. I don't know who his audience was, but I found this comment rather startling.

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Why is that startling? He's right. Pretty much every other country in the world teach their kids more than one language. Americans need to stop thinking the world revolves around them.
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That's not the point. Just look at Quebec and its separatist ideas.
Did you know that in some parts of the SW US, spanish is spoken only?
Did you know that you can't get a job unless you speak spanish in some parts of your own country?
Sure its nice to speak as many languages as possible, but when it comes to what I speak in my own country it better be ENGLISH ONLY!

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my kids will learn ebonics/english/and southern drawl...but not spanish



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Re: Obama comment..."learn spanish"

[quote author=stickly link=topic=117156.msg2451638#msg2451638 date=1215650528]
Why is that startling? He's right. Pretty much every other country in the world teach their kids more than one language. Americans need to stop thinking the world revolves around them.
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u mean it doesn't?

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if im going to learn a new language its going to be Indian or Chinese

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[quote author=wildwestman link=topic=117156.msg2451674#msg2451674 date=1215651209]
That's not the point. Just look at Quebec and its separatist ideas.
Did you know that in some parts of the SW US, spanish is spoken only?
Did you know that you can't get a job unless you speak spanish in some parts of your own country?
Sure its nice to speak as many languages as possible, but when it comes to what I speak in my own country it better be ENGLISH ONLY!
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Why english only? It's not like the U.S has a national language or anything. In fact the U.S is one of the most diverse nations in the world so I'd expect there to be languages spoken other than english.


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Re: Obama comment..."learn spanish"

This is America...you can speak any language you like. In fact, in your own home, be true to your heritage. However, others should learn to speak English if they want to live here. Our ancestors did. They certainly should learn to speak English before I would learn to speak Spanish (or other languages).

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