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DanielLB
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Dec 18 2012, 12:39pm

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Could an admin change the 4 "NOV" to "DEC" in this link.

Thank you

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Earl
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Dec 18 2012, 12:43pm

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DanielLB
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Dec 18 2012, 12:45pm

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Dec 18 2012, 12:49pm

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Dec 18 2012, 4:40pm

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How many languages do you speak, sir? :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

lots, I warrant. I always liked asking my students this question since to the US born students, those ESL (English as Second Language) students could look 'behind' in things if they struggled with English.

Of course, all ESL students started with 2 languages (their family language and English) and many had more. I think the record was a lad from India who spoke 5. In the second grade.

He wrote stories about dragons, too. :-)


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Dec 19 2012, 11:49am

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Well, I know 6 languages (in different capacities) [In reply to] Can't Post

Hindi (which is my national language), Marathi (my state's official language), Konkani (my ancestral language), German (which I learnt in high school), Spanish (which I learnt just for the fun of it), and English (which is actually what we speak at home).

I don't speak them all as fluently as I do English though Smile

Edit: Most Indians in the US would probably know at least 3 languages - English, Hindi, and their state's official language (unless it is Hindi as well).


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Dec 19 2012, 12:06pm

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Three languages rooted in your area? [In reply to] Can't Post

That's interesting. I guess the national and state languages would be comparable to English for Canada but French for Quebec?

What is an ancestral language - I mean, is it spoken commonly by some people or only used for certain purposes? (like maybe Latin)

For the US, there could be English and any Native American language spoken by a tribe. But I think most tribes have to work at keeping the language alive. Not that it doesn't count as a language but I'm not sure how much they get spoken naturally and how much they are just confined to the classroom. Would this be an example of an ancestral language?

We have lots of immigrants that speak their native language, of course.

I'm impressed. During my span in school, teaching foreign languages wasn't common and we were offered a language for the first time when I was in 10th grade. (around age 14-15) I wasn't a natural at it and I didn't really have a love for it so I never tried very hard or followed up on my one year of French. Now, they try to get kids exposed to other languages much earlier. But all that's to say I speak one. :-)


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Dec 19 2012, 12:39pm

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But all that's to say I speak one. :-)


That was an unexpected statement, right there at the very end, and quite made me laugh Tongue


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What is an ancestral language - I mean, is it spoken commonly by some people or only used for certain purposes? (like maybe Latin)


Normally, one's ancestral language is the language spoken in the state that one's ancestors came from. Most states have their own, completely unrelated language, while others speak dialects of the same language.

With certain states it gets a little more complicated. Like Goa, from where my ancestors came. Out there Konkani is the local language (in fact, it's spoken by a few of the Western-coastal states), but since Goa was under the Portuguese rule for a time, Portuguese became the ancestral language for a few generation of people.

For what it's worth, today marks 51 years of Goan independence from Portuguese rule (they didn't give us up even after the British left India).

Oh, and in response to whether languages taught in classrooms count as ancestral languages... I'm not sure. Out here, most schools teach 3 languages. Hindi is mandatory as it is the national language, and is the "first language". The official state language is the "second language". English is almost always the "third language". I don't know that schools teach languages other than these three (many schools don't even teach English at all). Normally, ancestral languages are spoken at home and just get picked up by the next generation. That's how I leaned Konkani (and a smattering of Portuguese).


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Dec 19 2012, 2:48pm

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I don't think you listed Portuguese as one of your languages [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the US, being such a young country - relatively speaking - can be so different in things like this. It's interesting to get a glimpse at how it works for older countries.


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Earl
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Dec 19 2012, 3:01pm

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I don't know Portuguese other than a few words and phrases... [In reply to] Can't Post

... which is why I didn't mention it Smile

And yes, the histories behind languages make for an interesting study.

 
 

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