Jed, I completely agree with you on that point. As an American, I m constantly hearing people say, Oh, if they re in our country, they should learn to speakMessage 1 of 5 , Feb 8, 2004View SourceJed,I completely agree with you on that point. As an American, I'm constantly hearing people say, "Oh, if they're in our country, they should learn to speak English." Okay, fine, everybody's entitled to their own opinions. It's only when they go to another country and say, "Well, they should speak English. I shouldn't have to learn their language," that's one of the most arrogant things ever. This is the precise attitude that you can't have. I think it not only "hampers your ability to learn pick up other languages," as you said, but also shows you have a complete lack of respect and understanding of other cultures. After all, isn't the whole point to learning other languages to learn every aspect of it, including (besides sound and grammar) the culture which it was spoken at the time?Reanna
Hi I m new here, and haven t introduced myself. But Americans are sometimes even more arrogant than the English. I know. I am one. Many don t care to learnMessage 2 of 5 , Jun 22, 2005View SourceHi I'm new here, and haven't introduced myself. But Americans are
sometimes even more arrogant than the English. I know. I am one. Many
don't care to learn anything in any other language. I personally know
other languages, so not all of us are like that. It's just ridiculous
how many people are.
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "sjuler" <sjuler@y...>
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> Subject: [norse_course] Re: Jed to Reanna re patronymics -
> .language is in
> > Hey, why not 'Jedsdaughter'?
> > /Sjuler
> > Sjuler
> Valid point...but I think the attraction of learning another
> trying to absorb its spelling and sounds as far as possible. Iremember as a
> thirteen year old being fascinated by the word 'Yggdrasil' andThe
> subsequently by other words ....'Ospakar', 'Skallagrim' and so on.
> English (I don't know about the Scots, Welsh, Irish and Americans)have this
> arrogance, subconsciously at times, of assuming that they don'tneed to
> learn more than a few words of another language. Beyond that, letthe damned
> foreigners try to understand English.This is a mindset whichseriously
> hampers our ability to pick up other languages, living or dead, asfluently
> as the Scandinavians seem to do. I sometimes wish I was born inSweden,
> Norway, Denmark or Iceland for that reason alone.from a
> But when I tried to approximate the sounds of Old English (reading
> short Old English text) to a peer group, they were quiteenthusiastic about
> it . It was just near enough Modern English in some of itspronunciations
> for them to latch on to. And the next step after Old English ofcourse, is
> Old Norse. It's a shame that it took me nearly forty years to getround to
> I'll still be in trouble with my daughter, though.
> > --- In email@example.com, "Gerald Mcharg"
> > <Gerald.Mcharg@b...> wrote:
> > > Reanna
> > > When I wished that my daughter had my patronymic, in no way was
> > belittling the Irish.Harg.
> > > What about an indulgent compromise? - Megaera Jedardottir Mc
> > > She'll kill me.
> > > Cheers
> > > Jed
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