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    Given the fact that multilingualism is increasingly seen as an essential career skill in today's global marketplace, it is disappointing to see young people 'lose' their family heritage language soon after immigrating to the US. Disappointing, but not surprising, and not entirely without benefit. It is a natural part of the process of assimilation, and facilitates attributes essential to success in America. However, when the children or grandchildren of first generation immigrants struggle - and more often than not fail - to try and acquire that same language, one cannot help feeling that something precious has been lost.
     
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    International sign should be taught to everybody. Then you could keep your native and still talk to anybody.
    That's the fastest way to peace. The ability to communicate.
     
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    A guy I know and his wife are both from Germany and have 3 children born in America.

    They both speak fluent english and their kids go to public school and talk like typical American kids.

    But at home the whole family only speaks German as a way to preserve the language for their children. .... :cool:
     
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    Evidently not.
     
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    Rare, but good for them.
     
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    Ever heard of Esperanto? ..... :cool:

    A Second Language for Everyone | Esperanto-USA
     
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    A bad idea whose time never came.
     
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    If you are looking for universal terms, I think Constitutionalism is a language that everyone should learn so we can be on the same page. The concept of equal protection of free speech should respect rights to preserve one's native culture and language.

    I am more concerned that we agree in spirit and can communicate on principles. The languages we use will follow from that. But if we don't connect and can't communicate as human beings, no amount of translating or interpreting is going to help. I find people "talk past each other" and don't hear what each other is saying due to psychological disconnects. that is more of a threat to embracing diversity and preserving local cultures, beliefs and traditions: the tribal bullying regardless how these cultural identities, political or religious beliefs are expressed.
     
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    a lot was lost so that people could talk to each other.

    saw a special on the early steel boom in PA. There were so many workers from so many places they chose English, mostly to stay alive, but it got work done faster.

    and part of the Irish 3 laws was to learn English.
     

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