Originally Posted by Lynx
But you get a much too flattered impression of us Europeans here
... because the many people who don't understand English will never come to WTAworld
Sure, but even the dumbest among you have better English than my Spanish or Russian
PS: yes, TH, consider yourself lucky
: as a native English-speaker you have a lot of opportunities others don't have. For instance: you could easily get a job in Thailand, teaching the Thai English - the fact that it's your milk-language will suffice. That way you could stay there a year or longer, paying your stay in that beautiful country...
See, that has absolutely no appeal to me. Why would I want to go live in a different country for a year or more and try to teach the natives English? That seems a bit imperalistic
(though of course I know that's not what you're talking about, as the job of teaching English would take me there in the first place
) Even while I was in your hypothetical Thailand, I wouldn't be able to get around since I don't know the language, and that is certainly a very different language than English. It goes both ways
My point was not to lament that I was born in the US, but just to say that there is little need for my fellow Americans to learn another language, which consititutes being well-cultured in my eyes
(being multilingual, that is) And even when the chance is there, it's often 8th-12th grades and college -- in other words, way too late for we non-linguistically talented folk to pick up a second language with any hope of being fluent in it.