June 16, 2007

"Sound bite" mentality meets ... kneejerk mentality

Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger:

"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set," he said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in San Jose, Calif. "You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster."

The point being, of course, that being forced to speak another language makes one more proficient at it. And dont'cha think Ah-nuld has just a bit of experience in this regard?? And I certainly concur; one of the best things I did when I first went abroad was avoid English-language TV at my host family's home. Watching everything in Spanish helped my [Spanish] listening skills markedly.

But hey, what does Ah-nuld know, right?

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger demonstrated his ignorance on immigration issues once again by perpetuating the myth that immigrants have to reject their old culture and language in order to learn English and assimilate," said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Hmm, I missed the part where Ah-nuld stated that "immigrants have to reject their old culture and language in order to learn English." *Sigh.* But, alas, in this age of hypersensitivity, such lame retorts are all too commonplace. Even a highly successful English-speaking immigrant who still can't get rid of his thick accent after over a quarter century can be a villain if he dares utter anything contrary to PC orthodoxy.

UPDATE: Ryan at Jokers to the Right made Ah-nuld his "Hero of the Week."

Posted by Hube at June 16, 2007 03:26 PM | TrackBack

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When I told my Spanish speaking friends I wanted to find a way to improve my Spanish, they told me to find some Spanish comic books. Apparently that's the way they worked on their English.

FWIW

Posted by: JR at June 17, 2007 11:28 AM

Another great method, JR.

One advantage that those seeking to learn English have over those seeking to learn any other lingo is that English is just so damn prevalent everywhere. Popular culture is all English -- TV, movies, music -- and that's a huge help.

Posted by: Hube at June 17, 2007 11:37 AM