:)

Triumph closing in.

6 thoughts on “:)

  1. Invading other countries seems to be a pretty good trigger for language education in the US, considering all the people signing up for Arabic classes now. So if you want a multilingual America – vote McCain/Palin!

  2. Well, we could also find another overwhelming language of power and commerce. That would incentivize foreign language education more so than conquest, as conquerors tend to impose their own language rather than adopt that of the defeated. I don’t expect many Americans to be learning Arabic regardless of the extent of conflict in Arab lands; it will proliferate academically, but will not become common place; the same goes for European languages.

  3. Well, we could also find another overwhelming language of power and commerce. That would incentivize foreign language education more so than conquest, as conquerors tend to impose their own language rather than adopt that of the defeated.

    You’ve tried the cultural hegemony thing and it failed miserably: instead of Americans learning other languages, everybody else have learned English. Madcap imperialism seems to be your only option left.

  4. The only way Americans will learn other languages is if people speaking another language come to dominate the world. Until then, they will be overwhelmingly monolingual. The more people they conquer, the more they will continue to speak English.

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