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Autor:  pat
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  12/JAN/2006 1:38 AM
Assunto:  The level playing field language
Mensagem:  My dos centos:

Nobody (in general, at least) moves up the social ladder without an according increase in wealth. A significant increase in wealth for the masses, in Brazil or anywhere, is not going to happen by virtue of 'learning' a second language.

Firstly, as I've mentioned before, the English learned in esl schools, taught by non-native teachers who have probably never spoken with a native, is not really English.

Secondly, even if great masses of people mastered some form of English, how would that increase their wealth? There would be hundreds of millions of new quasi-English speakers, utterly flooding any possible market demand for English-as-second-language speakers. There are lots of  Brazilians here making relatively huge amounts of money who don't hardly speak a word of English, nor care to.

The only reason anyone, anywhere, cares anything about English is because it has become associated with wealth and success and power. There was a similar craze for French a couple of hundred years ago, but I don't think learning French made anybody rich. And if one went about speaking bad French without wealth, one was simply a jackass, nez pa?

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
The level playing field language  –  Miguel Vieira  11/JAN/2006, 10:55 PM
 The level playing field language  –  pat  12/JAN/2006, 1:38 AM
The level playing field language  –  Uriel RS  12/JAN/2006, 12:54 PM
The level playing field language  –  Rodolfo  12/JAN/2006, 2:01 PM
The level playing field language  –  Miguel Vieira  12/JAN/2006, 4:28 PM
The level playing field language  –  Marco  12/JAN/2006, 4:17 PM
The level playing field language  –  Johannes  12/JAN/2006, 6:41 PM
The level playing field language  –  Mitguel Vieira  12/JAN/2006, 7:15 PM
The level playing field language  –  Deivis'  12/JAN/2006, 10:01 PM

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