LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/JAN/2006 1:38 AM|
|Assunto:||The level playing field language|
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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