The Knight Life by Keith Knight for August 04, 2014

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    steverinoCT  about 8 years ago

    I went to the Bronx Zoo a while back, and on the safari ride the kids in another family had no problem identifying cheetahs at a distance. Another young girl (7? 8?) ran ahead of Mom to a plaque and rattled off what it said, big words an all. My wife couldn’t have done as well, alas.

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    steverinoCT  about 8 years ago

    Those cheetah family kids were also speaking Spanglish, which always charms me— Spanish to Abuela, Spanglish to Mom, and English amongst themselves..I never saw any point to “English-only” laws— the kids will pick it up. It happens with every wave of immigrants.

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    steverinoCT  about 8 years ago

    What I meant by “English-only” is not having bi-lingual official documents available; DMV, courts, etc. Help Abuela out.. I was in an elevator and two young women got on, speaking Spanish, because that’s what they were comfortable with. When they saw me, they switched to English, because they were being polite (though I wouldn’t mind: I don’t think they’re talking about me!)..Another anecdote: I teach my grand-nieces basic Spanish words (my limit): please, thank you, sit down (Sra. Perez used that a lot in class!) and so on. I found that despite years of watching Dora the Explorer, they learned nothing from it. She repeats what she says in Spanish and English (Vamanos! Let’s go!) and they never picked it up. I think that says something both about viewing habits and “educational” TV.

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