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I found it interesting that when I was taking English classes to learn English, Slang words were never taught. Though they are used often in communication and throughout the English speaking world ( Unfortunately ) these were never covered nor taught. Same to be said of the Spanish classes I had to assist in, Slang Spanish terms and phrases are never taught. Why is this, as I would like to hear your thoughts and/or theories on this matter. Do you think not teaching these slang phrases in either language is a good decision, or a bad one?

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I think it's a good decision. Slang words come and go. Why would you teach words to someone learning a new language, when in a few months those words are more than likely to be obsolete?
Great question by the way.

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Thanks for the good answer. And there is much logic in it as well. I remember when first learning this language, people still said "Yo"! Haven't heard that in years.
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I was trying to find a proper way to phrase an answer to this, but you basically said it. Great point :) ****. Hope you're doing well, btw! I'm still trying to stay positive ^_^
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Great answer!
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Thanks guys and gal :)

Shay, you have to take it on a day to day basis. :)
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I personally think this is a good decision. Slang is often not taught to encourage 'correct' usage of a language, often the language taught is very formal for some reason which I always thought was strange as no one talks like that any more. Maybe it's a plot by the grammar nazis to get people who don't speak the language very well, talking correctly and formally to embarrass the people who speak the language fluently? I don't know though.

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I think it prepares you for writing essays and reports: they need to sound academic and educated.
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That too
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A very bad one I mean look at Detriot gang capital of the world

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I think they should be taught because you come across them quite often, but only after you have been taught quite a bit of the language first. Learn proper grammar before slang.

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This is because they are made up. No one knows what SWAG stands for but it just means cool, sup is not a word also. They don't teach this because they have other words for it.

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Does it stand for anything? I though it was just a word used to mean cool...?
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Sup actually is a word. It means to eat, as in to have supper. This differs from 'sup which is a slang contraction for "what's up?"
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It is meant because as a second language, they want you to speak it properly and formally. Getting into slang terms could cause confusion for someone learning a second language. And I myself learning English as a second language when I was younger , it was already challenging. Adding in slang terms would have been too much for some to learn.
As for your second question, I think it is a good decision. It will hopefully lead people to at least speak somewhat properly and formally. I hope this answered your question.

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Slang is most likely never taught because they aren't proper words. They are just "slang." Teachers won't teach impropper words that kids make up over the years. And new slang words come out all the time with young people. But, I understand how you feel. It's just something you have to pick up as you live and talk the english language. i have a friend who is Ukraine. When I say a phrase such as: I like to have "my ducks in a row." She asks, "What is that?" I realize there are many phrases we do take for granted and assume "everyone" knows. he he :)

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My husband happends to be Norweigan and knows the language, except for the slang they use. My b
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When his younger brother moved there to live, he felt "dumb" in not knowing these slang words. But, I don't think it's to be embarrassed about. it's good to learn from people who care about you and want to help you, to help you "fit in" in a social setting. Just learn 1 new learn a day and it will be fun. ;) Make it your goal and ask people you know to give you a new word to learn. :)
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This isn't slang, but it is very confusing: When the sun is out= it is shining. When the electric lights are out= they are not shining! Our language is confusing enough without "teaching" slang. Folks will learn it soon enough. If you watch NCIS that is Ziva's difficulty! Too cute--of course that's all an act!
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They aren't consistent

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The way foreign languages are taught, at least in the US, everything is geared towards grammar. Americans learn to conjugate verbs, and perhaps to read and write a little, but we never really learn to speak a foreign language. Our ears never become accustomed to the sound of the language we're studying, because there is virtually no focus on conversation. This also explains why we don't learn idioms, or slang. It's pathetic that an American student can study a foreign language throughout high school and college, and emerge from the experience utterly lacking in fluency. In my opinion, conversation should come first, grammar later.

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Part of the problem with learning a foreign language is that class time is very limited. Slang is just one of those elements which is less important than vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and conversation. I think a little class time should be devoted to learning useful phrases and expressions. These seem to stay around longer than slang.

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It's just part of the education system. They wouldn't want to start teaching your kids all the slang words. That's lazy. Then your kids will never learn English, and instead, use slang which is like a short cut . Believe me, we don't need foreigners comin here and only learning slang.

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You should stop and consider that the legal foreigners who come here are brave enough to give up everything familiar and move to a strange place, in order to seek a better life. Our country was founded by immigrants, and has grown strong through their labor. Have a little respect.
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The person who asked the question is asking WHY they were NOT taught slang, as part of the English language. And I'm saying, that's a good thing, because if we want the immigrants who come here, to succeed, it would be nice to give them a proper English education, and not teach them to speak in slang.
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It is NOT proper etiquette to teach slang
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Its called proper language training, best way so you can't make mistakes by using the wrong slang words.

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slang is ok. Yet, it has become part of the language. I suppose the teacher thought you wanted to be a politician?

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Slang is terrible, and it makes people sound stupid. I mean, it's the 20st century people! Learn how to speak civilized!

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Its a bad decision and I agree with your reasoning! They probably don't include slang words because they're bad words and they think its not proper! But you probably know most of them anyway! :)

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