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Why do americans do not like to learn new languages or to people speak their languages in the states?

I've notice that in the states americans do not like to learn new languages and do not like other people speaking their maternal language in the states why is that?

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I am near retirement and one of my retirement projects will be to learn Spanish. A reason I haven't done so already - and a reluctance I still have - is I have no way of using it. As you can imagine, if you don't use it - you lose it. That's the reason most Americans are reluctant to learn a second language.

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In the states speaking spanish is a huge advantage it's the second most spoken language and a person could get paid more.I speak three languages and it opened many doors for me.
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Because most people are uptight & too judegemental. But mostly becuase it makes them uncomfortable I think. Im not sure really.

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It's not that we don't like to learn them, it's just that we don't have time to learn them.

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first of all that is not true because i know so many different languages and i know people that don't care about their language and if someone else speaks it.

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You mistaked his question as a statement. Read the entire thing, instead of the words that are most noticeable to you.
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You are from Texas right? Texas has a large variety of people living there ans it's a very open minded state it used to be Spanish territory so many people there speak spanish and other languages.
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There is no inherent need to do otherwise due to its relatively large land area and relatively small number of neighboring countries (a grand total of 2).

If each state chose to speak a different language, then the demand for additional language learning would dramatically increase.

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I guess that is true unlike in Europe where you are surrounded by many other countries that speak different kinds of languages.
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However, the retired American community in many countries resist learning a new language even Spanish and it is so easy. I used to be so resistant until I moved to Korea for 10 years.
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I just want to be able to communicate with you and I feel that because you have come to my country that the responsibility falls to you to learn English. If I came to your country I would feel the same responsibility to learn your language. Personally I live in a very diverse suburban neighborhood and I LOVE IT. I love seeing the different cultural dress and smell the different smells wafting through the neighborhood at meal time; and although I am not remotely fluent in any of their languages, we all seem to communicate just fine.

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Most american tourist do not think that way the american tourist I've seen do not even bother checking what kind of language the country they are going to visit speaks.
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How sad for them to act that way. Do you know the phrase "when in Rome, do as the Roman's do" ? It means embrace the culture you are surrounded by. I just don't understand why anyone would go to another country and not embrace it and take in all it has to offer. I promise you that "most" americans really do feel this way, unfortunately we probably aren't as loud as those who disagree. But I have lived in America all of my life and I promise you I am not alone in my feelings so here is another saying for you "I don't suffer fools" - that means, don't give another thought to some fool who doesn't appreciate your culture and all you have to offer.
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I know not all americans are like that and yes "when in Rome do as the romans do" one of my greatest abilities is to do just that when I go to America some americans don't even notice that I'm not 100% american. I'm a colonial american.
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You sound like a wonderful person - good for you! I like to think there are more people in the world like you and I than there are hateful people :)
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I think most Americans just have problems with people speaking maternal languages at the place of work. You need only one language at work, common to everyone ,(excepting computers), in order to be on the same page and get the task done.

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Ha! I learned a different language once, Latin, as you can imagine, has been HIGHLY useful!
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Because we are lazy... Come on, this is America your talking about!! Or as Americans call our selfs, Mericans

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Americans are spoiled because of the United States elevated stature in the world. English is spoken by the citizens of so many non-English speaking countries, that there as been little pressure put on them to learn other languages here in the states. Most Americans can travel the world and get by on English and a few select phrases in other languages.

As far as Americans not liking languages spoken around them, its related to the above. But also the conservative idea of American exceptionalism (that God has chosen the U.S. for greatness) is still alive and well in the U.S. Those that subscribe to that ideology feel that exceptionalism requires all citizens to speak "American". And somewhat related to that is the idea that America is a cultural melting pot, and speaking a foreign language by its citizens is seen as refusing to merge into American culture; to reject being American.

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Great answer!
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Neocultural liberalspeak hogwash!
I believe America is exceptional because it is. On many levels and by almost every measure. I don't think there is a theological reason, except perhaps the blessing God gives to any nation that is obedient to the ethical requirements of the Torah.
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I have often said that American is exceptional. I just don't think it is exceptional for the reasons that the religious right believes it is exceptional. We have an elevated status in the world because we earned it. We introduced the world to what a government by the people looks like, and the world generally like what it saw and attempted to emulate us with varying degrees of success. What I stated is not "liberal hogwash". It is what I have observed by living.
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I think half don't want to out of laziness and arrogance, and the other half, like myself, want to learn but suck at it. I've studied Spanish half my life and still only feel confident with "Yo no hablo Espanol" in conversation.

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I'd love to follow up and use the French and German I learned at school but long since lost.

But where? How? It's an awful long way to France or Germany.

I really like the different languages I hear around - I live in N California. Don't melt too quickly, folks!

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We have the same problem in Oz. I've often thought of learning another language but where would I use it to retain it in my memory? It just isn't worth the effort, tempting though it is.
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Yes, Sir Duff. I'd love to speak French, well - I've lost most of it, but it would be great to get it back, n'est pas?
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I must disagree. We learn foreign languages as early as junior high. However, compared to Europe, we are laggards: only 18% of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53% of Europeans (and increasing numbers in other parts of the world) can converse in a second language.
I took Latin in 7th and 8th grades, French in 9-11, German in college (2 years), Hebrew as a child and in grad school, and Greek also in grad school, picking up 2 years of Japanese along the way on my military assignment to Mainland Japan.
Many schools don't have the funds to do foreign language instruction requirements, but if they did, it would likely be Spanish because 35 pct already are fluent. Add that to our 18 pct, we are pretty close to Europe's 53%.

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Intriguing stats.
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I think all of us Americans should try at some point to learn a foreign language. It helps to be a more well rounded person. The problem is we can learn it but unless you can practice it almost daily you will forget it. In Europe, there are many countries close to each other with many people speaking different languages. It's just easier to practice with native speakers.

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