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Translation…not so helpful!

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The British government is concerned about local councils translating everything into the language of the local immigrants, thus keeping them from learning English.

This happens worldwide…Chinatown in Toronto, Cabramatta in Sydney, Koreatown in Los Angeles.  Why would many migrants take the time to  learn English when they can get the information they need in their native language?

World of English

The British Council has predicted that by 2015 over 2 billion people will begin to learn English and 3 billion people (half the world!) will be speaking English well.

Soon, we will not be able to tell who is a native-speaker and who is a second-language speaker. This also means that in a few years native English speakers will not be as powerful in business as they are today.

English-learning Cults??

I have always been amazed by tales of 5,000 strong English classes in China, and this intriguing video on TED.com confirms the stories. Can this really work? Judge for yourself – and pay attention to the rote phrases they are learning ;)

Voter Confusion

In a country like the United States, the number of English As a Second Language speakers (or LEP as they are referred to there) is a major issue in the voting process. When the margins are as close as they are predicted to be in next week’s US presidential election, every vote counts. Ensuring that speakers of languages other than English vote correctly is critical.

Bushism 7

More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way.” George W. Bush, Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007.

I believe the time reference is centuries?

Bushism 6

We want people owning their home. We want people owning a businesses.” George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2008

That is just plain sad.

Bushism 5

“As yesterday’s positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” George W. Bush, on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007

Countable/uncountable noun issues George.

Bushism 4

“The German asparagus are fabulous.” George W. Bush, Meseberg, Germany, June 11, 2008

Subject verb agreement…back to grammar class G.W.

Bushism 3

“And they have no disregard for human life.” George W. Bush, on the brutality of Afghan fighters, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008

Would this not qualify as a double negative?

Bushism 2

“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.” George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008.

Surely security in the Oval office couldn’t be that bad?