PETITION TO MAKE LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE COMPULSORY IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES FROM A YOUNG AGE BECAUSE ENGLISH SPEAKERS ARE LAZY ASSWIPES WHO EXPECT EVERYONE TO SPEAK ENGLISH AND NEVER BOTHER EVEN LEARNING ANY OTHER LANGUAGE.
Actually, most of us would love speak another language but our education system sucks so we literally learn 4 words. It’s not because we are all lazy.
… okay but
most people here (and all around the world, really) who are non-english speakers (including myself) have learned it on their own
america is not the only country where education sucks. really.
and here (chile) they don’t really teach you how to speak english, either, only how to write and read it, and still the system sucks because 90% of my class still can’t form a coherent sentence even after twelve years of “learning” english. and let’s not even start in pronunciation. so most of them only know “four words” really.
only three of us (all of us girls, mind you, and the other two to go an english academy) can speak it fluently
so yeah, it has to do with laziness because to learn a language (properly learn a language) you have to study damn hard and not just stay with what you learn in class. like that 90% of my class. like most of english-speaking people. and it’s because of that, too, that they’ve started teaching non-ensligh speakers from a young age that they must learn english, because it’s just common knowledge that british/americans/etc won’t know our language when they travel to our countries. and i say that from experience, becuase in my country, people who work at markets (people with little education if any at all) are made fun of for not speaking fluent english when tourists arrive. do you see the logic in that? ‘cause i don’t.
think of how many years you’ve spent speaking your own language and still make mistakes sometimes
(also keep that in mind when non-english speakers make grammar mistakes before you jump into making fun of them)
you are SUPER right on this.
It’s a bit of both, really, bad educational system and laziness, and it happens everywhere.
I know I always say this, but I started really knowing how to really talk and write in english when I decided to go and do it. Learning was an effort of reading tons of fanfics in english with a dictionary by my side (back when google wasn’t even there tbh) and looking up everything I didn’t know in the text. I read and I read and I read until I didn’t really need the dictionary most of the time (tho I still use it sometimes, only urban dictionary because local speech is a thing everywhere).
But yeah… you can go a long way on your own… as long as you have the basics taught to you, and that’s mostly what school teaches you right now, the basics.
(And I know it’s laziness too because I had like 7 years of French and, even though I can remember some things and I might get the gist of a simple text… I can’t talk it at all)