American Elephants

The Border, The Border, The Border! by The Elephant's Child
January 10, 2023, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Politics

A group of U.S. Senators went down to the border today to make a public appearance to show how in control of things they are, and apparently learned nothing at all. You are not, I’m sure, surprised. There’s a lot of that going around.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez thanked President Joe Biden for halting the construction of a border wall between our two countries. Wonder how President Lopez would react if the traffic were in the other direction We probably all know.

I have studied Spanish in American classes at both high school and college levels, and unsurprisingly, am extremely far from fluent. I don’t know if it is a common experience, but I certainly get the impression that we are really lousy at teaching other languages. Maybe it’s different in border states, or perhaps I just got teachers who were in the “really lousy” category. Or perhaps you just need immersion where you are forced to learn.

Admittedly, I currently live close to the Canadian border, where there is no language barrier whatsoever, but I’ve lived close to the Southern border as well, where there is. Down there there is a lot more infiltration of Spanish in American cities, and more kids learn Spanish in school.

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