Most countries insist that their children learn multiple languages from an early age, yet, in the United States, we do not care much about this. Why is this the case? Do we think we’re better than everyone, and everyone will eventually just give in to speaking English? I think it directly correlates to our stereotype that we’re actually quite lazy. Statistically, it’s far more difficult to learn a language when you get older, hence my current predicament.
Mastery of other languages is an invaluable skill. For starters, you will have a better shot in the professional world if you can speak the languages of business. Next, no one can ever say something behind your back by using their language if you know exactly what they’re saying. Lastly, if you meet an attractive friend who doesn’t speak one of the many languages you can, you may use this skill to dazzle this person into falling for you.
Bonne chance, mon amis! Esto es lo que te perdiste de las noticias!
Brexit Is Causing Quite A Ruckus
For us Americans, it’s safe to assume that we’ve been too focused trying to process the actions of out president to care much about anything else. However, if you consider yourself a geopolitical connoisseur, then you should be interested to know that British Prime Minister Theresa May informed Conservative members of Parliament on Wednesday that she will step down if Brexit gets the greenlight. Basically, May is well aware that some people aren ’t keen on her in government, and she is so passionate about making Brexit happen that she’s willing to put her career on the line.
“I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party. I know there is a desire for a new approach, and new leadership, in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that…”
–Theresa May, British Prime Minister
To say that immigration reform is a complicated issue in America is like saying that space travel is so easy a toddler could do it; it’s simply untrue. In addition to being a very polarizing issue, we are talking about the fate of millions of migrant individuals who simply wish to live happy, healthy lives in America. Over the course of the last few months, migrants have been detained along the Southwest Border of the U.S., where many have little to no access to clean drinking water, food, or lavatories. According to several sources, this week federal agents arrested over 4,000 migrants trying to cross the border — the highest daily total recorded in 15 years, according to a senior official with Customs and Border Protection.
“The breaking point has arrived. CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border — and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso. We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy. But with these numbers, with these types of illnesses we’re seeing at the border, I fear that it’s just a matter of time.”
–CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan