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Saturday, June 16, 2007

So you can tahk de Englis as good as me...

Arnold's dipping his toes in the controversy pool again, but at least he admits as much. Speaking to an audience at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Governator Schwarzenegger volunteered the following advice when asked how to improve the academic performance of Hispanic students: "You've got to turn off the Spanish television set and stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers. You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster." He also added, "I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I'm going to get myself in trouble. But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone."

Of course, the Hispanic community is a little peezed that Arnold is basically saying to give up their cultural media sources. That would be the news that affects them particularly as well as their entertainment. Hmmm, I'm thinking a Constitutional advocate would have a problem with this. I know inherent in that parchment somewhere is the freedom to partake of your culture - just as long as that partaking doesn't abrogate someone else's freedom.

Yes, being bilingual is an asset - for all of us. And it behooves the English-only speaking population to learn another language because it is becoming obvious that in the next decades, English will not be the primary global language. In another few decades, the international business language could very well be Chinese, Mandarin...or Spanish, even.

So, instead of telling Hispanics to turn off Telenova, Arnold and the rest of us should be peeking in. I hear they have some pretty good shows. After all, Telenova gave us "Betty La Fea," better known to us English speakers as "Ugly Betty."

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