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Thread: English-Speakers: Do/Did They Teach German At Your School?

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    At my high school (which was a rural/suburban area, right outside of a medium sized U.S. city)
    They did not, did not teach German, But did offer a basic Japanese course.

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    My high school offered German, japanese, Latin, Spanish, and french. I was able to take up Japanese 5, Latin 3, German 1, and Spanish 1.

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    Yes in both primary and secondary, horribly ineffective though.

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    We had the choice in secondary school between Indonesian and German. I choose German because it's white language spoken by white Europeans.

    The matter of fact, German was the most poplar language out of the two.

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    My first school taught French, but when I moved house I had to change schools. The second school taught German, but was teaching advanced German so I ended up having a poor understanding of both languages.

    I once tried to teach my self German. I managed to memorise 10 lessons but I've forgotton most of it now. I do remember one sentence though "ich spreche kein deutsch"

    I think I'm going to have another go, Pimsleur is quite a good language programme.

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    When I was there, they offered only 2 or 3 years of Spanish or Latin. I took the Latin, which ceased to be offered once the teacher retired. I went back and checked and my High School now offers 4 years of German and French and 5 years of Spanish (begun in 8th Grade.)

    I did take a year of German in college (good teachers) and got a set of recordings with which i was able to master some of the pronunciation. My German is still not remotely adequate though.

    I think both German and Latin should be required in English speaking lands, since knowing both would help one's English more than might be anticipated. There are a lot of English words I came upon which were a bit esoteric, but since I knew the Latin root, I could figure out the meaning, and more to the point, the original meaning. Knowing German has similar benefits.
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    In school we had a choice of doing French or German (there was also Italian but it was extra-curricular).

    I did German at first but the teacher did not understand that silly things like pretending to be related to Charles Manson and expressing admiration for the Unabomber in one of those "write a letter" exercises is pretty normal for teenage girls (ceirtainly all my group of friends were the types although I admit I was the only one stupid enough to actually put it in a school assignment, I guess I had too much faith that it would be taken as playfully as it was meant and the others were more pragmatic). So I was banned from German class and had to take French (of which I remember extremely little).

    Since then I took night classes a few times and did one of those audio courses.

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    German language instruction

    I went to school a while back, but I do remember that we had no access to German language courses. The languages that were offered we're French, Spanish, and Latin. I think that was the case for all public high schools in the Southern city where I grew up. Where I live now and as far as I know, none of the schools in my town offer German although students might be able to take it on-line. In my state, it is difficult to become certified to teach German. The only college in the state that offers certification courses to teach German is no where near me. Public schools are not really encouraging French instruction anymore. The money is sent in the direction of Spanish and Chinese instruction.

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    Started out in a Lutheran school they had German. When I went to public school for my last four years they offered Spanish, the language of the invaders. I refuse to speak this tongue. When they say press 3 for German in this country I may consider learning some Spanish.

    It would seem that white immigrants coming to America are held to higher standards when it comes to learning English, then people of other races. It would also seem that we are expected to be accommodating to these others by learning their tongue, for sake of our own native ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablutive View Post
    I did German at first but the teacher did not understand that silly things like pretending to be related to Charles Manson and expressing admiration for the Unabomber in one of those "write a letter" exercises is pretty normal for teenage girls (ceirtainly all my group of friends were the types although I admit I was the only one stupid enough to actually put it in a school assignment, I guess I had too much faith that it would be taken as playfully as it was meant and the others were more pragmatic). So I was banned from German class and had to take French (of which I remember extremely little).
    Yes, the poor dears have become terribly sensitive and PC lately. I also would have thought this kind of stuff would be standard for teenagers.

    I once hacked (and missed) at a schoolmate's hand with a penknife in German class while we were fooling around. For some reason the teacher threw a fit about that too. We weren't banned from class though lol

    In the UK I imagine I'd have been handed over to Plod, sentenced with a criminal record, made to go to Clockwork Orange style corrective training camp etc etc etc
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