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Re: “Sprechen sie Deutsch? Am UALR, nein. UPDATE

Jake is right. Since I began at the U of A in 1999, we've had a terrific working experience with a number of wonderful German professors at UALR, including Barbara Bowlus, Helga Thorson, and Jeanette Claussen, who have all since retired or moved on. I came to give a lecture at UALR on the German Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin a few years ago, since we were hoping to start a lecture series exchange for all the advanced German students in Arkansas. It is truly a loss for the entire state.

Posted by Kathleen Condray on 09/17/2012 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Sprechen sie Deutsch? Am UALR, nein. UPDATE

It's more accurate to say that Germans study English, just like Americans study Spanish. If you are in a big city, you're fine with English. If you get into a small town or the suburbs of a big city, good luck. My aunt lives at the end of a suburb line in Munich, and no one in her tiny village can speak enough English to even give directions. Furthermore, if every one around the world speaks English and Americans speak no other languages, it puts us at a huge disadvantage. One businessman I know of started taking German after his trading partners would stop in the middle of a meeting to discuss contracts in German right in front of him, knowing he couldn't understand. It's also a basic matter of respect to want to understand someone else's culture enough to learn their language. Finally, what passes for English among non-native speakers is almost unintelligible to native speakers: I call it World English. You can have a Spaniard, a Dutchman, and a Pole animatedly discussing a subject, while an American and Brit look at each other in bewilderment, unable to follow the conversation.

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Posted by Kathleen Condray on 09/16/2012 at 9:04 PM

 

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