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maizeman

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Re: Yikes. Grammar is... Racist?
« Reply #50 on: October 01, 2018, 04:35:11 PM »
But to get those results, you had to remove the kids from home and isolate them in boarding schools, physically punish them if they spoke their native language, give them new names, and almost brainwash them into hating their culture. If you then got them to hide their background from their children and grandchildren, you were close to "victory".

Alternatively if you dilute people in a country of non-speakers it happens naturally without any force. Takes about three generations with (non-spanish*) immigrants to the USA.
-First generation speaks the new language as a second language and their original language as primary.
-Second generation grows up bilingual and speaks their "native" language to their parents and the new language to everyone else.
-Generation three is essentially monolingual.

*The spanish language community is large enough that speaking spanish continues to provide substantial utility aside from talking to your parents/grandparents.

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Re: Yikes. Grammar is... Racist?
« Reply #51 on: October 05, 2018, 08:12:38 PM »
accolay, if you go down that road -- which I know you're proposing as a counterfactual rather an a genuine solution -- you end up everyone should learn esperanto (which a small and dedicated group of people have been arguing for a decade without a lot of success)

Well, it is a little facetious. But I do think the Chinese will probably end up taking us over. Their English grammar is better than ours anyway. Oh, I think it's best to embrace being concured. Instead of me sulking about the future demise of the English language while being dominated by the Chinese speaking powers that be, I'll just learn fluent Mandarin.
Remember when the North Koreans called Trump a dotard (because they're translating with dictionaries that were published 80 years ago), and then the learned brainy brains on national public radio pronounced it as if it rhymed with "retard" to make it sound like the Koreans used a slur? I remember that

accolay

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Re: Yikes. Grammar is... Racist?
« Reply #52 on: October 07, 2018, 12:09:42 PM »
Remember when the North Koreans called Trump a dotard (because they're translating with dictionaries that were published 80 years ago), and then the learned brainy brains on national public radio pronounced it as if it rhymed with "retard" to make it sound like the Koreans used a slur? I remember that

I'm not sure how your post applies to the topic at hand. FYI though, dotard is not a compliment. That's true with current or 80 year old dictionaries.

Please start your own topic on how many Americans want to wear their ignorance as a badge of honor instead of being like those nerd elitist "brainy brains."