I heard this joke on an American army base in Italy:
What do you call someone who knows 3 languages?
What do you call someone who knows two languages?
What do you call someone who knows one language?
@Fairy Squad Mother, best I heard was about a committee in America discussing what languages schools should teach and a Texan senator stands up and says "If English was good enough for jesus then it should be for our children". Best part is this isnt a joke it happened
@Fairy Squad Mother, what do you call someone who knows no language? illingual
@Fairy Squad Mother, I heard that same joke when I was in Japan two years ago getting certified to teach English. My instructor even mentioned when he told it to some British students once they said it applies to Britons as well.
@Twatasaurusrex, oof. I’ve got enough family in Texas to believe that actually happened
Why would I need another language? There are two countries near me, one speaks English, the other is irrelevant. Until China takes over the world, I’ve literally never once thought to myself “dang it would’ve been nice to know another language” outside of recreational purposes.
@DesignatedElfWhipper, Learning another language is a shjt ton of effort, and I’m not gonna do it unless it serves a functional purpose in my life.
I have a friend who knows like five languages. English because they were born here, I want to say Micronesian becauae that's their mom's heritage, Spanish because they had a lot of Spanish friends in high school, French because they wanted to be able to seduce people (they're attractive), and Japanese because they wanted to read manga. And I'm just over here being able to remember a few Latin words from high school. Stupid language requirement.
@DesignatedElfWhipper, I think it delays alzheimers or something
@DesignatedElfWhipper, learning a language can really help your brain. Just like how learning math can increase cognitive skills learning a new language can remold your brain and make you smarter.
@DesignatedElfWhipper, how dare you say something so brave yet so controversial
English is the world language for aviation. So as an american pilot, I dont give a fvck. I can get a job anywhere on the planet and not have to learn a new language.
@Sharts Galore , pryz is jealous lol. I'm tired of these bs intelligence standards to make americans look stupid.
Well Europe has so many different countries so it’s surprising when a European doesn’t know more than one language
Meanwhile in North and South America it’s pretty much just English or Spanish (or Portuguese if you’re in Brazil)
@Sexy Homunculus, you can drive for two hours in Europe and end up in a different country, possibly two depending on where you start. In America you can drive for two hours and odds are you won’t even leave the state you’re in.
Irony, monolingualism is often seen as arrogant.
Edit: Mostly applies to English speakers.