Quotations about Knowing more than 1 language

“All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.”
Gordie Howe
“Just learning to think in another language allows you to see your own culture in a better viewpoint.”
Gates McFadden
“He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.”
Benjamin Franklin
“Foreign languages are another favourite topic, and as these men are bilingual they have a fair notion of what it means to speak and think in many different idioms.”
John Millington Synge
“I came here when I was almost 22. I’m perfectly bilingual, but I’m never going to sound like Sandra Bullock.”
Roselyn Sanchez
“Learning Chinese is one step we need to be engaged in a global economy. It is time for the United States to really make international education and language a part of U.S. education reform, if we want to compete and respect our colleagues and allies in other countries.”
Michael Levine
“My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America’s strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds.”
Ernest Istook
“I firmly believe that Americans need to be bilingual.”
Carin McCameron
“Often there is a different level of understanding for languages, I myself being bilingual and trilingual can attest to that. You can converse pretty well in English, but that doesn’t mean you are going to feel comfortable reading an e-mail, document or even purchasing something online in English.”
Myriam Siftar
Ideally you want a bilingual child who can write and speak standard English, yet can relax among family and friends and use their dialect. This was where the problem sometimes lay.
~ Nina Godson
“I’m bilingual. I speak English and I speak educationese.”
Shirley Hufstedler
“Linguists say that most children will learn a foreign language well up to age 12. After that, the brain works differently, and it is difficult to learn a foreign language.”
Dr. Pierina Beckman

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