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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Is English Still The Universal Language?

August 27, 2013

Good morning.  Well, yesterday's rain fizzled out.  A few tiny droplets fell in the morning, and then nothing more until sometime during the night.  The night time  rain covered the car with tiny drops of water, and there are a couple of very tiny puddles in the yard.  That's about all the rain we are expecting before next Sunday. 

Yesterday was a rather lazy day for Pogo and me.  Of course, he doesn't really have a choice.  If I'm tired, then he is too.

I'm watching a commercial on TV for the program "RosettaStone".   This program teaches us how to speak and understand foreign languages, so that when we travel to other countries, we will be able to communicate with the people who live there.  I think this is a wonderful idea.

Other countries don't print everything in several different languages to accommodate visitors and all the legals and illegals moving into their countries.  If you want to live there, then you must learn their language. 

So what's our problem?  Why do we have to print everything in several languages (all on one label or in one paper)?  Is there a problem with demanding that people who move here to learn our language?  I get so tired of having to read some labels over and over to find the part that is written in English.

I won't go off on a tangent here.  And I do want to explain that I know some countries do teach their people how to speak and read English.  After all, English IS the universal language.  Enuff said.

I have some cute photos to share that I took at work yesterday.  These two little critters, a chipmunk and a tiny red squirrel, were checking out the neighbor from the roof on the Mrs' house. 

I've seen squirrels climb up into trees and onto the roof before, but I don't think I ever saw a chipmunk climb up on to the roof.   These little fellows are not only adorable to watch, they are amazing at what they can do considering their tiny size.

Now I must check to see if the mail is here yet.  Then maybe I'll visit with the vacuum cleaner a bit.  Tonight it's back to work so maybe I'll squeeze in a little nap this afternoon.  On that note, I shall leave.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.


smiekeltje said...

Lots of productlabels have instructions etc in several languages here too, mostly because they are imported, I thik. But you are right that people who want to live in a country, should lears that language. Here same problem.
Some do their utmost best and can speak in a few months already not bad at all, others practically never learn, or don;t want too?

We have lovely weather again, looks to be a great day. Some work has to be done, so quickly hop to my blog now, to post and then get busy.
You take a good nap, before you go to work again.

lorik said...

That is such a cute squirrel. We don't have them here,but every night we do have brush tail possum visit our garden...via the roof.

Mat's Merry Memoirs said...

What cute the little chipmunks...we don't see many of them in this area, but we have lots of squirrels. With the huge oak tree next door and my red oak in my yard, I have several of them in my yard. Always working to store those acorns and making interesting watching for my girls.....this is why they create so much nose art on my windows....LMBO!
I so agree, that when you relocate to other countries you should learn the language...I had to learn Turkish while living there. I've picked up phrases of use for India, Greece, Italy, Germany, France and Mexico when visiting those places too!
Hope you get your nap before work and don't visit too long with the vacuum, give Pogo lots of loving and attention before you go too!
Chat with you more later, got lots of errands to run this morning!
Hugs, Mat