Do you think English should be outlawed in schools in countries like Brazil?
Because from what it looks like, Brazilians are not interested in learning it, in fact, from what I hear from some people, they hate it.
This one father, whose native language is English, speaks only Portuguese to his wife and daughter and never bothers speaking in English with them, except with total strangers and his buddies back at his native English speaking country.
So, why don't they just take English completely out of their country totally and just teach nothing but Portuguese?
- bluebellbkkLv 72 weeks agoBest Answer
Well that makes no sense. If nobody actually want to learn English, why take the trouble to 'outlaw' it? They could simply stop teaching it.
People who go around wanting to ban things are unbalanced.
- ZirpLv 72 weeks ago
Outside England, it should be an elective subject in secondary schools.
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- Anonymous2 weeks ago
There are 200 million people in Brazil. "This one father" is a really impressive sample size. You've certainly proved they should stop teaching English in their schools.
- 2 weeks ago
Because they are smarter than we are. They know that being able to speak more than one language helps a country's economy and general wellbeing. Americans are really stupid. They can hardly speak even ONE language decently.
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- Anonymous2 weeks ago
It's about being educated not about what you like or don't like. So no. I do not like math but it should not be outlawed in schools.
- A.J.Lv 72 weeks ago
The country loses a competitive advantage in tourism and business and in the sciences and math. Brazilian businesses are becoming multinational companies and losing business opportunities over language skills. Signs in English in Brazil are common, but it isn't a common spoken language because of some incompatibility and teaching problems.
The teaching is not good in schools because the focus is almost all on grammar instead of conversational English. Since conversational English uses contractions, omits words as implied, very many words with multiple meanings only known in context and vary by pronunciation also, and has a huge amount of slang, going from grammar to spoken English is a giant jump. Seven years in school in English classes in Brazil and still unable to have a conversation. It is very frustrating the way it is taught. So, (almost) everybody studies English but nobody speaks it.
Portuguese accent into English makes it hard to understand Brazilians speaking English. It is common in Asia for accents compared with Spanish language natives for both speaking English not to understand each ther. Portuguese incompatibility of phonetics is worse. Brazilians do not always realise how strong their Portuguese accent is when speaking English. The teachers of English are usually local, also commonly speaking Portuguese.
Brazil had large import duties that they lowered and found the economy grew with imports and exports. Human development has plateaued and inequality is now very high with many people poor and some wealthy.
It is not all about language, but it is part of the reason. Business leaders around the world decided that a common language is helpful and English was chosen almost as an obvious choice. It may not be fair, but that is the way it is.
- martinLv 72 weeks ago
The smart, educated Brazilians speak English, but most Brazilians are too poor to attend good schools or have any hope of a nice office job where business English would make a difference.
- choko_canyonLv 72 weeks ago
Um, what would be the point of outlawing it, Lex?? If they don't want to learn it, they won't. Why are you so obsessed with this issue?
- SusieLv 62 weeks ago
That is up to the citizens of Brazil. But I will say, while English is not the language with the most native speakers, it is the most “universal” language. If you were traveling to every country on earth and could only speak one language, you would have a better chance of finding people to communicate with if that language was English.