Chinese instructors teach language to area youth

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

Mingna Li teaches the Chinese langauge Thursday to Alma d'Arte Charter High School students.

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Red Apple

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Sep 14, 2009
 
Said junior Josh Hinte. "It's a lot funner than I thought it would be."

I'm still pretty sure 'funner' isn't a legal word, but probably not for much longer. It seems to make its way into Sun News articles and comments every few weeks, though I've never actually heard anyone say it.

Maybe he should learn gooder English before jumping into Chinese?
PD Westman

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Ah yes, two fine examples of the perfection of humanity: "Red Apple" and the ever-positive "Judas." He's a kid, and obviously way smarter than you two geniuses, whose heads would probably explode if you tried Chinese.
A "legal" word? You mean he broke the law? Would that be a misdemeanor or a felony, since you're obviously so smart? At least he puts his name to his words, unlike you two cowards.
Judas

Las Cruces, NM

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Ni hao.
whatdouexpect

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I do not agree with teaching Chinese to our students and you erase my blog? I'll repeat it thanks.

Why are we teaching the children Chinese? Shouldn't the schools be teaching English speaking students Spanish, and the Spanish speaking kids English. After all we live on the Border! Who really cares about a brother that can swallow the sea? Is Chinese being forced upon us because the powers that be see a shifting of humanity? Will we be controlled by Communists, therefore have to speak a Communist Language?
I need to move to Canada

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whatdouexpect wrote:
Why are we teaching the children Chinese? Shouldn't the schools be teaching English speaking students Spanish, and the Spanish speaking kids English.
Will we be controlled by Communists, therefore have to speak a Communist Language?
Yes, lets teach our children the language of a 3rd world country, it will make their lives so much easier to know how to say "would you like fries with that" in 2 languages.

Being English/Spanish bi-lingual will get you a good job at a call center or an assistant manager of a Radio Shack, and its not exactly a rare skill.

Knowing Chinese on the other hand, the language of a 1st world power, and industrial power house (I'm not saying I like it), will open up lots of doors to high paying jobs. A good translator can make well over a $100k a year while not working very hard.

BTW, they speak Chinese in Taiwan also, not a communist country and another industrial powerhouse.

I think its great they are teaching kids Chinese, I was just in Taiwan and they were teaching kids english over there starting at 3 years old.
Puzzled

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How about the Chinese man that died suddenly? Chin-gon.
Teresa

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Mastery of some of the more difficult foreign languages can lead to very rewarding careers. While in the Army, my husband learned Arabic at the Defense Language Institute and then spent a three-year tour in Southwest Asia where he polished and refined his skills in the language.

His knowledge of Arabic combined with his degrees in engineering resulted in his receiving several job offers -- many of them unsolicited -- from civilian companies in that part of the world upon completion of his service obligation.

He then spent 26 years working in several countries in Southwest Asia and advanced to a position as a senior project engineer for a consortium of companies in the petroleum industry. That was followed by a three-year stint as a contracted technical adviser at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria, where we both took night-school courses in German just for fun.

In retrospect, my husband has often mentioned that decision to apply for language training while in the Army was one of the best decisions he ever made and resulted in a career that was extremely enjoyable and also very rewarding from a financial standpoint.

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