Ahnuld’s Correct

…But you know they will make him pay for saying it

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly.
“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster,” Schwarzenegger said.
“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.
Schwarzenegger was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academically. Many journalists for Spanish-language organizations in the audience were surprised by the remarks.

He’s 100% correct…and incorrect.

3 Responses to “Ahnuld’s Correct”

  1. Kate P says:

    “The Electric Company” would be the perfect programming to watch. And, hey, it’s got Rita Moreno and sometimes she spoke Spanish during the show. Of course, I had a crush on Easy Reader (Morgan Freeman).

  2. nightfly says:

    Reminds me of the “I am not a role model… I dunk basketballs, I can’t raise your kids for you” commercial with Charles Barkley. Sir Charles was 100% right.
    People aret going to hate Ahnuld because they KNOW he’s right, just like they hated Charles for it. They’ve just been called out by someone who knows, and it’s gonna STING.

  3. memomachine says:

    *shrug* this is how I learned English.
    I came over when I was a young boy and could only speak Korean. I’m telling you having to have your mother go with you to school so she could translate really wasn’t fun.
    It took a lot of concentrated effort, mostly by mimicing voices on the radio (a la “My Fair Lady”), but I learned how to speak English pretty fast. Wish I hadn’t chosen the BBC to pattern my speech after as it took a few more months to get my speech into an American neutral voice.
    Only strange thing to come from all this is that I developed a “radio announcer” voice.

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