Math, music, and language have all fallen by the wayside in the public schools. They are all related in terms of brain skills and they are all difficult for most students so it's easier to just drop them.
You can drop me into Alabama and I can speak clearly with the natives, even their slang. In New York and other places inhabited by Damn Yankees, it's more difficult, but I can get by.
I went to a pretty rigorous prep school in New England. At the time, I expect a lot of public schools did not offer Latin or Greek any more.
My grandmother and great aunts spoke German and French fluently. I think I picked up the languages subconsciously, as somehow I understood German enough when touring there that I could get by with a vague comprehension of what they were saying.
Not fluent in anything, but I speak some Spanish and German. But when I try to say something in Spanish and I don't know the word I accidentally throw a german word in by accident. I can also say "Hi my name is _______" and "my, what a beautiful teapot" in Russian :D
I can say "DON'T TASE ME, BRO" if four languages. :D
TOTD: Not really. I know a little Spanish and some German from high school. The Pig Latin stuff that Shannon and Tristan can do drives me crazy. I refuse to even try it...
I have found that being fluent in white trash has served me well and I can converse easily with people from any state. In fact, if necessary, I stand by on ready to translate any of Shannon's posts to english.
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