Wednesday, July 31, 2002

California gives driving exams in 34 languages. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

Santa Clara County must print voting materials in Tagalog -- the national language of the Philippines -- and San Mateo County must publish them in Spanish and Chinese, according to a Census Bureau report published Friday. The requirement is part of the federal Voting Rights Act, meant to ensure that all Americans can take part in elections.

Tagalog is so obscure that most people don't even know what it is. No one can be informed about political issues in the US without speaking English. Most of the educated people in the Phillippines probably speak English. Most of the educated people everywhere in the world speak English, and soon there will be very little reason for any English-speaker to learn another language.

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