Foreign Language--The Ultimate Quotation Collection

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Foreign Language—The Ultimate Quotation Collection


21 Page Essay—How to Effectively Use Quotations in Your Classroom ©

90 Page Quotation Collection on Foreign Language

This 90 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Foreign Language. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Foreign Language, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.

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Sample Quotes on Foreign Language:

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

—Nelson Mandela

Math and science fields are not the only areas where we see the United States lagging behind. Less than 1 percent of American high school students study the critical foreign languages of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian, combined.

—Cathy McMorris

I have learned several languages because I refuse to accept any manmade differences between human beings.

--Maya Angelou

The Russian language, which is, as far as I can judge, the richest of all the European family, seems admirably adapted to express the most delicate shades of thought. Possessed of a marvelous conciseness and clearness, it can with a single word call up several ideas, to express which in another tongue whole phrases would be necessary.

—Prosper Mérimée

‘Seize the day’ drains dignity from ‘Carpe diem.’

—Willis Goth Regier

Why is it that the United States child whose family can send him to Spain for a year to learn Spanish is a genius, but the little Korean kid who doesn’t speak perfect English but already knows a second language has something wrong with him?

--Samuel Betances

You always lose when you translate, but there remains an echo of the original language. I had a professor at Harvard, Helen Vendler, who always said, ‘In translation, the music of the language is lost, but the magic of the meaning remains.’ I think an imprint of the language is still there. It’s like you’re covering an object with a piece of cloth, but you can still feel it. You don’t have direct access to it, but you can still feel its shape through that cloth.

--Jean Kwok

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.

--Lytton Strachey

You are fortunate because your language is English. English is a great language; among the world’s languages it is perhaps the one that gives the individual the greatest freedom. It is poetic and practical at the same time; it is tremendously rich; it’s a sort of all-purpose language....You are doubly fortunate because your language is American English. English is wonderfully free; American is even freer. It has more scope and more vitality; and it has more of just the thing I am talking about here: elbowroom for the individual speaker and writer.

--Rudolf Flesch

That language is the best which, at every single point, is easiest to the greatest possible number of human beings.

--Otto Jespersen

If you can speak three languages you’re trilingual. If you can speak two languages you’re bilingual. If you can speak only one language you’re an American.

To speakers of modern Greek the Homeric poems of the 7th century B.C. are not written in a foreign language. The Greek language has enjoyed a continuous tradition from earliest times until now. [...]

The only other language which enjoys comparable continuity of tradition is Chinese.

—Robert Browning

According to the United Nations’ latest count, of the approximately 3,000 languages spoken in the world today, only some 78 have a literature. Of those 78, a scant five or six enjoy a truly international audience.

—Barry Sanders

Many Americans have long been of the opinion that bilingualism is ‘a good thing’ if it was acquired via travel (preferably to Paris) or via formal education (preferably at Harvard) but that it is a ‘bad thing’ if it was acquired from one’s immigrant parents or grandparents.

—Joshua Fishman

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