PA judge orders three men to learn English or go to jail

3 thoughts on “PA judge orders three men to learn English or go to jail”

  1. Boy, talk about government sponsored education. This one gets the prize!
    Yep. I wonder how the residents of that county feel about the judge’s ruling …

  2. “To learn English” either means nothing in particular or can’t be done in one year.

    Very young people who are used to programmed learning can pass medium level tests after a year, but only in writing. Speaking takes longer, and some people just cannot ever understand spoken English.
    I think the story said they have to learn to read and write basic English, which I agree would be much easier to learn than speaking it. I’m just glad I was born in an English-speaking country; I’d hate to have to try to learn it as a second language.

  3. (Don’t I sound fairly competent here with my English? Well, I can also speak more or less on this level, but I cannot understand spoken English at all, unless the speaker knows he has to slow down for me to follow.
    Your English is quite good, it seems to me. (Your first language is German? French?) It’s no wonder you have trouble understanding spoken English though; so many people speak so quickly, or don’t fully enunciate.

... and that's my two cents