The other day I was explaining my science fair experiment to my classmates and he sneaks up behind me to listen. I was explaining that I’m going to teach 15 people Swedish and see how easily their brain retains the language after two months…
Then he pipes in and says “Why would anyone need to know Swedish, it’s completely useless unless you go into IKEA. No one needs to know Swedish, it’s a stupid language…” and blah blah blah. Then he walked away.Talk about ignorant, right? I don’t even plan on staying in the USA when I get older either, I’m going straight to Sweden. What’s funny is that I want to teach ENGLISH there. Sometimes people really make me frustrated.
I was pretty irritated with him. My classmates were trying to get me to laugh it off because they know that I speak Swedish at home and in my personal life. I mean wouldn’t the teacher think that if I’m going to teach someone Swedish, it’s because I know the language? He really should have thought before he spoke and insulted me that way. I actually felt embarrassed and a little put down.
I know Swedish isn’t a very common language and it isn’t very helpful in the United States, but still… OTHER PEOPLE SPEAK OTHER LANGUAGES. I’m learning Spanish right now in school, I can already speak English, which is useful, then I’m learning Spanish, which is also useful. What right does he have to criticize me about speaking ONE “useless” language on top of TWO useful languages? Seriously. This kind of stuff really makes me angry.
Sorry for the silly rant, but that was really bothering me.