Gwyneth Paltrow: I Don't Let My Kids Watch English-Language TV

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  1. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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  2. PDilemma

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    Maybe they should watch soaps on Univision, then.:slinkaway
     
  3. flyingsit

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    Maybe she should not let herself give interviews in English. Actually, maybe she shouldn't let herself out of the house.
     
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    Maybe she's thinking that if they don't watch English TV, they'll never learn what a ridiculous name "Apple" is for a child ...
     
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    Shame, a bunch of scientists in my lab got into biology because of David Attenborough's (English language) nature documentaries.

    I guess her kids won't be curing cancer. :p
     
  6. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    She feels the need for her children to learn a language other then English?

    WHERE IS MY TAR!!!!

    WHERE ARE MY FEATHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :soapbox:
     
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  7. PDilemma

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    Learning another language does not require banning television in their native language; they could watch both. And you can't deny that Gwyneth's pretentiousness is well-documented and may very well be her motive.
     
  8. manhn

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    I agree. Go Gwyneth!
     
  9. orbitz

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    That's not a bad idea though. What a great way for kids to learn a foreign language, outside of actually living in the foreign country. Easy way to get the foreign language requirement once they're in college.
     
  10. vesperholly

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    Just because it's not in English doesn't make it better. Pretentious twit.
     
  11. manhn

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    There are people here who prefer to watch figure skating with non-English commentators because since they don't understand what they're saying they can't get angry.
     
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  12. milanessa

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    If no one watched English language movies her career would plummet.
     
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    Even in English I think her career should plummet.
     
  14. Sassafras

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    But of course she has no problem getting a paycheck acting on a TV show - in English.
     
  15. Prancer

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    The article does not say she doesn't let her kids watch English-speaking TV.

    I am surprised that she lets her kids watch TV at all :eek:.
     
  16. milanessa

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    That's what I took from this:

     
  17. overedge

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    I watched several years' worth of kiddie shows in French when I was growing up. Knowing how to count to 10 and sing nursery rhymes in another language isn't going to get you anywhere close to passing any college-level language class.
     
  18. milanessa

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    I think it's great to have kids watch TV in another language - but it's just the way she comes across. It's irritating.
     
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    ETA: Well, crap. Wrong thread. So, uhm, I liked Emma.
     
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  20. Prancer

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    Maybe so. But frankly, that doesn't make sense to me by itself. They aren't going to learn much watching TV in one other language, much less in two.

    I do think I read somewhere that she has a nanny who speaks nothing but French to the kids? Yes? No? In that case, having them watch French TV would make sense. But why Spanish?
     
  21. milanessa

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    Can't answer your question about her nanny. I know almost zilch about her life but I did find this article from 2009 where she calls Spain her second home. It also says she was an exchange student there.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...its-shes-bringing-chlidren-speak-Spanish.html
     
  22. maatTheViking

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    they could have both French and Spanish lessons.

    and I am suspecting that maybe she then feels that it a little educational when they watch TV, which alleviates some of the guilt when you inevitable uses TV to keep you children quiet...

    (and I say this without having any opinion on Gwyneth or her life or opinions, but that I think even celebrity parents some times need to get their kids to shut up and leave them alone...:p)
     
  23. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I know people who hire nannies from countries where they think the accent sounds better (in one case Colombia) for the kids to speak the language. Although in the case I am thinking of, the kid hasn't picked up much from the nanny Spanish-wise. But that kid is special in many ways.

    Spanish is a language people living in California should definitely learn. I should learn it so I could save time on translators when I see patients. It's on my bucket list.

    Having learned French seems rather useless now. So when some British or American authors feel the need to use a French phrase and don't bother to provide translation, I am OK. I can get around Paris without sounding like rude Amerikan. I can order in restaurants and ask directions. And that's it. No other practical value. My husband is fluent in Spanish and is learning Cantonese for the same reason, to be able to interview his patients.

    Mini Ice is learning Spanish and Mandarin. His Russian is languishing at toddler level. :shuffle:
     
  24. DAngel

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    I find Americans nicer and friendlier than the french... :shuffle:
     
  25. Anita18

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    My French coworker says they actually love Amerikan tourists despite how rude they might be, because they tip when they don't have to. :lol:
     
  26. shan

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    Exactly!
     
  27. allezfred

    allezfred Prick Admin Staff Member

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    I find generalisations to be a bit rubbish.
     
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    As someone who has made all of her money (and garnered a less-than-deserved Oscar) for making movies in English, all I can say is what a pretentious, hypocritical twatwaffle :rolleyes: :blah:.

    Learning a second or third language is a wonderful thing, but her disdain and pretentious as fcuk-all attitude when it comes to all things American makes me want to puke.
     
  29. Ziggy

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    Watching a lot of English language Cartoon Network is how I learned to speak fluent English when I was like 7 or 8.
     
  30. DAngel

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    Yes, because Americans being rude tourists are obviously not generalizations...