WT - Hola, America
By Jennifer Harper
June 15, 2007
The best way to learn English is to jettison Spanish-language media, said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set," the Austrian-born Republican told 300 members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Wednesday night.
"It's that simple. You've got to learn English," said Mr. Schwarzenegger, whose native language is German. "I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I'm going to get myself in trouble. But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone."
The governor said tutoring and after-school programs are essential but emphasized that immigrants should avoid a Spanish-only life and learn English.
"They're busy working. They don't have time to," countered Pilar Marrero of the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion.