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Posted: 2/1/2006 11:24:42 AM EST
This would qualify I think...

Wilmington School Has 22 Languages Spoken In Students' Homes

POSTED: 10:24 am EST February 1, 2006
UPDATED: 10:24 am EST February 1, 2006

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The 22 foreign languages spoken in the homes of students at Pine Valley Elementary School may make it the multilingual capital of New Hanover County.

In addition to Spanish and Arabic _ each spoken in the homes of 29 students _ other languages represented include: Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia; Gujarati, an Indian language; and Portuguese, Japanese and Korean.

The variety of both languages and cultures can turn even a workout into a lesson about other countries.

One rainy day, a first-grader became upset when told to make an X with arms while working out to a kickboxing video. Teachers called the mother, who is Arabic.

"She laughed and said the gesture meant bad luck," said Robbyn Novak, who teaches English as a second language at Pine Valley.

"I don't get to travel a lot," Novak said. "This is my chance to see the world."

Frankie Aziz, a Wilmington shopkeeper who left the West Bank when he was a teenager, has lived in the area for 20 years and has six children, including two at Pine Valley.

"This is a great place," he said. "I love the teachers and the system
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 11:29:30 AM EST
Good. Now I know where I'm not moving to.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 4:25:49 PM EST
Nothing new, IMO. Check out any military base school & you'll have the same little UN there as well due to spouses being from all over the world.

Much ado about nothing, IMO.

Link Posted: 2/1/2006 4:34:28 PM EST

when told to make an X with arms Arabic. said the gesture meant bad luck,

Gonna be allot of pissed off 7/11's tomorrow.
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