Originally Posted by robwar
yes to the above posts. A once a week "language" lesson in reality does not teach anything.
But if you switched it to something like Latin, you will get a good start and basis for English as well as other languages later on. Obviously, in Germany they are devoting more time at the younger grades with a set curriculum than here and again they are seeing the importance.
That's why IMO it's so important to expose young children to some Latin in the liturgy. It needs to be repeated until they can pronounce it and eventually get the meaning. And it saves money in the long run.
My parents sent me to Polish school on Saturdays in my very young days. This in addition to having Polish spoken at home. The extra schooling helped me retain much of the understanding in Polish up till today, even though I have had little opportunity to use it the past 40 years or so.
But the strange thing about Polish is that, although there are very few Latin words in Polish, the Latin nuances and grammar are more easily translatable into Polish than English, for example. Probably because of the inflective nature of the language. IWO words don't have to be in a given order within a sentence and verbs are understood.