Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
This is a blog I first posted in June 2007:
My wife got a cell phone call from my sister-in-law this week from
If you’ve been to EPCOT, you’re familiar with the lay of the land. There’s Future World, with Spaceship Earth, and World Showcase.
World Showcase is centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon. There are eleven countries represented along the perimeter. As you walk around World Showcase, you roam from one country to the next. At each country, you discover glimpses of the unique culture of that land. Great cuisine, shops, exhibits, movies, rides and performers are highlighted.
Cast Members from the different countries assist you and answer questions about their homeland. The workers are actually from
It’s not just Epcot that features cast members from outside the
Why do I mention this?
I’m always extremely impressed whenever I visit the Mouse House by the tremendous grasp of the English language and the outstanding vocabulary of foreign workers who seem to speak better than people born and raised here do.
I recall a waiter at the Flying Fish restaurant on Disney’s Boardwalk who was from
In perfect English, our waiter spoke of the great love he has for our country and what a struggle it has been in his effort to become an American citizen, a quest that no matter how difficult he was going to continue fighting for because it was so worthwhile and was the right thing to do.
My wife and I couldn’t help but wonder why more people who come to
I wear many hats. This summer, I will once again work backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Security Department. Today, there was a Job Fair at the
Candidates not dressed properly. Candidates not having bathed. Candidates not understanding simple questions. (“If you can’t make it in for work, what would you do?” Answer: “I don’t know.”)
Worse yet, candidates completely unable to put together complete sentences and speak with any semblance of proper grammar.
This week in
Many American citizens can’t speak English. That’s bad enough. Is it too much to ask immigrants to speak English, or learn our language if they can’t?
I don’t think so.
"Why can't America be more like EPCOT?"
Back to the present.
One of the backstories of the new movie, "The Green Hornet" is the preparation made by Jay Chou who plays Kato.
Chou is a hero and role model.
One month before filming started, Chou had a problem concerning his upcoming movie role: He couldn’t speak English.
The language barrier was broken in no time.
"We were all just floored that he didn't speak a word of English before he started. He did his lines phonetically for the first week or so. Then all of a sudden he's just speaking English and it happened so fast," says co-star Cameron Diaz.
True, Chou had fame and fortune serving as motivation. However, his amazing and rapid study of the English language is a great story and the perfect lesson to inspire the many immigrants in our English-speaking country.