Read a few of the recent threads here, or a newspaper or blog. Look out the window! There are lots of immigrants around. Immigration is not going away. Some people are unhappy about that, while others like it, and many are indifferent. When immigrants move to a new country, they may follow one or more paths--- One is the so-called 'melting pot' assimilation seen in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in which native cultures were largely abandoned or greatly diminished over time, in favor of the host country culture. Another is to gradually adapt to and adopt host country culture, while consciously striving to maintain native culture, obviously including language. In reality, these are areas on a continuum. Nearly all immigrants adapt to new country culture, while holding on to some of what they brought with them. The difference is in degree, and the rate at which they learn or embrace the new. Do you think it's better for immigrants to be speedy, to wholeheartedly embrace as much as possible about a new culture, or to progress more gradually, and leave, in large measure, the assimilation of new country culture to the next generations? It would be especially useful to hear from those who have immigrated--permanently--to a new country. Please note: The paragraph above is the thread topic. Other related topics can be discussed in other threads, hence, please don't offer ideas here about whether immigration is good or bad, or matters other than rates of assimilation.