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Old 03-07-2008, 04:31 PM
j33
 
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Originally Posted by Senator Palpatein View Post
To J33:

It's rude when you live in America, an English-speaking country
and there are illegal immigrants speaking their foreign language
around you.


1 How do you know they are illegal? Would it be less rude of they were legal? Or a tourist?
2 When you visit another country in which English isn't the spoken language, would you refuse to speak a lick of English to anyone who spoke English least someone think you were a 'rude illegal immigrant'?
3 Finally, why on earth do you possibly care what language someone who isn't even speaking to you speaks to his or her mother, friend, or child?
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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1 How do you know they are illegal? Would it be less rude of they were legal? Or a tourist?
2 When you visit another country in which English isn't the spoken language, would you refuse to speak a lick of English to anyone who spoke English least someone think you were a 'rude illegal immigrant'?
3 Finally, why on earth do you possibly care what language someone who isn't even speaking to you speaks to his or her mother, friend, or child?
i completely agree with this statement.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Spanish, hispanic accents, Indian accents, Chinese are the main ones we hear around Louisville, CO. The office where I work is very popular with the Chinese and Indian community.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I am trying to learn Finnish, it is cool that you got to hear it. I have never been able to hear it from a native.
i would get tired of hearing it, I think I still know a few natives...now I get so tired of hearing Korean...god I hear that on a daily basis...

Illegals don't know how to speak english it was there first language...IF they have to they will try but why should they be expected to speak english in a public place when addressing another Hispanic or family?
I get sized up all the time, and people will just come up to me and start talking Spanish. Although I am fluent and can understand both Formal and Informal...I take it as a complement.
Its good American have to learn more the one language anyways, it make us less ignorant. Europeans have to learn like 50 languages to speak with everyone in like a 2 mile radius...i think we can handle 2...it makes us more diverse anyways.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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English competes with Spanish as the predominant language in my neighborhood. Also heard on occasion are Polish and, if I go to the right places, Romanian. Polish becomes a lot more prevalent about a mile south of here.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Where I used to live (about 4 miles from where I live now), I used to hear a lot of Korean, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Romanian, and about everything else . . .
Let me guess, you used to live in Albany Park...
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Old 03-08-2008, 08:29 AM
j33
 
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I sure did, for two years.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: moving again
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Ya know, i believe the US does not have an official language, English is just the predominate language so you can't really say its an English speaking country. Anyway, on a regular basis, i hear English and Spanish. I will occasionally hear an Asian language or a European language too
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: moving again
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i completely agree with this statement.
And so do I
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Ya know, i believe the US does not have an official language, English is just the predominate language so you can't really say its an English speaking country. Anyway, on a regular basis, i hear English and Spanish. I will occasionally hear an Asian language or a European language too
Some states have passed "official English" referenda. I believe Nebraska is one. But you are correct, the US has no "official" language as a country.
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