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Old 05-06-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Once again I must point out that the issue is complicated by the fact that manyof you are in the North where Hispanics stick out like a sore thumb and the original poster is from Richadson, Texas where there are quite a few Hispanics. The general issue is different in different parts of the country.

I think it is extremely silly that the staff can't learn the word trash and where where I work many of the cleaning staff are Hispanic and they can learn better English and it is encouraged and they even let go the first cleaning woman who we all loved because she did not have a good grasp of English and could not take the classes and make enough progress with learning it.

Benicar where they would call a supervisor racists for encouraging the employees to learn English?
Are you serious? Aren’t all anti-illegal actions, or measures encouraging assimilation considered racism?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Just called to check on my student loans for next semester and I was given the option 2 for Spanish on the telephone.

Just hope they know the word for pay it back...
That's ridiculous. Why would students need a Spanish telephone option if they are attending university and thus should be able to communicate in English?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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This is a portion of an e-mail that was forwarded to us from the building manager in our office...she received it from the property managers of our office building.



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Basura? BASURA? Why can't we label it "trash"? Oh, that's right...because the janitors don't speak English. I bet you most of them are illegals.
Yeah, I can relate.....

I recently took a part time job in a retail store. The area I live in has a huge number of immigrants from all over the world. Why is it that Chinese, Indian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Syrian, Israeli, Colombian, and African immigrants can learn at least enough English to get by here while the illegals can't? In fact, one of the guys I work with is a Mexican immigrant who came here (legally) some years ago and became a citizen. I think he gets more pissed off at this phenomenon than the white folks do. He had to jump through all the hoops and do everything the right way, including, learning English.....

I don't begrudge anybody a shot at a better life, but I cannot fathom how someone would move to a different country and not even attempt to get a basic, working knowledge of the language...
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Yeah, I can relate.....

I recently took a part time job in a retail store. The area I live in has a huge number of immigrants from all over the world. Why is it that Chinese, Indian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Syrian, Israeli, Colombian, and African immigrants can learn at least enough English to get by here while the illegals can't? In fact, one of the guys I work with is a Mexican immigrant who came here (legally) some years ago and became a citizen. I think he gets more pissed off at this phenomenon than the white folks do. He had to jump through all the hoops and do everything the right way, including, learning English.....

I don't begrudge anybody a shot at a better life, but I cannot fathom how someone would move to a different country and not even attempt to get a basic, working knowledge of the language...
I had a co-worker whose parents were Mexican and he also could NOT understand the laziness of his "own people" - as he put it. He would get more annoyed than me at the fact that they would just talk in the store and the first words to come out of their mouth were "Hablas Espanol?!" or most of the time they wouldn't even bother asking, they would just start talking to you like you were supposed to understand their language.
I never had a Russian do that. Or a Chinese. Or this lady I met from Africa.
NEVER.

Am I being racist? Nope, just stating facts.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Cali
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I'll just bottom line this plain and simple. 55% of the words in the English language come straight from Latin. Spanish speakers have the vocabulary to learn!!!
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Yeah, I can relate.....

I recently took a part time job in a retail store. The area I live in has a huge number of immigrants from all over the world. Why is it that Chinese, Indian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Syrian, Israeli, Colombian, and African immigrants can learn at least enough English to get by here while the illegals can't? In fact, one of the guys I work with is a Mexican immigrant who came here (legally) some years ago and became a citizen. I think he gets more pissed off at this phenomenon than the white folks do. He had to jump through all the hoops and do everything the right way, including, learning English.....

I don't begrudge anybody a shot at a better life, but I cannot fathom how someone would move to a different country and not even attempt to get a basic, working knowledge of the language...
YEP!!! I'm working in retail and meet people from all over the world. Relatively few don't speak English, and need to bring a family member to help.

I had a Muslim customer just yesterday. Full burka-type hijab with full face covering. I could only see her eyes, and the face covering even had the string along the nose to keep the veil up.

She had a heavy accent, but SPOKE ENGLISH! It was obvious that she learned English late-ish in life, I would say late teens or later, but I understood her perfectly. She even apologized for her 'bad' grammar. Why can't the Mexicans do that?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Jacurutu
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...I had a Muslim customer just yesterday. Full burka-type hijab with full face covering. I could only see her eyes, and the face covering even had the string along the nose to keep the veil up.

She had a heavy accent, but SPOKE ENGLISH! It was obvious that she learned English late-ish in life, I would say late teens or later, but I understood her perfectly...
An Arab that gestures that they don't understand basic English is either elderly or a liar. Typically anyone that is immersed in the U.S. below the age of about 13 will not retain any accent. How were you able to tell her age?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:42 PM
 
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This is a portion of an e-mail that was forwarded to us from the building manager in our office...she received it from the property managers of our office building.



(Emphasis added by me.)

Basura? BASURA? Why can't we label it "trash"? Oh, that's right...because the janitors don't speak English. I bet you most of them are illegals.
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I will be reporting this to ICE today. They, of course, will do nothing.
Maybe you could try to file a police report with the local police department. It's worth a try.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:47 PM
 
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An Arab that gestures that they don't understand basic English is either elderly or a liar. Typically anyone that is immersed in the U.S. below the age of about 13 will not retain any accent. How were you able to tell her age?
Because girls and older women sound differently?
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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I find it odd that a company would have the need to label garbage. I've never worked anywhere where I've seen garbage labeled. I've seen cans or bins labeled, for recycling purposes, but not the actual trash.
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