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Old 04-16-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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My girlfriend when I was in high school spoke BOTH. Of course, her mother was Anglo and her father Puerto Rican...so that might have a little to do with it. The last time I talked to her, her accent was a lot less noticeable.
I once knew a White Puerto Rican lady who was married to a generic Anglo guy-------their daughter could not pass for a stereotypical 'Latina' if her life depended on it.

And; it broke the mom's heart------daughter hated Mexicans.

 
Old 04-16-2008, 09:38 AM
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Location: Denver
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I once knew a White Puerto Rican lady who was married to a generic Anglo guy-------their daughter could not pass for a stereotypical 'Latina' if her life depended on it.

And; it broke the mom's heart------daughter hated Mexicans.
Puerto Ricans and Cubans tend to think they are better than Mexicans IMO and look down on them, I think it is mainly because Mexicans are seen as doing most of the manual work.

However when I lived in South Florida rarely did I ever encounter a problem actually the majority of the girls I dated were Puerto Rican and Cuban. They were normally ok, but the parents were still old school and looked down.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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I don't understand why some people are so afraid of other languages
In Europe and Latin America, people are encouraged to learn a second or third language. Spanish speaking people are a big market and they are here to stay, it makes sense that business owners recognize this and takes advantage of it.

American companies overseas also require and prefer English speaking personnel, what's the big deal?
Dell and Microsoft have plants in Central America, and most everyone speaks English, even though the region's language is Spanish.
Being bilingual in these countries is seen as an asset, not as a threat.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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I don't understand why some people are so afraid of other languages
In Europe and Latin America, people are encouraged to learn a second or third language. Spanish speaking people are a big market and they are here to stay, it makes sense that business owners recognize this and takes advantage of it.

American companies overseas also require and prefer English speaking personnel, what's the big deal?
Dell and Microsoft have plants in Central America, and most everyone speaks English, even though the region's language is Spanish.
Being bilingual in these countries is seen as an asset, not as a threat.
I am not 'afraid' to learn another language---------I choose not to.

World traveler I ain't.

BTW: I am first US born generation in my family.

That stated: if I moved to Argentina, etc. I would make damn sure to learn the dominant tongue---------and, learn it well
 
Old 04-16-2008, 11:57 AM
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Location: Denver
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I HATE seeing this on job postings!!!

How difficult would it be for a English speaking accounting/financial professional to get a job without speaking Spanish fluently in Miami?
Ok AZBear well in MIAMI where the OP was looking for a job, Spanish just might be dominant.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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I am not 'afraid' to learn another language---------I choose not to.

World traveler I ain't.

BTW: I am first US born generation in my family.

That stated: if I moved to Argentina, etc. I would make damn sure to learn the dominant tongue---------and, learn it well
I'm sure you're not afraid to learn another language, what I mean is that we shouldn't be afraid to let others speak other languages.
So what if other people want to speak Chinese, Russian or Portuguese? who cares? if I go to a business and they don't speak my language I go elsewhere, and I find that most foreigners always try to speak English if I give them a chance.
If I see people speaking in other languages I never assume they're talking about me or conspiring against me, maybe that's why it doesn't bother me.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 12:16 PM
 
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I'm sure you're not afraid to learn another language, what I mean is that we shouldn't be afraid to let others speak other languages.
So what if other people want to speak Chinese, Russian or Portuguese? who cares? if I go to a business and they don't speak my language I go elsewhere, and I find that most foreigners always try to speak English if I give them a chance.
If I see people speaking in other languages I never assume they're talking about me or conspiring against me, maybe that's why it doesn't bother me.
I believe that the point being made is not that everyone should only speak English.....of course other languages should be spoken. What should not happen is having Spanish printed on government forms. Of course all immigrants should have ample time to learn English, but there is a segment that refuses to learn. And that is very devisive.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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I believe that the point being made is not that everyone should only speak English.....of course other languages should be spoken. What should not happen is having Spanish printed on government forms. Of course all immigrants should have ample time to learn English, but there is a segment that refuses to learn. And that is very devisive.
I agree.

Aside from public health/safety concerns---------all governmental documention should be in English only. That means driving tests, voting ballots, etc.

Hell: Gibraltar; where most of its residents would be considered 'Hispanic' if born in the USA-------its official government website is in English, no Spanish, Italian, or anything else.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Rosarito Beach
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I agree.

Aside from public health/safety concerns---------all governmental documention should be in English only. That means driving tests, voting ballots, etc.

Hell: Gibraltar; where most of its residents would be considered 'Hispanic' if born in the USA-------its official government website is in English, no Spanish, Italian, or anything else.
Gibralter is/was a BRITISH protectorate.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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go to school and learn spanish it would only be an advantage for you.why make something negative out of something that would benefit you?less qualified than you?now would that be because their hispanic?because that's what it sounds like.
You sound insecure and angry.
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