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Old 12-24-2008, 09:53 PM
 
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Looking at so many 'Latino' children born and raised in the USA----------------all tioo many of them speak accented English.

Which tends to hold them back in life.

BTW: most regional accents up to and including the Southern drawl tend to negatively stereotype people.

Now for weird: the news was interviewing a 'Latina' with the surname of Rodriguez---------------what hit me was her accent. She was an Australian. Envision a British accent with some Spanish undertones.

I recall when the olympics where held in Japan a few years ago, and the Today show interviewed a group of Geishas -- one of whom went to the University of SC at Chapel Hill. Imagine a geisha in full make up talking with a heavy southern drawl and ending the interview with 'GO Bulldogs! WHOOT!" (or whatever the team mascot is)
Very cute and fun

 
Old 12-25-2008, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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What are you talking about? I can and do understand the BBC just fine, thank you. It is not the grammar or vocabulary that hinders Americans from understanding some Brits but their regional accents.
It's not just the accent that is different. They are almost different dialects. Just like many things are different from Spain Spanish and Mexican Spanish.

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Old 12-25-2008, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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If you're trying to become a citizen of Mexico you're required to learn Spanish.
 
Old 12-25-2008, 02:22 AM
 
Location: John From Scranton
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If you're trying to become a citizen of Mexico you're required to learn Spanish.
Same go's for the USA!! English!!
 
Old 12-25-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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What are you talking about? I can and do understand the BBC just fine, thank you. It is not the grammar or vocabulary that hinders Americans from understanding some Brits but their regional accents.
BBC English is easy to understand----------------Cockney: OTOH............

Side note here: the local TV news was interviewing a woman visiting from Australia stuck in the snow at an airport here in the USA; her accent was a bit odd-----------then I glanced at the screen. She was a 'Latina' with the surname Rodriguez whose Aussie English accent had slight Hispanic Spanish undertones.
 
Old 12-25-2008, 12:09 PM
 
Location: John From Scranton
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Side note here: the local TV news was interviewing a woman visiting from Australia stuck in the snow at an airport here in the USA; her accent was a bit odd-----------then I glanced at the screen. She was a 'Latina' with the surname Rodriguez whose Aussie English accent had slight Hispanic Spanish undertones.
See already!! Another one!!
 
Old 12-25-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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See already!! Another one!!
Fair dinkum Aussie!

There are quite a few Australian (and English) people with Spanish surnames.
 
Old 04-08-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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A few more things. They are paying taxes just like you. they work for their money just like you. They pay to get by in life just like you. As long as they respect you (and you don't demand it) you should not have a problem with it. You tell me, how is it when they speak in Spanish so you don't hear any more rude or unacceptable as your turning and whispering to your friend/co-worker?
 
Old 04-08-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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I lived in Spain and had a roommate from Badajoz, about 10 miles from the Portugal border. As a point of pride, he had never gone to Portugal. Most of the people spoke only Spanish, as a point of pride, deliberately refusing to learn English. My impression of people in this area was colored by this almost universal refusal to acquire new language skills and new viewpoints.

The same dynamic is at work in America. Looking at Craigslist in Las Vegas, every few days a listing appears with extensive admonishments about callers who speak Spanish. The car sellers get aggravated and some probably post angry comments here.

I learned Spanish.

As much as I hate gotcha questions, guess who sells more cars?

You can use a situation to justify your feelings by complaining, or you can meet the challenge.

I have little sympathy for those who choose the former.
 
Old 04-08-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Pa
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A few more things. They are paying taxes just like you. they work for their money just like you. They pay to get by in life just like you. As long as they respect you (and you don't demand it) you should not have a problem with it. You tell me, how is it when they speak in Spanish so you don't hear any more rude or unacceptable as your turning and whispering to your friend/co-worker?
Some do. But not all and quite possibly not even most. I agree with the rest of your post. I speak Thai to my wife sometimes in public when I don't want the world to know what we are talking about. In fact long before I get upset about someone speaking spanish in public cell phone users are by far more annoying. I swear they speak louder just so everyone else can hear their half of the conversation.
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