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Old 02-01-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Please, stop highjacking the thread. Even if you are here as a legal resident it is still required that you at least speak and understand basic English.

Whether you are a guest worker, legal resident or applying for citizenship, it is still part of the process.
And the card can be made invalid AT ANY TIME and the US has the right to tell you to pound sand and exit! If you don't then you are a criminal.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:20 PM
 
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And the card can be made invalid AT ANY TIME and the US has the right to tell you to pound sand and exit! If you don't then you are a criminal.
Well stated and ITA.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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I live in an area where the population is predominantly Armenian, Spanish, Korean and American. There are large groups of people (tens of thousands) who read and speak Korean, Spanish, Russian, Farsi and Armenian -- oh! And English. Signs at the supermarket can be in any combination of those languages though I must admit, one never sees signs in Armenian and Korean without an English version of the wording.

Is there a common language? Yes. That would be English.

Everyone doesn't speak English, but everyone knows someone who does. The stores around here hire a multitude of people who speak a variety of languages. It's really the only way to survive.
Perhaps Everyone is NOT LEGALLY in the United States? There is no excuses, Legal or Leave!

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Old 02-01-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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You like the poster before you have no clue what the requirements are for LEGAL IMMIGRATION to the US. Simply put, publicly speaking anything other than the native language in a host country is rude. Pretending it doesn't matter and remaining in and not attempting to learn the native language of a host country is not only rude but simply magnifies that you are rude and down right ignorant.
New Orleans is a city within the United States. They were born to a French settler family that was American (the Acadiens). My great grandmother was American. Came via Ellis Island from Germany. It's funny that in other countries Americans don't really learn the host language. Most Americans in Saudi Arabia speak English. Most American families abroad speak only English. It's sad, but true.
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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New Orleans is a city within the United States. They were born to a French settler family that was American (the Acadiens). My great grandmother was American. Came via Ellis Island from Germany. It's funny that in other countries Americans don't really learn the host language. Most Americans in Saudi Arabia speak English. Most American families abroad speak only English. It's sad, but true.
That's because the Americans are usually loaded with cash, don't sponge off the host Country and are welcomed as an an attribute not a parasite.
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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That's because the Americans are usually loaded with cash, don't sponge off the host Country and are welcomed as an an attribute not a parasite.
It's good to be the King. ROTFL! They won't let me give you guys reps anymore. LOL So, Here's some for you,
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Well, it is the truth. If anything, Americans are hated for their wealth, unless of course someone is trying to relieve them of it then it's a different story. Take any resort town where the cruise ships come in. One phone call and all the prices go up in the local shops. Everyone is so nice because they want your money. It's still price gouging but Americans can afford it. It's kinda funny in places like Cabo.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Southern California Mountains
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I didn't even bother to read the rant about "illegals". California is in trouble because of the housing speculation/bubble. All the foreclosures= no property tax.
I beleive the taxes are still being paid by the banks, or else the counties would own the homes and be the ones auctioning them. Such is also the case with HOA dues...the banks pay those also, or the HOA will lien the home and sell it at auction to pay the arears.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:07 AM
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:10 AM
 
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New Orleans is a city within the United States. They were born to a French settler family that was American (the Acadiens). My great grandmother was American. Came via Ellis Island from Germany. It's funny that in other countries Americans don't really learn the host language. Most Americans in Saudi Arabia speak English. Most American families abroad speak only English. It's sad, but true.
Americans living and working in places like Saudi Arabia or UAE tend to live on compounds. They are not encouraged (or even allowed I believe) to live amongst the populace. Plus, they are just there to work, they are not there to become citizens of Saudi or UAE -- which is not allowed anyway.

As far as other expats go ......again, are they in a country to work or to emigrate? If only to work for a few years, then yes -- chances are they are not going to become fluent in their host countries langauge. A missed opportunity imho...but there you have it. If they are there to emigrate, well, I believe you are either wrong or grossly exagerating. Americans emigrating to a country that does not speak English refuse to learn their new countries language? I don't think so.
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