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Old 05-25-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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you might get paid more if you speak spanish in some fields of work
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: southern california
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ode to language acquisition
tired of being left out feeling isolated unwanted and not a member of the club,
learn a foreign language, you will still be all of that-- but you will remove any doubt about what you already suspected was true.

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Old 05-25-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the replies! I'm practicing my spanish again on free websites like livemocha.com - I will definitely checkout the northside district's adult classes. thanks!
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Another non-Spanish speaker here, and my husband is Hispanic. His family is bilingual through his generation; the next generation younger aren't bilingual AT ALL. In fact, his niece is flunking Spanish!

All that to say, no, you don't need to speak Spanish to live here.
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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I've been in San Antonio for less than a year,
I think whether or not you need to speak spanish depends on what type of job you get.
It seems to me that the less education the job requires, the more you are gonna need to speak Spanish.

I always tell my wife, that when I'm at work I don't feel like I'm in San Antonio, it feels to me exactly as if I was in my previous jobs in Missouri.
Less than 10% of the people at my work can speak Spanish.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I moved from the northwest and speak no spanish. Never needed to either... last time I needed to was at a Jack in the Box in Lynnwood, WA. Same at the one in Auburn actually...
Northeast here.. I can order beer and ask where the bathroom is in Spanish. If you add in ordering breakfast tacos in Spanish you'll be just fine!
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I'm on the Southside and while there are a lot of hispanics it's mostly the older generations that actually speaks spanish. I rarely hear it spoken over hear unless it's older folks...
It's just my experience. It's pocket-y. You can go a few blocks on the south side, west side, south east side...etc. and find areas where not a single person (young or old) speak English. And then others they speak both and don't think anything of it. And then you go down a ways and no one will speak Spanish. It's the people that speak both (and have from birth) and think nothing of it. It's a blessing (and those that are bilingual take it for granted) to have both languages and cultures. I've worked my butt off for nearly 15 years to be able to speak Spanish the way I do.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:58 PM
 
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Better yet. Please refer to the teen slang thread.
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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Most of the Spanish spoken in SA isn't Spanish, per se, it's Tex-Mex. Tex-Mex is a mixture of Spanish and English with some choloismo thrown in. The need to speak proper Spanish or Tex-Mex isn't necessary. Of course, if people are talking about you, you're not going to know what they're saying. *lol*
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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Thank God, after 20 years I never "learned Texan." I'm headed back to TN for a while, girlcitizen, so I'll pass you the baton. I've lived in Miami, LA and here, and don't speak a word of Spanish. Never needed it any of those places. Many of my Hispanic friends here in SA don't even speak Spanish, actually.
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