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Old 12-05-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Not long ago a Mexican man (total stranger) chewed me out for not talking & understanding Spanish. If I wasn't at work I would of torn him a new ass hole.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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To assimilate into a country it is required to speak the language.
Those who choose not to assimilate are invaders.
So you are saying that people in New Mexico must speak Spanish?
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Old 12-06-2019, 12:15 AM
 
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If on a break, if among themselves, I think it is fine, if someone is part of the conversation and does not speak Spanish, then English.

If during work, then among themselves Spanish is fine, but when in front of customers, should be English, or what ever the employer says to do.
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:17 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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To assimilate into a country it is required to speak the language.
Those who choose not to assimilate are invaders.
If that’s true, we have plenty of Asian invaders in the north of U.K.
I’ve had people in France say, “You speak French well for an American, or are you Canadian?”
When I say, “Neither, I’m English but with a French great-grandmother”,
they are surprised, “and yet you chose to live in England? Incroyable!”

Last edited by Jean-Francois; 12-06-2019 at 10:18 AM.. Reason: Added comma
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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I worked for a federal government program a couple years ago. We had a training session in Boston for the Northeaast region. Evidently, in true government-silliness fashion, PR is considered part of the Northeast region when it comes to some federal programs. So 6 or 7 people from PR were flown to Boston and put up in hotels for the 3 days. What made it absolutely hilarious is that all but one of them spoke NO ENGLISH!! lol......One of their team understood a bit of English and tried to translate to her team as best she could. But it was just ridiculous.

Very, very surprised!!! Most Puerto Ricans speak English, unless they happen to come from the mountains.....
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Old 12-08-2019, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Should US expats be treated in the same fashion in their foreign workplaces?
Would an American who didn’t speak German be hired in Germany? Or an American who didn’t speak Japanese be hired in Japan? Nope and nope.
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Old 12-08-2019, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I think it is only right that you learn to speak the language of the country your in. I've lived in a couple of countries and I learned the language enough to carry on a conversation, even though they spoke English it's only polite to address them in their native language.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:00 PM
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international companies use english. for example i worked for 5 years for a saudi oil company in the netherlands. office talk was in english unless you shared a common mother tongue with the other person, especially in the cafeteria. you get used to not understanding other people's conversations. i do feel that people who would speak non-english would try to be mindful of not making others feel excluded. in cases where there was a group conversation for example, the two romanians wouldn't suddenly bust out and have a side conversation in romanian unless it was to briefly help the other understand something that was being said. also met a good number of people who taught at international schools like the american or british schools; they are there maybe 5 years and might not bother to learn the local language fluently though they will usually learn enough to go grocery shopping - waar is de pils?. there are quite a few jobs available in other countries where you dont have to specifically speak the national language. this is not to say that there aren't people everywhere across the globe who like to let you know you need to talk learn *insert local language here.* no place is safe from bothersome busybodies
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Old 12-08-2019, 02:36 PM
 
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I don't think "Majority" is accurate. The link below, estimated that in 2011, 29% of Florida Hispanics were Cubans --- only 20% were Puerto Ricans --- 15% were Mexicans.

Although I would imagine that the Puerto Rican share has increased greatly, due to refugees from the hurricane a couple of years ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispan...nos_in_Florida

Florida is known to be the 6th borough of New York City, most Puerto Ricans born in NYC, at some point move also to Florida.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:03 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I don't really care since the only non-English speakers we have at work are custodian contractors. If we have a wild fire here though some of these people will be seriously screwed if they can't understand English. Police are not going to be driving around scripting a bunch of languages that you need to evacuate your house immediately.
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