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I Believe People Should Learn English When They Come to the Us

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    If I moved to France, and tried to get employed at a Café there, I would be required to know French.  At least basic restaurant communication, like the menu items and things like, Vous Desirez?  So, why in the world should someone be able to become employed...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 13 Responses Aug 6, 2009

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    In That It's Practical, Yes...

    But on a moral level setting that as a requirement is a little silly. Consider, if you will, the languages that were spoken here by the natives. Who here knows a word of them?
    MonstrousScholar MonstrousScholar 16-18, M Jul 8, 2008

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    Or Navajo

    LOL Like us English did when we got there all those years ago. We should all be speaking Navajo or whatever Native Language was around.   Only Joking. Just this page sounded fairly intolerant. Many of the Current US Citizens only Spoke Polish, german or their...
    rgreener rgreener 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 18, 2010

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    Not Just English And The U.s.

    I think anyone planning on moving to a foreign country should take the time to learn the native language. You can't expect an entire country to cater to >your< needs.  I moved to Japan.  Now sure when I first got here I couldn't really speak Japanese, but I was enrolled in...
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F Jul 14, 2012

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    of course those moving here should learn english!  if i moved to france i would learn french, if i moved to mexico, i would learn spanish!  DON'T GET ME WRONG though!  i have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with people speaking languages besides english...
    de6789 de6789 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 17, 2008

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    It Is Ridiculous

    Why should I be required to speak Spanish to get a job here?  I do not understand at all.  English is my husbands second language his first is Serbian and he can not stand it either.  He has a job and has to speak English every day why shouldn't they.  I am no way racist, in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 23, 2011

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    Y'know What Cracks Me Up About This Experience Group?

    I agree with the premise totally, but the title says "Us." Not "US" or "U.S." even. Cringe worthy. If you're gonna publicly criticize something, be careful of how you do it!
    BlueEyedGeekery BlueEyedGeekery 26-30, M Aug 29, 2013

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    It Is For Their Own Good!

    I grew up with a lot of Hispanics.  My best friends growing up was Hispanic, I have a lot of love for the Hispanic community.  I am in favor of them learning English, not because I am a mean guy, but I think it is helpful to them.  They will be better able to...
    Longrun Longrun 46-50, M 5 Responses Apr 29, 2008

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    I'm All For Multiculturalism

    I love to learn about other cultures and think that people should hold on to many things that make them belong to their cultures.  I think that if someone speaks other languages, that is great! I also think that English should be the national language of the United States...
    debmichelle debmichelle 36-40 3 Responses Jun 8, 2008

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    So Sick

    I am so sick of being required to speak spanish in order to get a job. I am so sick of having to press 2 for my message in english. I am so sick of having people cvalling my house phone, speaking spanish. Hello, this is america, the 1st speaking language is english, so I believe...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 6, 2009

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