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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Which is why he had a translator.
    which he did NOT need.....since he speaks english. hence the rude bit.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    Hispanic Americans: Census Facts — Infoplease.com

    According to that link Since the 1990's the Spanish speaking population has more than doubled. If more people are speaking Spanish and there is more accommodation for that, people are less likely to learn English. If there was no need to do so why would you? They can function in the neighborhoods easily. When you consider Texas, California, and Arizona which are nearing the 50% mark how much English do the Hispanics have to know. Some schools teach in Spanish. The language will become more prevalent over time. I don't think it will pass English any time soon but it is something that English speaking Americans will have to come to terms with.
    I never said they don't speak Spanish. I just said they also speak English. Which means this is a non-issue, in the same way that everyone in my grandmother's town can still speak Italian but they also speak English is a non-issue.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Like make a big deal out of what language some one is speaking?
    that's what you think this is about? why am I not surprised?
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    I never said they don't speak Spanish. I just said they also speak English. Which means this is a non-issue, in the same way that everyone in my grandmother's town can still speak Italian but they also speak English is a non-issue.
    That is probably true but more and more as time passes Hispanics will not need to speak or learn English at all. You mentioned Florida as having English as the official language. I understand that there voters ballets are printed in both Spanish and English. That is pretty funny considering they thing their official language is English.
    It is one thing to be able to speak a language but to function fully as in reading and writing that number would be well below those that speak both. To enforce English as official would then wipe Spanish from ballets and so on. That would make many of these people functionally illiterate.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    I would just be pissed at the guy for wasting my time. why should I have to listen to him tell me something in spanish and then wait for the translator to say it again in english, when he could just tell me in english to begin with?

    rude.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    I wasn't talking about Texas. What the hell.

    I was pointing out that your argument is inconsistent. You brought up Florida, not me.

    And once again, your post above this one warrants no response. You're arguing in circles against the notion, not the fact. If the argument you originally presented was true to what you really believed, then you should think this is wrong, since Florida has an official language and it's not Spanish. So you've basically just proved yourself to be intellectually dishonest, despite all your clever clipping to show the contrary.
    Texas is where this situation, the topic of this thread occurred - so your point about "official language" has no bearing on the specific situation I'm talking about. What the hell indeed.

    Again, if you look back at our conversation and actually read it this time, you'll realize the Florida comment was a response to a strawman comment you made about the US in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    If there was a large population of solely Spanish-speaking people you might have a point, but there really isn't. Even in Tucson most of the Mexicans speak English.
    Also, it's too bad you think I'm being dishonest, that's not my intention at all.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    40 million of 300 million isn't "catching up", it's just a significant minority. Just sayin'.
    The two are not mutually exclusive. A larger portion of the country now speaks spanish that a few years ago. That is catching up.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Personally, I think we should make an effort to unify the language in this country for its practical benefits. It makes it easier to conduct commerce, it helps with social discourse, and its reduces expenses to society over supporting multiple languages.

    I would have no issues with making it a requirement to learn at least basic (4th grade level) american english as a requirement to move from legal resident to citizen.
    That would mean that you would have to see that every citizen does speak, read, and write in the official language. You might find that a challenge as education in those skills would have to be provide free of charge for all of those people.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    You can show me where in the constitution it says the language of the US is English exclusively?
    IMO There never was a deliberate decision against making English the official language of the United States. With English as the language of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the vast majority of the population, a declaration of English as our official language may have seemed superfluous. Quite simply, it may not have occurred to them to do so.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    which he did NOT need.....since he speaks english. hence the rude bit.
    Not that rude. He was speaking at an important event and his first language is Spanish - he wanted to get his point across as well as possible.

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