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

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    Great. Again, we don't have an official language here, he can speak whatever language he wants.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Great. Again, we don't have an official language here, he can speak whatever language he wants.
    when the bulk of the people speak a certain language, if you want to be taken seriously you should speak their language. sure, he could speak Klingon if he wanted to.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Great. Again, we don't have an official language here, he can speak whatever language he wants.
    In a senate hearing?

    If you've been in a country 23 years, and you can't speak the language, you're dumb as a bag of hammers and have no business addressing a state senate.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    In a senate hearing?

    If you've been in a country 23 years, and you can't speak the language, you're dumb as a bag of hammers and have no business addressing a state senate.
    He can speak the language, so your comment doesn't apply. Again, we don't have an official language.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Great. Again, we don't have an official language here, he can speak whatever language he wants.
    Apparently, his choice of Spanish and the use of an interpretter were a stunt to promote the "rights" of illegal immigrants, not a legitimate need for aid in communication. Your right, of course. He CAN speak any language he wants. But something most people learn very quickly when taking a second language is that you lose a LOT of the original intent in translation. You can even see this online when you translate a Spanish statement to English and then back to Spanish. 9 times out of 10 you won't get the same thing you started with.

    We don't have an official language, but we definitely have an overwhelmingly common one. Learning the intricacies of any language BUT English is usually only provided two years of academic focus in most states, so it's safe to say that English is the understood language of the country. If you want to assimilate into our culture and be successful then you need to know enough English to communicate your needs and inquiries. Unless you're able to afford a translator to follow you around (or willing to use your young children as your personal translator) you won't be able to communicate here without learning some of the language.

    Will that change in the future? With many states now inititating Spanish-language learning in Pre-K it's very probable that over the next 15-20 years we'll see a more bilingual society. At the moment, it's still essential for a successful Hispanic immigrant to learn at least the basic tennants of English (I'd say enough to communicate with health professionals, police, and understand traffic signs).
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    He can speak the language, so your comment doesn't apply. Again, we don't have an official language.
    it does apply. if you are addressing people who speak english and you speak english but you choose to speak another language and use a translator....you are either an arrogant prick or a dumbass. take your pick
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    when the bulk of the people speak a certain language, if you want to be taken seriously you should speak their language. sure, he could speak Klingon if he wanted to.
    I agree that he would more likely be taken seriously (by certain people) by speaking English. However, it's really dumb to be "insulted" as the senator was by someone speaking Spanish.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I agree that he would more likely be taken seriously (by certain people) by speaking English. However, it's really dumb to be "insulted" as the senator was by someone speaking Spanish.
    so, other than a stupid stunt...what was the point of this guy speaking spanish to the english speaking senate hearing?
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Apparently, his choice of Spanish and the use of an interpretter were a stunt to promote the "rights" of illegal immigrants, not a legitimate need for aid in communication. Your right, of course. He CAN speak any language he wants. But something most people learn very quickly when taking a second language is that you lose a LOT of the original intent in translation. You can even see this online when you translate a Spanish statement to English and then back to Spanish. 9 times out of 10 you won't get the same thing you started with.

    We don't have an official language, but we definitely have an overwhelmingly common one. Learning the intricacies of any language BUT English is usually only provided two years of academic focus in most states, so it's safe to say that English is the understood language of the country. If you want to assimilate into our culture and be successful then you need to know enough English to communicate your needs and inquiries. Unless you're able to afford a translator to follow you around (or willing to use your young children as your personal translator) you won't be able to communicate here without learning some of the language.

    Will that change in the future? With many states now inititating Spanish-language learning in Pre-K it's very probable that over the next 15-20 years we'll see a more bilingual society. At the moment, it's still essential for a successful Hispanic immigrant to learn at least the basic tennants of English (I'd say enough to communicate with health professionals, police, and understand traffic signs).
    I agree with everything you said. Nonetheless, I think it's ridiculous to be "insulted" as the senator claimed to be in the video and I also think it's ridiculous to applaud the senator for being insulted as Mr. V. did. There are obviously many practical reasons to speak English instead of Spanish and yet it's also understandable to me why someone would want to speak Spanish in such a hearing as a statement. To me, it's just arrogant and silly to be insulted by something that isn't insulting.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    so, other than a stupid stunt...what was the point of this guy speaking spanish to the english speaking senate hearing?
    The point of it isn't my concern, it's the idea that people are insulted by the "stunt" - it's so ****ing stupid. There's nothing insulting about it.

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