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

    "I think the question you have to ask is, do you have a civic duty to learn English if you want to live in this country?" said Tim Schultz, Director of Government Affairs for US English, a group working to make English the country's official language. "This man had lived in this country for more than 22 years, and I think most people would think that is a reasonable request."
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Why are you even posting this? Do you honestly not believe the man knew how to speak English?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MoleMan View Post
    Why are you even posting this? Do you honestly not believe the man knew how to speak English?
    Considering that he spoke english in the video....yes.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by MoleMan View Post
    Why are you even posting this? Do you honestly not believe the man knew how to speak English?
    obviously haven't been paying attention have we? I've been saying all along the guy speaks english and just chose not to. it is your side that's been whining "maybe he can't speak english well"
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Well then, according to your selection from the article the man fulfilled his civic duty to learn English. That is, if you believe it's his civic duty. I don't know how that selection applies to this situation. Probably due to my short attention span, not the fact you're not making a point.

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

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

    Wow - apparently people have amnesia and forget how difficult it is to communicate with someone who DOES know english - but speaks with such a heavy accent they *might as well* be speaking Greek.

    So - instead of people being distracted like my dogs in the yard when I pretend to throw the stick - why don't they analyze and respond to the actuall PURPUSE of his testimony and the entire situation altogether.

    If people WANT everyone to HAVE to learn English then maybe they should revisit the idea of making it our official language, first.

    Until that happens (haha) everyone can just find some maturity that I know is in there - somwhere.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    So let me get this straight.

    The guy speaks both Spanish and English, but Spanish is his first language. He was giving testimony before a legislative body for the first time in his life, he was probably nervous as hell. He opted to give his testimony in his first language and have a professional translate for him.

    How is that, in any way shape or form, insulting? What cesspool was this Texas Senator born in that he thought he had the high ground with which to upbraid Mr. Aguirre? What wolves raised him that he can claim insult while interrupting someone else?

    This asshole is yet another in a long list of reasons why authority figures in this country, elected officials in particular, embarrass the ever-loving **** out of me.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    The previous three posts have made me feel a little better about this thread.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This is ridiculous. Multilingualism is not dependent upon polyglots. China is a multilingual country. A sizeable percentage of them aren't polyglots. The same goes for Canada, Belgium and at least half a dozen African countries.
    Actually, in China the vast majority of people today (especially those under 50) speak Mandarin Chinese as this is pushed pretty hard by the government. Many in non-Mandarin speaking areas who are at least 40 speak their local language in addition to Mandarin. Only those over 50 are likely to speak their own local language without speaking any Mandarin (and this is with varying degrees depending on what part of the country you are in with areas in more prosperous areas more likely to have larger Mandarin-speaking populations).

    In Africa, most educated people speak at least two languages -- their local tribal language in addition to the colonial linguya-franca (usually English or French, but in some cases Spanish or Portuguese).

    China promotes Mandarin nation-wide to build up the ability to communicate nationally and to promote the notion of a single national identity. This has actually been done for more than 2000 years when the Chinese state promoted a single writing system for all of the languages spoken in the empire. In Africa, tribalism is still a problem as those who are not educated do not speak the national lingua franca. There is still serious problems between tribal groups in many African countries, largely because they do NOT have a common identity.
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