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

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    I agree about the insulted part, but English is the de facto official language of the us. We have enough misunderstandings in politics driving us apart....we don't need another one. We need to embrace diversity, but we also need a common language to unite diverse groups.
    I agree which is why I don't see a problem since he had a translator. This was an important event, he was probably nervous and he felt more comfortable speaking his first language. As long as someone was speaking English, I don't have a problem.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    The bolded bit applies, AND it is what most of us are reacting to.
    Yeah and I know and that doesn't change the fact that Spanish is his first language and he was at an important event where he wanted to get his point across and he felt more comfortable speaking in his native tongue. Being insulted by someone who feels more comfortable speaking in a certain language who has provided a translator is a choice.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    I have a difficult time believing that anyone who has lived in a country for 23 years lacks the lingual capacity/dexterity to convey the requisite nuance.
    I don't. There are plenty of places in the United States where you don't have to speak much English and all you have to use is Spanish or another language to communicate. If he lived in one of those places, it's relatively easy to see how Spanish would be more comfortable for him.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Yeah and I know and that doesn't change the fact that Spanish is his first language and he was at an important event where he wanted to get his point across and he felt more comfortable speaking in his native tongue. Being insulted by someone who feels more comfortable speaking in a certain language who has provided a translator is a choice.
    Quite frankly, the point would be better made in English with a continuation of thought rather than having it broken up every 10-15 seconds because an interpretor has to repeat what was said in English. Very distracting and annoying.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    At the request of the local Israel consulate, I have served as a Hebrew/English translator for US and Israeli officials. The main challenge encompasses conveying the correct nuance.

    I have a difficult time believing that anyone who has lived in a country for 23 years lacks the lingual capacity/dexterity to convey the requisite nuance.
    I have no problem believing it. I was an expat brat most of my childhood, my whole teens and part of my adulthood. I've seen people not even bother to learn the local language no matter hjow long they'd been in the country. My mother has many Swiss, German and Dutch neighbors in Spain who have been living there for 10 to 15 years who don't speak a word of Spanish. I know countless Americans and British expats who live here in Switzerland and speak none of the local languages. Again many of them have been here over 10 years.

    The thing is, if people can get by without learning the language and can function reasonably well without it, they simply won't learn it.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Quite frankly, the point would be better made in English with a continuation of thought rather than having it broken up every 10-15 seconds because an interpretor has to repeat what was said in English. Very distracting and annoying.
    Well then I guess we should be insulted by deaf people who can read off a sheet paper but choose to use a translator instead. Bottom line: this whole thread is ****ing stupid. Let the man speak in what he's comfortable speaking in. People are acting like this is some horrible disrespect to our nation. Get the **** over it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Well then I guess we should be insulted by deaf people who can read off a sheet paper but choose to use a translator instead. Bottom line: this whole thread is ****ing stupid. Let the man speak in what he's comfortable speaking in. People are acting like this is some horrible disrespect to our nation. Get the **** over it.
    Of course he can do so. And the senator can comment, and so can you, and so can we. That's how that goes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I agree which is why I don't see a problem since he had a translator. This was an important event, he was probably nervous and he felt more comfortable speaking his first language. As long as someone was speaking English, I don't have a problem.
    But you know, some things simply don't translate well. I work part time as both a translator and interpreter with five languages (it looks like I will be with the interpreting team for Lady Gaga's visit -- gag!! -- next month) and it really is not as easy as it seems. Even with French and English, it isn't all that easy and things are easily lost in translation...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    I have no problem believing it. I was an expat brat most of my childhood, my whole teens and part of my adulthood. I've seen people not even bother to learn the local language no matter hjow long they'd been in the country. My mother has many Swiss, German and Dutch neighbors in Spain who have been living there for 10 to 15 years who don't speak a word of Spanish. I know countless Americans and British expats who live here in Switzerland and speak none of the local languages. Again many of them have been here over 10 years.

    The thing is, if people can get by without learning the language and can function reasonably well without it, they simply won't learn it.
    Horrible. One of the things I love about the different countries I have lived in over the years is the chance to immerse myself in the language and learn it and the culture that it is a part of...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Horrible. One of the things I love about the different countries I have lived in over the years is the chance to immerse myself in the language and learn it and the culture that it is a part of...
    It sounds like you live an amazing life.

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