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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    And yet every time there was a vote, the majority of Quebecois did not want to separate from Canada.

    I'm not sure if this guy was trying to make a point or if he was truly self-conscious about his English. All I know is that in his situation, I would feel more comfortable with a professional interpreter by my side, just in case.
    That's true though it was a squeaker at one time. The main issue has always been language, despite all the other values and similarities we share.

    Either he was trying to make a political point or he was a poor representative to the issue he was representing. His presentation, at least what I saw of it, was a string of cliches.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    And yet every time there was a vote, the majority of Quebecois did not want to separate from Canada.

    I'm not sure if this guy was trying to make a point or if he was truly self-conscious about his English. All I know is that in his situation, I would feel more comfortable with a professional interpreter by my side, just in case.
    Actually, when you consider that Quebecois are generally regarded as French-speaking people from Quebec, a majority DID vote for separation in the last referendum, by a pretty large margin. It was the English-speakers in the province who turned it the other way, by the slimmest of margins... after some shady and controversial shenanigans by the union side...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana XV View Post
    Doesn't it upset you that what he was there to actually talk about got lost in this ridiculous little sideshow? That senator would have been much better served challenging the pro-illegal arguments the guy was there to defend than to throw a little temper tantrum over what language was being spoken.

    No, not at all. He came in with the intent of political theater, and got smacked down for it.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    What does that have to with anything?
    the committee has a right to speak whatever language they want... them answering him in german would be just as appropriate as him speaking to them in spanish. bull**** works both ways
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Well **** you folks have been here 250 years or some **** and you still can't speak apache?

    For ****ing shame

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well **** you folks have been here 250 years or some **** and you still can't speak apache?

    For ****ing shame

    Why should we? It's a dead language.....Should we speak sand-script also?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well **** you folks have been here 250 years or some **** and you still can't speak apache?

    For ****ing shame
    No, but I know all the words to "Cherokee People" and "One Tin Soldier." Does that count?

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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.
    My parent with virtually no education compared to you, learned English; and most certainly were fluent after 23 years here.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    the committee has a right to speak whatever language they want... them answering him in german would be just as appropriate as him speaking to them in spanish. bull**** works both ways
    well according to you speaking in German would be disrespectful, so...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    No, not at all. He came in with the intent of political theater, and got smacked down for it.
    "Smack down" is in the eye of the beholder. All I saw was a neanderthal committee member interrupting some guy for doing something that it isn't his job to question or stop.

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