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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    It benefits people who feel more comfortable speaking their first language - who still have a working knowledge of English.
    Well, we all know the worth of anecdotal evidence, but i can tell you from first hand experience, nearly all Spanish speaking New Yorkers speak Spanish at home. You're basing your opinion on what is happening now, not what will happen when Spanish speakers equate to 50% or more of the population and increased use of Spanish becomes common. Personally, I don't care which is "official" but one should be.

    I think we'll just have to disagree on the use in govt proceedings. I think our divisive govt is divisive enough as it is.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Well, we all know the worth of anecdotal evidence, but i can tell you from first hand experience, nearly all Spanish speaking New Yorkers speak Spanish at home. You're basing your opinion on what is happening now, not what will happen when Spanish speakers equate to 50% or more of the population and increased use of Spanish becomes common. Personally, I don't care which is "official" but one should be.

    I think we'll just have to disagree on the use in govt proceedings. I think our divisive govt is divisive enough as it is.
    I know they speak Spanish at home, same with a lot of people with immigrant parents or grandparents of many languages, but the only thing I have to go on is numbers and when American popular culture is English based and money around the world is English based, I'm putting my faith in the fact that people will continue to learn English.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I know they speak Spanish at home, same with a lot of people with immigrant parents or grandparents of many languages, but the only thing I have to go on is numbers and when American popular culture is English based and money around the world is English based, I'm putting my faith in the fact that people will continue to learn English.
    Faith, huh?
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Faith, huh?
    Yeah, can you having anything else when making predictions about the future? Faith is the only word, I think.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    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 mac View Post
    Are you aware that is illegal to speak any language other than English in many places in america?
    Would you care to cite an example? I wouldn't want to speak Mandarin with my wife on our next trip to the States and get put into jail for it...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    For starters, it's illegal to speak anything other than English aboard a united states ship, and on military reservations/bases. It's illegal in many state buildings as well.

    Though none of this may be applicable in this case, it illustrates that lack of an official language, and free speech, doesn't necessarily make a defense for attempting to speak in spanish during a us govt proceeding.
    Gee, that's funny... not only did I speak French with shipmates in Basic as well as on base, I translated on several ship boardings. No one ever complained that we were speaking French...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    What if you were arrested for a crime you didn't commit while you were there? Would you feel comfortable speaking Flemish (or French, or Dutch) - or would you prefer a translator?
    For the record, the official languages are Flemish (which is a dialect of Dutch), Waloons (a dialect of French) and German...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Would you care to cite an example? I wouldn't want to speak Mandarin with my wife on our next trip to the States and get put into jail for it...

    You can speak all the Mandarin you wish...expect alot of confused faces, and you having to couple your speech with alot of finger pointing, and hand gestures.....

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Would you care to cite an example? I wouldn't want to speak Mandarin with my wife on our next trip to the States and get put into jail for it...
    Well, unless you plan on touring a Military base or something like that, I think you'll be ok
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