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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Southwestern USA is going Spanny. Fast.

    I take consolation in knowing that neither English nor Spanish is spoken well here. I won't live long enough to see it, thank God, but one day, everyone will be walking around with their pants around their ankles, trying to figure out how to make, "Yo!" sound like like, "Can I have a job?"

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Which of course begs the question - if all they speak is their native language, why should we do any different.
    That is all I speak. No one in the government is asking you nor I to speak anything but english.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Changing the goal post is not going to save you. For one they came from England and Scotland, second what happened with Indians is not comparable. The people that settled here were not trying to be part of their tribe or join the Indians societies. All that was happening is the people that came first were creating a society on the same land and trying to deal with Indians. They had little interest in working with Indians at that time, and it wasn't until later that even become a factor, but even then they had little interest in bothering with them. They mostly just wanted them to go away and leave their new society alone. The Constitution of the country even made a point to say straight out they are a different society. Don't you even see that they were not trying to be one, that they were purposely trying to stay separate? I don't see how you can say, well you didn't, so they shouldn't. Its not a comparable situation.
    They came HERE to the Indians' country and wanted the Indians to "go away".

    You just made my point.

    They had no interest in learning the language since they wanted the Native Peoples to "go away" - by any means necessary, as we know from history.

    Doesn't leave any room to dictate to the current wave of immigrants what's right and what isn't.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by stelz View Post
    They came HERE to the Indians' country and wanted the Indians to "go away".

    You just made my point.

    They had no interest in learning the language since they wanted the Native Peoples to "go away" - by any means necessary, as we know from history.

    Doesn't leave any room to dictate to the current wave of immigrants what's right and what isn't.
    Americans weren't immigrants. You never even had a point, let alone that I made your point.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Should English be declared the official language of the United States?
    I'm just wondering when the Americans will switch to American instead of English.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Americans weren't immigrants. You never even had a point, let alone that I made your point.
    You apparently think England and Scotland are somewhere in the US. Have you tried google?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    I'm just wondering when the Americans will switch to American instead of English.
    That's actually a good point considering that every region of the country speaks a different dialect of the language. A man like with me, with a southern drawl, would have a hard time in Boston and visa versa.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Time out

    By "Official Language" aren't we talking about government documents and ballots and crap like that? And then, not suing buinesses that don't provide non-english speaking services?

    See this is why I hate coming into threads that have gone passed three pages. It's a whole nother world from the posted topic.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by stelz View Post
    You apparently think England and Scotland are somewhere in the US. Have you tried google?
    What part of they weren't trying to live in another country don't you understand? My ancestors on the other hand were doing just that.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by stelz View Post
    Verthaine just said what I was thinking, only he said it better.

    And there's a xenophobic undercurrent to a lot of this "official language" talk. I could EASILY see it turned into "forced language".

    Something else: A lot of the people who are clamoring to make English the "official" language ONLY speak English. I've noticed that a lot of people in Europe speak two or more languages, you're not considered educated there if you don't. So maybe instead of griping that everybody needs to speak English, all that energy would be better spent trying to learn a second language.
    Well, I am the OP and support official English in the U.S., yet I speak five languages -- so, while such comments may or may not be true, they aren't relevant.

    As for people in Europe, city-dwellers and the educated generally speak more than one language, many in the country-side don't. When travelling in France, I didn't see any evidence that the majority of people in the French country-side could speak English (though I speak French, so that is not an issue for me). Same in Austria and Southern Germany (except that I don't speak German) Not as many Europeans are truly as bilingual as many would have you believe, though rate of bilinguilism is far higher there than in the U.S.

    You know, many European countries have official languages, don't you? France, Germany, Denmark, Finland (official bilingual), Sweden, Norway (with some regional languages), among many others...
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