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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I'd agree with you, but the problem is that is will just make it harder for people to became legal citizens the right way...
    The other problem I have is that Spanish speakers, such as Puerto Ricans, are considered America.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    The other problem I have is that Spanish speakers, such as Puerto Ricans, are considered America.
    Puerto Rico is a US territory. Do you have a problem with children in elementary school in Hawaii being taught the Hawaiian language? This ethnocentrism is really getting to me.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by atrasicarius View Post
    Right, you were the one that was supposed to be directed at. You expect Americans to learn the language of wherever they go, but you also expect us to put everything in other languages for people who come here and don't speak English. Which is it gonna be?
    I am not contradicting myself. I am saying there can be more than one official language, and I favor education and language studies for everybody.

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

    If someone moves somewhere with family and is over the age of 50, I don't see why they should spend their twilight years struggling to learn a language instead of devoting their time and efforts to the family. Additionally, language is pervasive imperialist dogma and no one should be required to take one.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gargantuan View Post
    Puerto Rico is a US territory. Do you have a problem with children in elementary school in Hawaii being taught the Hawaiian language? This ethnocentrism is really getting to me.
    No, I don't have a problem with that... and I think you didn't read my statement as intended. I didn't notice the problem with my wording until you quoted it without the other poster's quote attached.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    and those people are stereotypically American tourists
    We do visit, true, but other immigrate and don't speak French.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I am not contradicting myself. I am saying there can be more than one official language, and I favor education and language studies for everybody.
    I don't object to people learning other languages. I think it's great. I just think that the official language, used on things like government forms or street signs, should be English.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by atrasicarius View Post
    I don't object to people learning other languages. I think it's great. I just think that the official language, used on things like government forms or street signs, should be English.
    So do you intend to go to Puerto Rico and demand they give all their streets English names?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    So do you intend to go to Puerto Rico and demand they give all their streets English names?
    No, I'd actually prefer if Puerto Rico was it's own country. The US doesn't have any business going around making colonies in other parts of the world.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    You bled how much making this "our" country? Why are you so focused on Mexicans. What do you have against people who are in this country legally? Some of those actually have bled for this country. And when the Italians came here, hey, they spoke their own language for a couple generations.
    And they, and our government never forced their language on us.
    But, now, its press "1" for English, "2" for Spanish, "3" for French, "4" for Swahili(whatever), and "5" for Chinese.
    Ridiculous !
    So, lets clean up things and return to "1" language.
    Its is a unifying factor.

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