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

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    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.
    I prefer "Press 1 for English, or hang up and don't call back until you learn to speak English".

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    it doesn't happen that way. People go to France all the time who don't speak french. Sorry.
    Go to France, visit France, not move to France permanently and never learn the language. Sorry.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Go to France, visit France, not move to France permanently and never learn the language. Sorry.
    Like everywhere else, the language is largely learned by the children. Adults rarely learn a new language well, if at all.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    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.
    That's not government force. That is the business sector marketing to people. And I call BS on your claim that businesses never did it before. My great grandpa's obituary was published in a Czech language newspaper, and he wasn't even Czech but a lot of his friends and community members were Czech.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    I prefer "Press 1 for English, or hang up and don't call back until you learn to speak English".
    What about capitalism... businesses want to make money and all that?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    I prefer "Press 1 for English, or hang up and don't call back until you learn to speak English".
    That attitude doesn't make a good business strategy.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Go to France, visit France, not move to France permanently and never learn the language. Sorry.
    1. I don't think that's true.
    2. France has a more homogeneous culture and population. The heterogeneity of the United States makes the idea of a single official language more complex.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Like everywhere else, the language is largely learned by the children. Adults rarely learn a new language well, if at all.
    I agree. I can't tell you how many time I have seen families where the parents barely know English, but their kids speak English and the native language and translate back and forth. Some of those kids are really small t0o... one little girl was playing with my nieces and she was probably 6 or 7 and spoke English and Spanish fluently. That's very impressive.

    Everybody knows it's easier to learn a foreign language the younger you are... and parents that migrate here usually do it to give their children a better life.

    I date somebody from Israel, and he first came to America barely knowing English and he had to deal with racism and discrimination... He was harassed and mocked by some cops once because they didn't think he knew English very well, but he actually knew what they were saying better than they realized. Once you start learning a foreign language, at first, you're better at understanding native speakers talking to you than you are actually speaking it yourself. The point is, it takes people time to learn a language. You can't expect immigrants to be fluent in English right away, and you especially can't expect them know technical language in legal forms or financial applications right away either.

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

    6 or 7 and spoke English and Spanish fluently
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    What about capitalism... businesses want to make money and all that?
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    That attitude doesn't make a good business strategy.
    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    That's not government force. That is the business sector marketing to people. And I call BS on your claim that businesses never did it before. My great grandpa's obituary was published in a Czech language newspaper, and he wasn't even Czech but a lot of his friends and community members were Czech.
    Again, what the private sector does is its own business. I'm just talking about the government.
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