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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanWoman76 View Post
    no, it's racist to ask for birthright Americans to speak Spanish because the immigrants don't care enough about us to learn our language.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    No.

    BUT: While I would want them to learn English, use it especially when dealing with government related matters and law enforcement related matters, to go beyond that and demand they speak it all the time/never speak their native tongues - an opinion which I have seen in general when this issue comes up in places - is quite un-American. If they can speak English, and use it where needed, if they talk with their friends in private or public in their foreign tongue, if shop owners can speak to said immigrant in that native tongue/prefer to, etc, then be my guest [no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to].
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    It's not racist by itself to expect immigrants to eventually learn English. It is racist to get all uptight an angry with someone whose English isn't very good yet who's probably doing his best to learn it. It takes time to learn a language, and it's not easy. The pronunciation of English is particularly hard for people from Asian countries because it's so different from any Asian language. Even people who speak Latin-derived languages (such as Spanish, Italian, and French) or Germanic ones (eg German, Dutch) can have difficulty with our many often confusing idioms. In short, learning a language is a lot of hard work. The people who have come here from another country deserve our consideration. If they need you to speak more slowly or to enunciate better or to use more simple vocabulary, you should do so. IMO as long as the person is giving it an honest effort to learn the language, he deserves to be cut some slack. I speak fluent German. It took me years to get good at it. Even now I'm still not as good as a native speaker, though I can easily have conversations. I've been busy learning French since September. It's hard! I've made good progress by studying it every single day, but I'm still not anywhere near as good at it as I am with English or German. It's hard to learn a language! And don't believe any of the hype from companies that sell some product that purports to be able to make you fluent in 10 days or 30 days or some other unrealistic period of time. Some of those materials are useful, but their claims are exaggerated. There's no way around hours and hours of study and then using the language in real conversation with native speakers. It takes years. There's no way around that unless you're exceptionally talented.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    why are 2 million immigrants more important than 550 million Americans? a more honest way for you to ask the same question would have been; Why would 227 people be more important than one person? But instead you choose to make a personal attack implying that the 227 people are selfish for not making a radical change, taking months of study time out of their life and months of paychecks for tuition out of their wallets, to accommodate one person so that the one person doesn't have to do something immediately that they will do in the future anyway.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Racist has nothing to do with it. We dumb Polacks are expected to speak English in America, however hard it may be for us

    It depends on what you mean by "ask" and "public places". Should there be laws and regulations banning other languages from streets, buses and concert halls? Of course not. And that's not what we are discussing, I'm sure.

    Should English be the sole lingua franca of administrative transactions? I would say "yes", but details ought to be left to the discretion of local authorities: clearly, everyone benefits from epidemiologial or other public safety information being distributed in as many languages as practical.

    If you mean workplaces, it depends. Naturally, I cannot hire someone with whom I cannot communicate effectively. This is hardly "racism" or discrimination. When two people discuss something work-related in Mandarin or Hindi in the privacy (so to speak) of their cubicle - that's fine, especially if it allows them to think more clearly about the problem they are solving. But to speak anything but English in a room full of people who do not understand Mandarin or Hindi - that's just RUDE.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Although I agree, that it is not racist, quite the opposite, it is common sense to expect people who go to LIVE and WORK in a country to speak the language of that country, the jokes' on people who only stick to one language.
    Just because it'd be decent of all immigrants to the US to speak English properly, it would be beneficial to americans to learn foreign languages too, and not stick just to English.

    Learn Spanish and you can talk to about half a billion people worldwide. Not to mention that knowing more than one language reduces the chance of getting a brain disease (like alzheimmers). I mean it. It's proven.

    And Spanish is the easiest language to learn. Then you have Italian... another very easy language to learn and quite useful with the ladies....

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoopyPaladin View Post
    I hear people talking about this subject all the time, and I'm just curious.

    Is it racist to ask immigrants to speak English (or whatever language the country they immigrated to speaks) when in public places?
    It depends. If they are having a private conversation....then it is no business of yours and it is completely racist to ask them to speak in English.

    If you are talking about asking them to speak English in a social setting such as at a restaurant or market or something involving the need to communicate with others outside a private conversation...then no...


    The reality is that most people WANT to speak English...but English is a very difficult language to learn and some people are better at learning languages than others. I have friends whose first language in not English. Some speak very well...others not so much. The ones that don't speak well, actually speak better than they think, but they are too embarrassed to try sometimes.

    The fact is.....in the early 1800's, there were many immigrants who retained their languages, however, today most people complain because the immigrants today are not of European descent.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    It is definitely not racist and should be a requirement to be a citizen of this great country.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

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    Why are you more important than an immigrant?
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