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

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    I think it's funny the OP used the term "racist", is it racist if the person is a Frenchman speaking French?

    What he probably meant was asians and mexicans speaking to him in public.

    This poll is a floater.
    Well I once had to try to speak to a Haitian woman who only spoke Haitian French (aka Creole).
    Now I knew some French but for the love of, I couldn't communicate with that woman for ****.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    It's not racist. It's xenophobic.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Well I once had to try to speak to a Haitian woman who only spoke Haitian French (aka Creole).
    Now I knew some French but for the love of, I couldn't communicate with that woman for ****.
    My wife and I travel abroad, and we're *this close* to becoming those lame white tourists who only travel to English speaking countries because going to countries that speak no English at all is such a fantastic pain in the ass.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    It's not racist. It's xenophobic.
    That's not true.
    It's pretty reasonable, that no matter which country you go to, you should at least attempt to speak the native language.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    I don't like it when I go to the store and the person working can barely speak two words of English, and they can't understand you, and you can't understand them. It takes like 10 minutes to order something or to pay for something that would normally take 2 minutes. That is so annoying!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    It's not racist. It's xenophobic.
    It's bizarre. How do you demand that some random person speak your preferred language?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    My wife and I travel abroad, and we're *this close* to becoming those lame white tourists who only travel to English speaking countries because going to countries that speak no English at all is such a fantastic pain in the ass.
    I hear you on that.
    I hate to be the rude and obvious American that butchers another country's language.

    I've got a some what crappy working knowledge of most of the prime European languages.
    It's just that I almost never get to practice it, so it sucks.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I don't like it when I go to the store and the person working can barely speak two words of English, and they can't understand you, and you can't understand them. It takes like 10 minutes to order something or to pay for something that would normally take 2 minutes. That is so annoying!
    I think it's bad management to hire someone who can't communicate with your customer base. What was the hirer thinking?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    I don't know if it's racist. It's pointless, small-minded and entirely unrealistic.
    I'm with you. I wish we all could speak different languages. That way we'd be forced to become multi-lingual.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I hear you on that.
    I hate to be the rude and obvious American that butchers another country's language.
    Oh, nothing wrong with butchering another country's language. Trust me: they know you're not from around there. But not even trying to speak their language? That's bad.

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