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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    That's not realistic.
    I've learned (rough working knowledge) about 5 or 6 languages and they continue to deteriorate because I almost never use them.
    I hope three of those 5 or 6 languages are spanish, arabic and chinese, as one or all of those may well be at the forefront of your language center.

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

    I speak English and French to a point, it's a real job to speak to Quebeckers. The accent is hard but I've mastered it and that's the biggest hurdle. In Canada we are officially bilingual so being bilingual helps. Language education in Quebec is a hot debate since in order to receive education in English one of your parents must have been taught in a Canadian English language school. Especially if you live in BC, Chinese is very helpful since there is very large part of the population that is Chinese. The Natives usually speak in their language aswell as English but in NWT they have 11 official languages and most of them are different native tongues.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Nope, in certain cities, it is ALL foreigners who, for the most part, speak VERY broken English. They figure it out eventually, but you have to point to what you want and they pick up the wrong things repeatedly. I could use Framingham (a suburb of Boston) is a good example with a HUGE Brazilian population. Nice people and rich culture, but it would be nice if some people put more effort into learning the language or at least being able to understand adequately for communication purposes.
    And if you're a member of a minority immigrant community and you need to find someone to tend the cash register...who's the best person you can trust (more or less) with the job? Your family.

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

    Anything that inconveniences the immigrants in any way, such as learning anything about the United States or paying taxes, learning English, etc., etc., is racist. Certainly any imposition of the inferior American culture over their own is racist, this is particularly true if they come from a 3rd world country and are here because they can live for free off the work of others.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    I hope three of those 5 or 6 languages are spanish, arabic and chinese, as one or all of those may well be at the forefront of your language center.
    The US actually has no official national language. We should make English the national language and make provisions in immigration policies that immigrants must be proficient (to a point) in English.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    And if you're a member of a minority immigrant community and you need to find someone to tend the cash register...who's the best person you can trust (more or less) with the job? Your family.
    That's true, but it sure makes it difficult for us English-speaking customers.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    I hope three of those 5 or 6 languages are spanish, arabic and chinese, as one or all of those may well be at the forefront of your language center.
    Besides English for obvious reasons, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, German, French and Romanian.
    When I stopped working with Brazilians, Portuguese became nearly useless, the rest I did for fun.

    Again they're nearly useless to know, because of all the people I've come into contact with, nearly 99% spoke strong English.
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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?
    I don't know about asking them to speak it in certain places but I think it's sound advice to ask them to learn the language(s) of the country they immigrated to and are living in.
    I believe half of the things I say and say half of the things I believe.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    The US actually has no official national language. We should make English the national language and make provisions in immigration policies that immigrants must be proficient (to a point) in English.
    Don't you have language proficiency already? here you have be proficient in either English or French.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    Don't you have language proficiency already? here you have be proficient in either English or French.
    In as far as school goes, you have to be good enough to pass English class, but don't confuse that with being able to speak proper English.
    A lot of people here, can graduate, being functionally illiterate.
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