If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Untill someone is inconsiderate to you you should always strive to be considerate to them. If you want t be the bigger person you should still strive to be considerate to them, though it is much harder.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Slang and contractions and regional dialects probably make learning American English a pain in the butt.....As long as they are trying it is fine with me. It ain't like I don't speak no perfect English myself.
anecdotal evidence vs anecdotal evidence, so i guess this discussion is a bit of a wash unless someone has done a study showing that it's common for third generation Americans to not speak English. i truly doubt this is the norm, though.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Depends, to be honest. On how long they've been here and their age among other things. I don't expect a Venezuelan lady who came here with her family at nearly 50 to speak nearly perfect English.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Yes, it is important.
I came to this country in 1985, unable to speak a word of English. I am very grateful to many people who were patient and considerate with me.