View Poll Results: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

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Thread: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

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    Re: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

    If someone is trying to communicate in the native language, certainly.

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    Re: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    In everyday life, it's important to be considerate of other people on a regular basis for a number of reasons, including understanding them and they understanding you. When I meet someone on the street who is lost or looking for something, I have no way of knowing if they have been living here a long time, just moved here, or simply visiting on vacation. It would never dawn on me to be ignorant or insulting to them simply because they were struggling with the English language.

    As for learning a new language, I for one am terrible at it so I'd never criticize someone else having trouble with English - after all, my pre-alzheimers English is not always the greatest either.

    What I have noticed, however, here in Toronto, is that there are pockets of Asians who have emigrated to Canada and bought up sections of the city, including shops and malls, and turned them into single language Asian areas where English is not spoken and English is not used in any signs or products solds. I personally find that to be ignorant and rude and disrespectful of the great country that invited them in.
    You mean unless they spoke french right?

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    Re: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    You mean unless they spoke french right?
    I have nothing against people who speak French even if many of them are the most arrogant bores on the planet. I will always be considerate of those I don't know and meet on the street - I'll save the distain for after I get to know them, if I'm so unfortunate.

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    Re: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    The first 40 seconds....


    Sam was one of the greats. I remember the night he died, I wasn't that far away. What a shame.

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    Re: Is it important to be considerate to those who can't speak English well?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Ad hominem again.

    "an argument made personally against an opponent instead of against their argument"
    Thanks for showing that I made no such attack. My post does not meet that definition. I talked about your ignorance, which is NOT a personal attack. Ignorance is not the same thing as stupidity. You chose to read in a personal attack. At person's qualifications are indeed relevant to a topic. I speak foreign languages. I know what it's like to be in another country learning their language. You plainly and obviously don't, as is indicated by your ignorant comments on the topic. You can call that a personal attack, but it's not. If that's a personal attack, then it must be an attack on me to claim I have no idea what it's like to fly a bomber mission in Vietnam, even though that's absolutely the truth.
    Last edited by Luna Tick; 04-04-13 at 12:44 AM.

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