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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_Osophy View Post
    I am learning spanish. This person wasnt a spanish speaker, so the little spanish i know wouldnt have helped.



    Did you try sign language and Pig Latin?

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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    This is a poll?



    It kind of looks like it's a poll, but I can't find the poll.

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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_Osophy View Post
    Is it not?



    If it's a poll, where is the poll?

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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_Osophy View Post
    Yes. She is actually. There are others who speak spanish and others who speak napalian. But the others are able to communicate fairly well in english.



    Now we are making progress, maybe if some of the other workers understand this person they could translate for her.

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    Re: Learn english first

    my business is international in nature, so i do require some position to speak the language of the people they deal with( primarily South American countries)... and they must speak English as well.

    for the employees that do not interact with foreign clientele, I require literacy in English.
    for my foreign employees, I only require English literacy in management and customer service.. the other are free to speak the local language.

    no habla ingles', no trabajo...Esa es la regla

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    Re: Learn english first

    Y si usted no trabaja, no come! And it's a reasonable rule that reduces liability.

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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    A person who speaks 2-3 languages should be more valuable than a monoglot.
    Why must they be more valuable? I see no reason for that to be the case, only that they can be more valuable, depending on the other language.

    Latin is not of much use, unless you need to talk to priests as part of your employment. And if you live and work in rural Alabama, guess how much use knowing Hebrew would be?

    An additional language is only as valuable as the need for the language is. It is not valuable in and of itself.
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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by Oozlefinch View Post
    Why must they be more valuable?
    For the same reason programmers who know C++, HTML5 and Python are more valuable than people who know how to use GeoCities.

    Latin is not of much use
    Today. 1800 years ago, speaking Latin was a necessity. Speaking 1-2 languages in addition to Latin made you a valuable resource in commerce.

    Hebrew in Alabama
    Depends, it seems as if Hebrews are indeed flocking to rural Alabama:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/us...hand.html?_r=0

    The redbrick synagogue now has religion classes full of children, and a temple bowling team is starting. Six new Jewish families with 18 people who used to live in Florida, New York and elsewhere now call Dothan their home. Their arrival helped double the size of worship services, and more families are applying for the assistance.

    The businessman, Larry Blumberg, smiles when he talks about what has grown in the few years since he had the idea to pay moving expenses for families relocating to the area.

    “The injection of this new blood has really been helpful and refreshing,” Mr. Blumberg said. “I think the program has created a lot of buzz and attention both in our local community and throughout the Jewish community at large.”


    Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, who moved to Alabama from Connecticut to lead the reform Temple Emanu-El about a year before the program began, thinks Mr. Blumberg’s strategy could become a blueprint for other small-town Jewish congregations fighting to stay alive.
    However, why go to such an extreme case like Hebrew? Why not pick Spanish? Well.... because then the extreme examples would make no sense. In Alabama (or for that matter any state) today, it makes sense that a person who speaks Spanish and English would be move valuable to a company than someone who speaks only English. The country in general has RADICALLY changed - and whether legal or illegal immigration is to blame, there are still millions of hispanics in the country. So in about 15-20 years, learning Spanish will be a necessity for many looking to get hired.
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    Re: Learn english first

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Sounds as if taking a course in conversational or workplace Spanish will be very helpful to you.
    And , from a Conservative...
    I disagree, in the USA, the people should speak English and it should be , for most, a condition of employment.
    And , from a Progressive...

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    Re: Learn english first

    In a work place where the majority speaks english, you should be able to speak english.

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