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Cast Your Vote:

    • Yes- people who come here should learn English -- Votes: 64
    • No- we need to help others who cannot understand English -- Votes: 26
    • Other- Explain -- Votes: 9
Ellie. 2 kids; Arizona 25443 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Jas ♥:" French is their official language though. To my knowledge, America does not have an official language. English is just the main language spoken but nothing is official."


You are correct, ma'am.



http://answers.usa.gov/system/selfservice.controller?CONFIGURATION=1000&PARTITION_ID=1&CMD=VIEW_ARTICLE&ARTICLE_ID=10629

Ellie. 2 kids; Arizona 25443 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Jas ♥:" I think its a case by case basis. I only say that because my children's great grandmother doesn't speak ... [snip!] ... what I say to her, for the most part. She knows enough to get by. If they're not making an effort, that's an issue."


There's 2 hispanic ladies at my work (small office). Both speak perfect English, yet they yell across the room to each other in Spanish all day. This annoys me. lol

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Jas ♥:" French is their official language though. To my knowledge, America does not have an official language. English is just the main language spoken but nothing is official."

Nope, we don't Some States have made English the official language, but on a Federal level, we don't have one.




But I would think as a Business owner you'd want the majority of people to understand your products and prices, so you would learn the local language.

Olive ♥ 1 child; North Carolina 4902 posts
Nov 13th '12

I think having signs in a different language are ok, to an extent. In important places like hospitals, etc. But I can go to the south side of my city, and cannot find a single place that speaks English. There are no signs in English. That's getting a little ridiculous.

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Can.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:</b>" I do agree with this. You dont go to ... [snip!] ... and want to change something there country does all because we don't agree with it they wouldn't change it to make us happy."


I'm not being a b***h with this, I swear, but you're not able to spell properly yourself. You used there instead of their and spelled countries as "countrys." You, as someone I'd assume has been speaking and writing English for your entire life, make mistakes. English is a difficult and complex language to learn - the only language I'd consider more difficult is Arabic - and it takes time to learn, especially for older people who aren't able to learn languages as easily as children.
Most people who come here likely to know the basics. When you're in a specialty store, asking for directions, or calling a company/office for important information, it's a bit different and there's no need to risk miscommunication (especially if you're, say, calling your doctor or bank).
I think a lot of Americans would do well to visit other countries, honestly. Most of them WILL go out of their way to help you and many of them also speak English. I've had an easier time getting around Bahrain and Italy than most foreigners do in this country.

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Jas ♥:" I agree. Americans are...rude and impatient. For the most part. I have yet to visit a country where their people weren't helpful to me."


They can be really awful and it's something I find a little embarrassing (not saying anyone in this thread was, just a general statement). Waiting .2 seconds to press 1 for English and seeing directions written in more than one language isn't going to kill anyone and in no way takes away from anyone else just speaking English. I can understand being annoyed by, say, being with three people who you know can speak English but choose not to even while you're there, but that has nothing to do with the language and everything to do with the fact that sometimes other people are rude or inconsiderate.
I'd consider myself fairly well traveled and it's only in America that I've seen this behavior (well, other than Quebec, but I'm inclined to believe that instance was more related to the people being a*****es than anything). Everywhere else people have always tried to be helpful and inclusive.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Nov 13th '12

I just feel like I have to say this in here



i was at the dental ER today and I had two beautiful blonde russian girls attending to me



It was like a scene out of a bad p**n



But the entire time they were working on me, they were speaking russian to each other and laughing and it made me a bit uncomfortable.



I wish that, in a work place or professional setting, english would be spoken, unless the patient or customer spoke a different language



I thought it was very rude (even though they were both totally do-able)

Ellie. 2 kids; Arizona 25443 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" I just feel like I have to say this in here i was at the dental ER today and I had two beautiful blonde ... [snip!] ... the patient or customer spoke a different language I thought it was very rude (even though they were both totally do-able)"


:!: The worst is getting your nails done!

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" :!: The worst is getting your nails done!"


I've never had my nails done :oops:

Ellie. 2 kids; Arizona 25443 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" I've never had my nails done :oops:"


It's Asians 99% of the time, and they all talk, yell, sing to each other in other languages. I always think they are talking about me. lol. "this b***h didnt shave today!"

Rafael's Mommy ♥ Texas 764 posts
Nov 13th '12

I think everyone should try to learn English, but we need to have resources to help them while they're learning it.



I didn't learn English until I went to school. My mom still has trouble with some things. I don't know where I would be if there weren't Spanish/English classes at my elementary school.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Nov 13th '12

I worked in a hospital in a city and i routinely had patients that didnt speak english. It is bad for your health and saftey to not speak the language!
I do not think the governemnt nor businesses should be obligated to provide translations for those who dont speak english. sometimes it's the smart thing to do.

Gone 12345.... 2 kids; Houston, Texas 16000 posts
Nov 13th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" I just feel like I have to say this in here i was at the dental ER today and I had two beautiful blonde ... [snip!] ... the patient or customer spoke a different language I thought it was very rude (even though they were both totally do-able)"</blockquote>



But why even assume they're taking about you? They most likely weren't.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56012 posts
Nov 13th '12
Quoting Erica! Jake & Abby's mom!:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" I just feel like I have to say this in here ... [snip!] ... they were both totally do-able)"</blockquote> But why even assume they're taking about you? They most likely weren't."



Where did I say once that I thought they were talking about me? I didn't think they were at all

But I do think that in a professional setting, english should be spoken

thewarmth 3 kids; South Carolina 14438 posts
Nov 13th '12

I went to France and Italy once, and I tried to speak the language, but most of the time resulted in basic English hoping they would understand, and 98% of the time they knew English enough to help me out lol.
So I don't really care if people aren't English perfect, or have signs and stuff in their language, because I was in a foreign country having trouble and people were nice about it hah.