posted on May, 19 2006 @ 06:19 PM
I agree with pawnplayer. If I moved to Germany, I would learn German. If I moved to France, I would learn French. If I moved to China, I would learn
Chinese,etc,etc. Obviously, I wouldn't be able to learn a foreign language right away, but I would have to eventually because it would be
totally unrealistic for me to expect that they (the country I moved to) to learn my language.
Similarlly, it should be unrealistic for ANY immigrant to expect that Americans are going to bend over backwards to learn their language,
irregardless of what that language is, German, French, Chinese, etc.
If the Germans started moving to France by the millions, does that automatically mean that the French should start learning German?
In Germany, the "official" language is German. In France, it's French. In China, it's Chinese. In the US and England, it's English,
If any immigrant comes to this country from anywhere and are at least making an attempt to learn English, that's one thing. That I can work
with and deal with.
But for "them" to expect "us" to learn "their" language is quite another thing.
I suppose that eventually I'll HAVE to learn basic Spanish (or Chinese) in order to be able to go about basic day to day functions. But it's
English absolutely should be the official language of the United States, and if you want to live hear, and expect to function in American
society, you should be at least making an attempt to learn it.
Well, that's my rant on the subject. I feel strongly about this issue. I'm glad someone posted this.
[edit on 19-5-2006 by Chezz]