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Originally posted by MonteroReal
Of course i understand what you are trying to say, and of course i understand that now one country have a monopoly in the use of the word "America", but it sounds like even the hispanic and french speaking countries must change to english to make you all happy.
Originally posted by tom.farnhill
reply to post by eNumbra
correct me if i am wrong but isn,t america a continent ?
and does this continent not have many countries in it ie peru , mexico chilli ,argentina etc.
Originally posted by K J Gunderson
People who know multiple languages usually score higher in many different areas of knowledge and IQ measurements. Many other countries accomodate travellers and tourists. There are many places on Earth that have gone to the trouble to learn English ALONG with their native tounge, as well as other dialects from neighboring areas, etc. Why is the USA always so eager to race to the bottom?
Originally posted by Arcane Demesne
It's not that we don't want to learn other languages (I'm learning Japanese in fact, a damn tough language for a westerner),
it's that we want people to be able to communicate properly, without the use of their 13 year old son about financial issues regarding their foreclosure on a house you're renting from them, because they don't know a lick of English, the language that over 90% of USA citizens speak. (Yes that happened to me, and damn was it obnoxious).
Once an 'official' language is put in place, then all forms can be put into English without worrying about what other languages you have to translate it to.
Not saying you wouldn't want to, just that the government shouldn't be wasting my tax money printing things in 30 languages that are only meant for citizens. It's a waste of money, time effort to accommodate all these languages.
In all seriousness, would you move a country like say, Uganda, and expect to live and communicate with the populace without ever learning Runyankore, Rutooro, Chiga, or Nyoro?!
Try it and see how far you get. There's no reason why we need to spend our tax money to support these people if they don't even want to properly integrate into the society that inhabits the country they want to live in.
Originally posted by Arcane Demesne
reply to post by K J Gunderson
Well...damn, you make some good points. But...
If you're a Native and people came and colonized without your consent, but you never really bothered to learn their language, then you shouldn't have to. At the same time, I'm a Libertarian, and I don't feel they (the 'new' people) should require you to do anything thing to/for/with them by force either, so everyone can live side by side (though I realize real world isn't as friendly as you and I'd like it to be, unfortunately).
But when an immigrant comes, and lives in a city where most of the inhabitants speak a different language...you'd think they'd take the time to learn it. I don't care for a federal language either (though I wouldn't mind State...or better yet, county...official language(s)), it's just annoying when people feel like they're being treated unfairly, when they're the ones not playing fair.
When I went to Montreal, I learned French/Canadian terms. When my Fiance when to Germany, she learned German terms...And we were just visiting. If we had intention to stay, we'd sure learn the language to the full extent.
I think we both have valid points, and generally agree that when you visit or move to a place with a different culture/language, it does you good to learn it.
I just think that if you're the minority...you should be the one putting for the effort, or you should expect the bad service and dirty looks.