posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 09:01 PM
As an American I found your post to be funny, but as an Expat Chef it was a but insensitive. I have lived in Moscow for 4 years and then moved to
Portugal, and most recently the Philippines. What makes you think the people who come to America are not trying to learn English? Have you ever
considered that maybe they are afraid to speak up in public the little English they are practicing for fear that a small minded, redneck, insensitive
American might mock them for not speaking properly.
I can say I was the foremost Redneck when I was stateside, demanding all "foreigners" speak English. I never realized how ridiculous of a demand
that is. When I moved to Russia I quickly realized how rude I had been. But whats funny was there were no Russians running around beating there chests
demanding I speak Russian. They were very kind and considerate, helping me to learn the language and not laughing when I didnt pronounce something
right, The positive experience of that helped me to learn Russian very quickly. Now I speak fluent Russian. Married to a Filipina now, I am also
learning to speak Tagalog.
So the next time you run around beating your chest, getting upset over someone not speaking our language, put yourself in the shoes of that person.
Maybe you would feel differently. Cheers mate