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Cast Your Vote:

    • Agree -- Votes: 38
    • Disagree -- Votes: 18
    • Undecided -- Votes: 1
Emily Thorne 2 kids; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 26302 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting allison erin:" I want a leather jacket patch that reads: "I will voluntarily learn a foreign language with my family so I can teach my child to be open minded, educated, and appreciate diversity.""


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Emily Thorne 2 kids; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 26302 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting mamaluvsher4babies:" Call me a jerk..but I wouldnt move to another country and expect them to learn my language..I would learn ... [snip!] ... doesnt speak english" WTH!! Yes I was pissed..if your going to have someone working for you Yes they should speak english also"


My parents do not speak Spanish and are legal residents in Guatemala. They stay mostly within an English community. They have never slammed doors in someone's faces, but there have been times they were insulted because someone asked them a question they could not answer.



They both took classes when we first moved here, they just couldn't pick it up. And as an English teacher, I can guarantee you, English isn't an easy language to learn!!

Emily Thorne 2 kids; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 26302 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting Jas ♥:" :!: My husband's grandma can't speak great English and she's not illegal. Hell, some Americans can barely ... [snip!] ... from the time they start school. Knowing two languages isn't a bad thing. If anything, it contributes to well roundedness. "

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Same thing happens here... most Guatemalans understand a certain amount of English. Even the poorest public schools teach it! Either English or French is taught in private schools.

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 26168 posts
status 8th Oct '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" My parents do not speak Spanish and are legal residents in Guatemala. They stay mostly within an English ... [snip!] ... here, they just couldn't pick it up. And as an English teacher, I can guarantee you, English isn't an easy language to learn!! "


It pisses me off that most people don't realize that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. It's all "Oh learn English, it's so easy!" Well obviously they don't know much about their own language or about language acquisition.... it's VERY hard to learn a language as you get older. The whole debate of "Just learn english!" makes me so dang mad!

Emily Thorne 2 kids; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 26302 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I don't really understand why someone would want to live in a country where they couldn't speak or understand the primary language."


Many people want to go to the States to live "the American dream". Yeah, people still believe that's real. Or to work and send money to their families.



My parents work for a church and a volunteer program (they want to help), that's why they live in a country they cannot speak the language.



Learning a new language is not easy... not at all!

Emily Thorne 2 kids; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 26302 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting FroggysMommy:" It pisses me off that most people don't realize that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. ... [snip!] ... it's VERY hard to learn a language as you get older. The whole debate of "Just learn english!" makes me so dang mad!"


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I get annoyed with my students half the time when they don't pick something up after I've explained it and explained it... I have to keep reminding myself that it's not all that easy!

mamaluvsher4babies 36 kids; California 4230 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" My parents do not speak Spanish and are legal residents in Guatemala. They stay mostly within an English ... [snip!] ... here, they just couldn't pick it up. And as an English teacher, I can guarantee you, English isn't an easy language to learn!! "

Oh I know its not an easy langauge to learn...I also know not all i just spanish. The guy could hav e simply said''no english" That I wouldnt have cared, but to slam a door in my face, Ya it pissed me off lol...

Twizzlahs 2 kids; Florida 1685 posts
8th Oct '12

Completely disagree here. No one is forced to learn a language to accommodate illegals...pure stupidity. My fianc

SarahSalmon Due May 16; Japan 217 posts
8th Oct '12

When I move to another country I would love to learn the language-I know it's not easy but that's just me.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12

Well it seems like almost everyone that said agree decided to just vote and pass, and everyone that voted disagree spoke up.

mamaluvsher4babies 36 kids; California 4230 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting bbbt:" Well it seems like almost everyone that said agree decided to just vote and pass, and everyone that voted disagree spoke up. "



not me!!!!!!! LOL..I said what I felt ..I am not scared :)

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting bbbt:" Well it seems like almost everyone that said agree decided to just vote and pass, and everyone that voted disagree spoke up. "


I guess I don't really get it.



I've never heard of anybody trying to force the English speakers to learn another language to accommodate illegals.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12

I think I'm going to have to vote undecided. I think if you immigrate to another country, it is your responsibility to learn that country's native language. However, I don't think there are enough resources for these people to learn English, so I think the focus should be on offering cheap/free English classes. I mean, if I were to move to Spain right now, I don't know a lick of Spanish. I would need a teacher so that I could learn. I couldn't learn by just living there.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" I guess I don't really get it. I've never heard of anybody trying to force the English speakers to learn another language to accommodate illegals."


Well, I guess in some public schools the kids are "forced." In my county, there is a Spanish immersion elementary school where half days are taught in English, and the other half taught in Spanish.

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting bbbt:" I think I'm going to have to vote undecided. I think if you immigrate to another country, it is your ... [snip!] ... now, I don't know a lick of Spanish. I would need a teacher so that I could learn. I couldn't learn by just living there. "


I don't know about that. I have 4 brothers who all speak 2nd languages, which they learned by moving to those countries and just immersing themselves in it.