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Cast Your Vote:

    • Agree -- Votes: 38
    • Disagree -- Votes: 18
    • Undecided -- Votes: 1
FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 27512 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!! "


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!

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

user banned Due May 16; Japan 238 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.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" 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."


I don't have a knack for languages. I grew up in a German and English speaking household and I can't speak German. I mean, I know certain phrases/words, but am certainly not fluent. I would need an actual teacher, every day.

SpaceCowgirl Due December 21; 3 kids; Oregon 20240 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting bbbt:" 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. "


My husband wants our kids to go to a local Spanish immersion school. But my husband speaks Spanish so I want him to just teach our kids Spanish.

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 22168 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" 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."


Yeah, this is how most do it. I don't think it's the governments responsibility to teach immigrants english, that has to be their responsibility.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting Spencer Pratt:" Yeah, this is how most do it. I don't think it's the governments responsibility to teach immigrants english, that has to be their responsibility. "


Adults, or kids too? Because we teach child immigrants English in school.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
8th Oct '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" That's what we do here in most private schools... I think it's wonderful!! "


From what I've heard, it's a huge success.