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justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
4th Jul '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" I believe this goes for English speakers, as well. So many people demand to be spoken to in English, but it wont kill someone to learn another language, imo."


Meh - I think the issue is for families like mine. I am 1st generation. My mom didn't speak English until she went to school. The area she grew up in has a high concentration of people that spoke her native language, but they had the RESPECT & love for the country they moved to that they felt it was only right to learn teh predominant language of where they MOVED to versus try to get people that live there to learn their language. I am nto sure how else to explain it. The ONLY native language(s) would be native ones....and for hundreds of years now, people have spoken their own languages at home, but been willing to come together through a COMMON form of communication. having everyone be able to speak in the same language is seen as a form of solidarity. I am all for making it as easy as possible for people to learn English, but I do think it seems a bit like you don't WANT to be part of the overall culture when you refuse to even try to learn the language that is the predominantly language of the country. Pride in your heritage is important. It does NOT mean you need to speak a different language to hold onto it & it has to be balanced with some level of also wanting to be part of the culture of the pace you moved to, otherwise, why bother living there? I can also promise you, in areas like mine, far from the Mexican border, if you don't speak English, you don't get a job as anything more than a migrant worker. So anyone who doesn't learn English is limiting themselves severely geographically. (Honestly though, there is NO ONE coming to MI looking for a job these days).

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49343 posts
status 4th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" Meh - I think the issue is for families like mine. I am 1st generation. My mom didn't speak English ... [snip!] ... is limiting themselves severely geographically. (Honestly though, there is NO ONE coming to MI looking for a job these days)."</blockquote>




So perfectly said. I've Always noticed myself that the older generations in general are so much more respectful, harder workers, kinder people. Yet the kids like 3-4 generations in don't appreciate what was done for them to be here and what their family sacrificed.



It's opposite here though language wise, you have a hard time getting any job if you can't speak Spanish. It's funny how different it is in places sometimes.

Gone 17 kids; Miami, FL, United States 15414 posts
5th Jul '13

It doesn't surprise me at all. The Philadelphia, NJ, NY area has a very large Puerto Rican population along with many other Hispanic groups. My SO and son are fully bilingual and I love it. I wish I was able to speak two languages fluently.

RMRE+J Mama 5 kids; Delaware 62 posts
5th Jul '13

Doesn't surprise me and I don't care. I wish I'd learned Spanish, it would be much more useful to me than French. But Spanish just wasn't a necessary skill where I grew up in KY, the only people who spoke Spanish were laborers on farms and I had very little contact with them despite growing up on a farm with them myself.



Now living in Dullaware and with close contact to Philadelphia and NJ, it would be much more useful. I've picked up some and adapted it from French, but it's not very good. I'm making sure my children know at least enough Spanish to get them through everyday situations.



Like it or not, Spanish is a reality and one that's here to stay. I say better to adapt to it than to complain about it. Those who adapt will do fine. Those who want to sit back and complain and try to change it will not.

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20924 posts
5th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" Meh - I think the issue is for families like mine. I am 1st generation. My mom didn't speak English ... [snip!] ... is limiting themselves severely geographically. (Honestly though, there is NO ONE coming to MI looking for a job these days)."</blockquote>



Yea, it is ridiculous when people refuse to learn or speak English :? At least try, fuck. My SO's parents never bothered even though they've been here years :roll:

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49343 posts
status 5th Jul '13

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5th Jul '13
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Gone 17 kids; Miami, FL, United States 15414 posts
5th Jul '13
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Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
5th Jul '13

This reminds me that I need to start learning spanish already so N can pick it up....*sigh*

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20924 posts
5th Jul '13
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