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Good morning Darren :)

Unfortunately no, hence why us American's who do speak English, have to press 1 every time we call somewhere. I wish everyone had to speak English, but I don't know if that will ever happen.

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G'morn CJ; kinda got my butt handed to me last night.Answered a question, kinda went like this girl asks " what language should I study to get a bilingual job here in the states" or that's how I perceived it...
I'm second gen. Hispanic we had to assimilate. I found racism in the us in my childhood & certainly my mother being caucasian got it as well. We were taught Spanish but were told to only use it at home or with Family.
My Grandmother never spoke a lick of english she lived a long healthy life..
So I said down the lines " I think it should be illegal in the us to discriminate same qualifications one person could even have more seniority but lose out to a person just because they don't speak say Spanish." well personally I think that's wrong. English is Americas language
If you choose to live here learn it...
I think it is pathetic that people come here and do nothing to learn it and expect the USA to accommodate them, have you been to DMV so many languages Printed for drive manuals. how do you drive if you can't read the signs.
I know if I would have only spoke Spanish as a child I'd been a outcast.
I believe in nondiscrimination for American workers as I guess others DON'T. I feel so strongly because of my own personal discrimination throughout my life and think no American should have to go through what I have....
I said "other countries don't accommodate English language you learn it or your on your own basically"
I guess I should have specified in touristy places abroad you'd find plenty of people how could help you. But I was shot down. Saying "I was wrong second languages are great" I agree with that.just not for American employment it's discrimination!!!! We all know English is Americas language.
Anyway I Researched it googling it world population only 27% can converse in English. And English as first language between 3% up to 9%
world wide. Out of some 6.6 Billion people, so I would disagree that you could travel abroad any where and find people who speak our native tung.
No as far as learning English this is what our government has to say about it I googled it...I asked do you have to speak English to become American it said yes...with exception with age..
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any of the above apply to you, get legal counsel before filling out your application.
Do I Have To Know How To Speak and Write English?
Yes, (unless you meet certain age and residency exemptions or you are physically unable to do so and are granted a waiver by the INS) your spoken and written English will be tested. You will also need to pass a basic test on U.S. history and government. However, if you are more than 50 years old and have been a permanent resident for 20 years OR you are more than 55 years old and have been a permanent resident for 15 years, you may take the test on U.S. history and government in your own language.

If you are at least 65 years old and have been a permanent resident for 20 years, you may be permitted to take a simplified test on U.S. government and history in your own language.

You may choose to be tested at your INS interview or before your interview at an approved English and citizenship test site. Call Catholic Charities at 523-3755, ext. 2608 for information on how to register for the English and Citizenship test in the New Orleans area.

So am I wrong Cj.? I can take it..
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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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yes my dad became one you also have to live in the US. for a certain time and answer questions

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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that was long ummmm. no problem?? I kinda got lost in the comment
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did you write that comment for everyone?
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absolutely

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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i dont think so, i see alot of people here who arent from the US and are american citizens . although, not knowing english would get hard . i recommend learning .

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I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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what are you talking about ? bash you? what? i just said what i THOUGHT . i said " i dont THINK so " i didnt know it was that serious to you . i speak spanish & english too o.O
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im confused . nvm .
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Sorry dazed and confused, lol...
Not that serious to me but put up that thought after someone else posted,
" studying other languages for employment in the states " the answers were absurd. If you live I'n America you speak the National language. You have to learn English &
U.S. History to become a citizen with the exception of the elderly . Sorry to have confused you, maybe it was I that was confused with your answer. As thought is, the product of mental activity; that which one thinks: a body of thought.

No harm no foul, thanks for the thought.
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It would be nice if u did. English is the official language.

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Technically the united states does not have an official language.
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You'd be surprised how many people don't know that.
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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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I agree if we all don't speak a common language we loose our heritage and connection to each other. I think it's ok however if u just moved here and u are old. But if ur young then u must learn it but may have a second or third language.
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of course you need to speak American how else you gonna work. oh wait, you're probably not

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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You don't have to speak English, But some other people don't understand other languages so it'd be hard to communicate with them,but English is the main language you probeley need to know.

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I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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you need to speak to the officials to get a visa. What are you gonna do about it? bring your translator? lol

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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You seem to have command of our official language with the way you formed the question

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Thank you, I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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Howdy and yes

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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I so didnt read that, much to long if you could sum that up in like a sentance thatd be great :3
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Come on Chris didn't your parents teach you to read an hour a day?

Ok readers digest version.

Agree'd.... How's that? Know I now how to as answer you. Lol..
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Haha, and no i told my mom i wanted a book and she said "You want a book? Im suprised you can read" I dont read often, a lot of texts :p and agreed :3
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yes,

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Correct.. I did know this just kinda of wondering what others thought?
I Answered a question Re: bilingual
Employment in the US. I think it's discrimination. I was harassed about my beliefs. I think there's no room in our society for catering to people who come to our Great Country and refuse to learn our language... As a 2nd generation Hispanic I speak English as my first language as I am a proud American. But also speak Spanish, I rarely use it in public other than maybe playing around at a Mexican restaurant. I think it's great to keep my
or other heritages alive but do that at home... If we let other languages invade our country, what happens to our heritage? It is law that to become an American you must pass a history test and speak English except in cases of the elderly..
To say that language has never been a major force in American history or politics, however, is not to say that politicians have always resisted linguistic jingoism. In 1753 Benjamin Franklin voiced his concern that German immigrants were not learning English: "Those [Germans] who come hither are generally the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation .... they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not, in My Opinion,
History teaches a plain lesson about language and governments: there is almost nothing the government of a free country can do to force its citizens to use certain languages in preference to others.
be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." Theodore Roosevelt articulated the unspoken American linguistic-melting-pot theory when he boomed, "We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." And: "We must have but one flag. We must also have but one language. That must be the language of the Declaration of Independence, of Washington's Farewell address, of Lincoln's Gettysburg speech and second inaugural."
So I'll leave it at that..
Go ahead and bash me, and all that have fought and died for our great
Flag and Our American Heritage...
Thx. Darren
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omg :)
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just like my mom would always say " Welcome to America, Now speak ENGLISH!!!!"

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My father and I were both born in the states. His mother & father were both from Mexico. My grandparents never spoke a lick of English,so my father was bilingual and could write in Spanish to.
So when my father had his children he wanted us to Speak English in public only. He said we must assimilate and I thought he was right. at the time no one spoke Spanish in public. I travel weekly for my job just in the states. And the only place I find people I can use my Spanish with is an occasional Spanish restaurant or a McDonald's employee. So long story short I believe your right, English is Americas language and I hope it stays that way..
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