Speak Our Language
I am probably going to anger a few of my friends and family with this hub, but I feel God has put me in a place to write it. I hope you all will read this through before making a judgement call. Put yourself in my shoes and maybe, just maybe you will be able to understand the plight of many.
I lived in the Midwest United States for many years. Meatpacking was and is one of the "top jobs" in many of the towns there. My Mom worked for Hormel for years and I worked many different meatpacking jobs. I did everything from cutting beef to kill floor and clean-up. For years these jobs were mainly done by young, Caucasian men. Most of the jobs were union, and pay was good. There was the problem, the unions were "breaking" the companies and strike after strike came. With strikes come scabs and the scabs came. What is a scab? The definition of a scab is:
A strikebreaker (sometimes derogatorily called a scab) is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. Strikebreakers are usually individuals who are not employed by the company prior to the trade union dispute, but rather hired prior to or during the strike to keep production or services going. "Strikebreakers" may also refer to workers (union members or not) who cross picket lines to work.
The majority of scabs were of Mexican descent and did not know English. That made people hate them even more. They took the jobs and couldn't even speak our language.
Here it is 2014 and many towns in the Midwest are inundated with Mexican people. Walk into any meatpacking plant and you won't hear English being spoke, just Spanish.
I hear family and friends always saying, "Why can't they speak our language, they live in the U.S. now?" I even wondered the same at times, but I feel God has shown me. Maybe it would help if we learned some Spanish.
We all need to work and feed our families; it doesn't matter what language you speak, you will do what you need to to survive.
I can hear you all screaming and yelling at the Frog right now! What got into Froggy? Has he finally lost his mind?
Well, maybe I have or just maybe I have opened it a bit further.
I moved here to Puerto Rico and now I face some of the same discrimination that Mexicans do in the Midwest.
"He lives in Puerto Rico, why can't he speak Spanish?"
In many places I feel out of place. It is hard to order at a fast food place. It's difficult buying gas, but I'm learning.
English is taught in school here, but many don't want to learn it. It's the same in the United States, many don't want to learn Spanish.
I'm asking you my friends and family; give 'em a break. It's harder than you think. English is one of the hardest languages to learn anyway. Almost all other languages are based off Latin, but not English. It is actually easier for us to learn Spanish than Latins to learn English.
How about we all try to learn a bit more? You are never to old.
Someone once told me that if you haven't learned something new today, it's a wasted day.
Look at it another way if need be: at least you will know if they are talking bad about you.
Well, with that, I am going to leave you with some of the Spanish words you should know if you visit a Spanish speaking country. We will count to twenty first and then some of those important words.
Let's wipe out prejudice! We all live together on this small planet and we are all God's creation. Why are we going to let language differences cause so much hate?
Count To Twenty
Now you can count to twenty, so you can order a combo-meal at McDonalds.
Important Words In Spanish
These are all words I have found to be very important while here in Puerto Rico:
- Bathroom-cuarto de baño
- Food-comida, alimento
- Thank You-gracias
- To go-ir
- Please-por favor
- How much does it cost?-cuanto cuesta?
- I want-quiero
- Help me-Ayudame
I would recommend carrying a Spanish/English dictionary. Keep in mind that words do vary from Spanish speaking countries, but for the most part you can get by.
I have also discovered that on-line translations can really "mess you up". After translating, try translating it back and you will probably find some screw ups, so be very careful using Google translate or any others.
The video below is another helper and there are many more out there. Good luck and Que Dios los bendiga( May God bless you! ).
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2011 Greg Boudonck
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