Do you feel all Foreign people in the US must learn English, or does it bother you when folks say so
They should, since English the official language. They need it to communicate throughout the world. It does not bother me at all. People should learn it if they come here. If I were to move to Italy, I would have to learn Italian.
Yes, helllooooo, this is America and the official language is English. Yes, anyone who immigrates to America permanently should learn English. This is totally self-explanatory!
I have no problem with people speaking their native tongue, and no I don't believe that they are automatically talking about me...SMILE...
Interestingly enough, did you know that legally the United States actually has no official language? And that English is just the most common language?
It is quite elementary in its premise. Of course, people who immigrate permanently to the United States must learn English. Those who refuse to learn English are at an economic disadvantage, especially in the dominant culture where there is the most business & economic opportunities. If one immigrates to the United States permanently & refuse to learn English but elect to use his/her native language, h/she will be segregated in his/her cultural milieu where there are less business & other economic opportunities. Also, if h/she has children, the children will be at a disadvantage, especially academically. Yes, keep one's native culture & language but also learn English.
If I went to a foreign country, I would try to learn their language. I even try to learn Spanish, as I live in S Ca.
Why are they here, if they don't want to learn English, it is to their benefit to learn it?
After the pre-teen years the brain has already cemented in how language works and that makes it very difficult for some adults and older children to actually learn new languages.
I know I was a teen who had a hard time in schol with either French or Spanish. Many other countries begin teaching multiple languages at a early age...
Does that mean that you can't or shouldn't even try?
I do believe those who come to the United States should learn English. I also think everyone in the United States should learn at least one other Language. In Europe most learn to speak 4 or 5 languages and this allows them to travel all over Europe and elsewhere without encountering language barriers. Also there are many languages that are similar to one other and so while communication might not be perfect in some areas, most will understand with the assistance of hand gestures.
English should be a language used in the US, though I will not go as far as to assert it should be the only one. We may all be different here, yet we do need some common ground.
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