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Refusing to learn the language: is this fair to her children?


The family of my son's friend are from Mexico and have lived here approximately seven years. The father speaks a little English, the kids speak it well, but the mother speaks none; in fact she refuses to learn it. In conversation, she has the kids translate for her. Is this fair to her children to be put on the spot whenever she has to speak with school personnel or even cashiers at a store? And what will this lady do once her children are grown and have lives of their own? (I know if I wanted to immigrate to Mexico I'd have to learn and be able to speak Spanish before becoming a citizen.)

 

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Thanks win-winresources. Excellent observations.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    tsmog, that scenario is a little scary and you're a quite brave person! Thanks for sharing.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    That is awesome, lies15858! This lady simply refuses to learn English, and that is so sad she looks down on becoming bilingual. It certainly sounds like it opened many doors for you!

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Robert, you're right. I don't understand her stubbornness. I have a friend from Korea that speaks good English and learned from listening to others. If I move to another country, I'd be doing myself a favor to learn the official language, you know?


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    fpherj48, the children have encouraged her but they say their mother says Spanish is a superior language. So, I don't know what they could try to compel her.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Very curious indeed, Annsalo, thanks for sharing. This lady, from what the kids say, just refuses to learn English as she says Spanish is the superior language.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 3 years ago

    Sheila, so true!