I am an American born and bred. Why the hell do I have to press 1 to speak the official language of my country? If you truly want to be an American you should learn and use the language.
Right on! Yolu come to America speak english not spanish, german, korean, chinese, french, or any other language.
Hey i came here from germany and never asked for the german version of something or demanded that it has to written in german. I speak english even to other germans. If you are to lazy to learn english fluently in five years, get your dumb a$$ home!!!!!!
I agree that immigrants should learn English as a second langauge, but the United States doesn't have an official language.
Good one Conny - my aunt came to America as a LEGAL immigrant, she got here when she was 16, and this year (she's 65) will be 25 years as a LEGAL citizen.
If you come to America the LEGAL way, you do learn the language!
Good point about the legal deal. I realize that many people that come here leagally do all that they have to to become a citizen, and they don't deserve the bad rap that they get from those that can't even obey the laws (another story another time) and I also realize that it takes time to learn a language.
Here's a thought for the people that don't want to admit "English" is our language:
WHAT LANGUAGE WAS OUR CONSTITUTION WRITTEN IN???
There's nothing to admit. English is obviously the language spoken in America and, as I said, immigrants should learn it. I was just saying that the United States has not technically specified an "official" language.
I am so glad that people agree with me. I am so sick and tired of hearing spanish everywhere i go. What i dont get is how you can live in a country for 10-15years and dont understand what the people around you are saying. Are my kids supposed to learn a foreign language, in the country where they are born and raised, just because of a bunch of people who came here to mooch of our goverment.
Yes i am a legal alien, i do speak english , i have health and life insurance. i dont need goverment assistance
I feel that if you come legally, bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos, welcome to the United States, but if you come illegally get your arse back across that Rio Grande you da** idiots and try it legally.,
Doesn't anyone realize who placed the option there to press a number for a specific language? Doesn't anyone realize that it wasn't a legal or an illegal immigrant who demanded it? I mean come on who here thinks they have that kind of power? It was the company executives who decided to add the option. Being accesible to a larger audience means more business, more money. So if you are pissed off because you have to press 1 for english send a letter to the CEO of the company you called and ask them to remove it. Good luck! heh...
and just don't press 1 if you don't like it...I guess I've just lived in Florida too long to notice. I enjoy listening to other languages, they're interesting.
PS. It must be really nice for these English-loving citizens that most contries visited by Americans work so hard to learn English in anticipation of your visit, as not to inconvenience you.
Language is no respecter of political boundaries. Fact of the matter is that the USA is in region in which the dominant language is Spanish, not English. With Hispanics now representing the largest minority, surely it can't be that much of jump to realize that the US is slowly becoming bilingual, whether we like it or not. The notion of an 'official' language is a political fiction; in a country like Suriname for example, the official language is Dutch, but most of its citizens speak other languages, like Sranan. In continents like Africa, Europe and Asia, multilingualism is a norm. Really, people, let's get real.
Wow it's nice to see that we are not all stereotypical Americans who insist in remaining ignorant of the rest of the world.
I love all peoples and some of my best friends have been Mexicans. I love my country and and since it was a nation buiolt on laws, I expect people here to obey them. That means getting here legally. America is the greatest place in the world to live but not without her flaws. English was spoken here from the beginning of our country, it is our language. When you come here and gain citizenship, you are not an African American, A Mexican American or a German American, You are an American. You came here for what this great country has to offer yet you want to use the term hyphenated American. If you live here and love this country, You are an American period. That's what made this country great. I've been around the world and have seen how others live and believe me, and I'm sure you know it. There's no place like the good old USA.
As I have stated, I agree that anyone who lives in America should learn English, especially for their own benefit. But in regards to wingman's previous post, I don't believe that you lose your previous identity by becoming an American. My friend grew up with duel citizenship from Italy and Chile and just married an American. English is his third language and he's thrilled that he's becoming an American citizen, but he's not going to denounce his Italian and Chilean heritage. Some people are very proud of being "hyphenated", it's part of the journey.
wingman, i believe that you are in danger of conflating political identity with cultural or ethnic identity. While all persons who hold US citizenship may be politically described as "American", that doesn't incorporate, nor does it reflect a particular identify, such as African American or Asian American, which people are entitled to so they choose. Secondly, your position completely ignores the fact that for much of the history of the USA, there were minorities (notably African Americans) who were systematically denied their humanity, much less their citizenship. In other words, they were not considered "American". The recognition of black people as equal citizens was something they struggled for, not something that was given to them. Accordingly, do you think it is any surprise that they wish to self identify as African Americans, as opposed to the bland, homogeneous term "American"? Finally, the term American as applied to US citizens is actually offensive to those of us who come from other parts of the Americas.
Do you know why english was spoken here? In the "begining"? How about American HISTORY. We all came from imigrants.
No we didn't all come from immigrants. Perhaps you might wish to ask Native American Indians whether they consider that their descendants were "immigrants" or African Americans, for that matter. English is spoken in the USA, simply as an accident of history: colonization by Britain. Finally, history is a plural discourse: there is one single history of America, but histories. In other words, different people have different perspectives of history; certainly, persons of historic privilege are likely to have a different perspective than persons who've been historically persecuted (in the same country).
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