was refering to all countries of origins, we have a chinese family here running a restraunt. their english is poor but its getting better every month and we can usually get through to each other. the point is they realize they need to know english and are trying.
personally my wife and i know a smattering of german and a few other languages, not enough to function very well in any of the countries but we do use foriegn words and phrases when talking to each other, especially when we dont want the girls to understand though they seem to catch on fast.
on my moms side of the family im only the third generation off the boat from Norway. i have no problems with ppl looking for a better life here. but my great grand parents learned english and while Norwiegian was spoke alot at home they and their kids learned english as well cause THIS IS AMERICA and not "New Norway"