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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]It's not a melting pot thing, its a too easy to not do it thing
    easy? I wouldn't say that... especially if you're old.
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    Quote[/b] ]My brother in law knows of a mexican who has lived here 19 years who can't speak English. It's evident he doesn't want to.
    now THAT is what annoys me. sure, I was 11 but I pretty much knew enough english after one year to do pretty much anything (if not I could just ask)
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    Quote[/b] ]Do you live in the country?
    who me? not really. I wouldn't say it's the city... but it's definately not the country.
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    Quote[/b] ]Tien, je parle le francais. Je veux a apprendre le francais, parce il est offert a ma lycee. Je suis heureux que je apprende il. Peut-etre il serai utile dan la futur!
    et je suis tres heureux parce que je te comprende! maybe i'm not doomed yet :P
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    There is one main language. Everything is printed in English, and business is conducted that way. I really don't see that we're all that inconvenienced by bilingual signs. We need to realize we have enourmously long borders with Spanish, and some French speakers. The areas near there are going to have more native Spanish speakers, and there's nothing wrong with reasonably accomodating that.

    However, I have no problem with an English requirement for citizenship, though. It makes sense. And it is weird to mandate taking Spanish. They ought to have a choice, though if they only have the facility to teach one, Spanish is a good choice.

    I wish I took Spanish instead of French in high school. It woudl come in handy way more often. That was one of the dumbest decisions I made, not because there's anything wrong with French, but I run into about 100 times more Spanish speakers than French.

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    Accomodate them? Why? Do other countries accomodate people with little lingual and cultural knowledge? Not usually. Just allowing them to move here for (usually) a better life outta be enough of an incentive to learn. Everything is printed in English but Spanish as well, I don't want to flip through the Spanish. I am not in the wrong for only knowing English in America.

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    I think copper hit it on the head multiple times. I agree somethings are made to "easy" almost everything that is sold here in southern california is in spanish. I have a friends whos own mother can't speak english yet shes lived her for over 10 years. I mean she can say a few greetings and stuff but she can't read it. thats not fair to her or "us"
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    I didn't know that people were being forced to learn Spanish. Here in PA you can't learn a second language until you are in highschool. I'd much rather take Japanese but it's not available in my district. But Spanish is a really useful thing to know. I'm just taking Spanish because 1, I don't have to do a graduation project if I pass all 4, 2 it will look really good on my resume, 3 I know a few people that speak Spanish and it'd be cool to have whole conversations in a different language. Plus, I've heard that Spanish is extremely easy to learn. I agree, though I've only been in the course for like...11 weeks. But yeah I don't see why anyone should be FORCED to learn Spanish. But, people that move here from another language speaking country should learn English. I agree with that fully. What's the point of being in a country where you can't understand anyone?
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    Think about it! How stupid would it sound to say you live in England but can't speak English? Why should America be different? Or in Spain but can't speak Spanish, I sure would feel terribly dumb to go to Spain and know what I know in Spanish.(nothing)

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    Alphawolf, A voila! Mon frere a la langue de francais ici! Il est tres magnifique a vois un personne que parle le francais aussi! Qu'on parle le francais aussi ici? Et-tu? Et-tu? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    lol... je ne parle pas le francais... je soulement(?) comprende il un peut. je... necesitere??... lire plus francais.
    I took two years of french but the second year we switched to block scheduling and we went too fast for comfort. I'd probably have taken more years if we hadn't switched to block scheduling. and that was what seems like a LOONG time ago so I've forgotten 70% of what I learned already :P I'm going to try to read in french... I just wish there was a french channel or something. TV really helps when learning another language.
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