Wednesday, October 10, 2007


OOOOOOO WEEEEE! The United States of America as a whole does not have an official language. Hard to believe, but true! We assume and use English de facto, and our founding documents are written in the language of the Brits, but no where is it stated as the one true official language of the entire land! WHOA! That's kind of weird ain't it?! Individual states have made English their official language like California, but it doesn't seem to be putting a stop to the massive use of one particular language in my home state at all! Gee, I wonder which language?

Some general thoughts from others I randomly found on the Net on this hot politically divisive issue

-I am sick and tired of encountering people in my country with whom I cannot communicate. And, so, I enrolled in Spanish at my local community college and am loving it.

-why do people always assume that immigrants don't try to learn English? I know lots of immigrants and they're all trying to learn the language. It just takes time is all. Instead of ranting about it, the next time you meet an immigrant struggling with English, maybe try and help them assimilate instead of judging them and assuming that they don't speak the language.

-I cancelled my Sears Credit card because I'm disgusted every time I go into Sears and Kmart and hear store announcements in Spanish and see all the signs in Spanish. What incentive is there to learn to speak English if foreigners are catered to? I agree that we need our immigration policy overhauled so we can admit immigrants LEGALLY into America.

-What is it about the word "illegal" that is not understood?I favor English only. If someone wishes to speak his or her native tongue that is fine; however, voting, driver licenses , school....English only.

-I sick to death of having someones religion, foreign culture and foreign language shoved in my face day after day after day.

-As long as they also speak, write, and read English fluently, there's no problem if someone wants to speak Spanish to another Spanish speaker.

-Spanish is the language of poverty in the US.

-If your here, learn to speak English. You can speak what ever you like with friends, family and at home. I'm tired of having all my house hold products written in both English and Spanish.

-We're about 30 years too late for this discussion. The United States of America has been invaded and our culture is being forcibly changed. All great civilizations fall. Its the price we pay for not getting our hands dirty.

-My first language is Spanish. But I do speak English, I do not use any of the "Spanish" forms for voting, driving exams etc. etc. We speak Spanish at home, and I speak Spanish with my child, if alone or with family. It is a home language. But this is AMERICA AND THE OFICIAL LANGUAGE SHOULD BE ENGLISH, IF WE WANT TO BE CITIZENS AND INTEGRATE WE SHOULD SPEAK, WRITE AND READ ENGLISH. If some people do not like it they can go back home. No one called them to begin with.

-Only in America are people stupid enough to let others come into their country and tell them what language to speak.

-Why should have have to press 1 for English? Why does the DMV have driver's tests in English AND Spanish? But not in German or Japanese? My friend Immigrated (LEGALLY) from Russia and she had to learn English to take her driving test.

-Angry Americans do not mind people speaking spanish or any other language, they get mad when they are forced to pay (through tax dollars) for the government forms, literature & ballots to be printed in spanish. And to pay for education costs for english as a second language

-I am so sick an tired of hearing how the U.S. is responsible for other countries being in debt and therefore we must destroy our country by letting these people in and having them change ours.

-I am sick of the Media and local governments referring to them as "Immigrants"!! If they are an Illegal Alien and came here illegally, they should be called what they really are..Criminals!!

-I'm getting sick & tired of everyone speaking Spanish around me. Those that don't mind obviously don't live in a place like San Diego, where we have been flooded by illegals for over 20 years. I can't go into my local Wal-Mart without hearing ads over the loud speakers spoken in Spanish, and I live in the very northern part of San Diego. These people are responsible for more thefts, burglaries, drunk driving arrests. Of course, in the drunk driving arrests, they don't have a drivers license, insurance, etc. so the state is responsible, once again, for their care.It has gotten so totally out of control, it is time for someone to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! Those that don't oppose to things like this, aren't affected by it. Our jails are overfilled every day, our criminal justice system is at a breaking point, our prisons are at a breaking point, the gang problems, etc. All of this stems from the influx of illegals. Now, some law enforcement agencies are making it a requirement that their officers speak Spanish. That is not right!! Why should they have to speak a foreign language in their own country? If these illegals can't read English and they are driving without a drivers license ... how do they know what a road sign says? How do they know when a sign says "Slow ... accident ahead" This is the United States of America, I am tired of having to push a button on my telephone just because I want to talk to someone in English. Why should I have to do that? I shouldn't!!Why are we BENDING OVER BACKWARDS for these people?? Our government is responsible for allowing these people to take over the country and THEY ARE THE ONES TO STOP IT AND STOP IT NOW!!getting it off my chest

-The point is this. They should NOT have the language of the illegals on their phone system. It just encourages more illegals to come here. Keep the phone systems 100% english!

-I'm American and Fuck people who don't want to learn American English.

- Spanish people are great. The ones that bother to learn English.

- Learn to speak english and to spell correctly.....taco breath.

- Learn English or be doomed to spend your life asking, "Do you want fries with that?"


-The reason why they are allowing them to enter the U.S. is lower the wages and destroy the middle class. This whole thing is about consolidating power, the people that actually run this country(the CFR and others) just want there to be Rich and Poor people they don't want a middle class. I wish people would wake up and realize what is going on here.

- Well, the thought that Mexicans are taking over is scary. After all, Mexico a poor, corrupt and lawless shithole.


- Learn to speak English (official language of the USA) you turd world fucks or leave! Comprende!?

- Learn English assholes!

-OK some people are saying that there is no law about English being the official language. Well let's just look at the language of all the documents written since we became a country. Guess English wins by default, and on phone calls let them press one for there language. We are North America and we speak English, don't like it MOVE, I'm sure your native country would take you back.

-It's not my responsibility to learn a language for a bunch of free loaders who are here illegally! I'm already paying for them, why should I learn to talk like them too!

-Having lived in Los Angeles, I drove down the streets and many times could not read the billboards because they weren't in ENGLISH! I knew then it was time to leave. Thank goodness I left!

Well more thanks to Columbus and crew for starting this mess! HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVERYBODY!



Todd said...

These posts of yours are scary. The kind of mentality some people have is very upsetting. I'm amazed at the ones who say that the Spanish language is changing our country. Good grief! The English language changed this country. Otherwise it would still be a country of many tongues, Navajo, Cherokee, Iriquois, and all those others. The Brits were the invaders; English was the foreign language.

BTW, my city planning instructor is British and he's always going off on how we don't really speak English here, just a fascimile.

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M- Filer said...

I don't know, all these remarks sound really racist to me. What the fuck is so terrible about seeing a sign in Spanish or encountering a non-english speaking person. Who gives a shit, just don't talk to them if you can't understand what they are saying. The VAST majority speak to one of them.

Loren Soth said...

In an ironic twist of the American Mindset of Stupidity... Spanish and English are European langauges.... uh... duh!!!

Yet people fustration is that of identity. Language for the longest time has been a source of cultural identity. Germans speak German, Italians speak Italian, U.S. Born blacks murder the enlish langauage, etc... Unfortunately, Spainish has become synomous with the illegal mexican immigrants. This is probably why Medievil Times uses an English accent with its show (The era and knight are from Spain!) cause people would think there mexicans. You think we are upset, how do you think the proud people of Spain feel when their language is assocaited with that country of low lives!

A secondary reasons why people are upset ius because it is really inconvenient to have seven or six signs in every lanaguge. If you can't choose one oh well. America needs to choose an official legal and trade language and that's that.

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Scot said...

In its founding days, German almost became America's prevailing language. Imagine that, we could all be conversing in German right now....
As for not having an official language, that's rather on purpose. I heard a radio excerpt of Hillary Clinton addressing this. If English was made the official language of the US, ALL documents would have to be in English. We could not print ballots or other documents in other languages (Spanish, Portugese, Manderin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Tagolog, Russian- I've seen these all in Southern California). Consequently, English is seen as the prevalent language rather than being made official by law.
And in regards to Todd's comment:

alexgirl said...

once again, you are a fountain of information. thanks Wat! muy bueno!

Crazy Eddie said...

You know, I'm personally tired of trying to bend myself so someone can understand what I want at the corner store. I completely understand that learning a language can take some time, but jeez, why does it feel like my ancestors learned much quicker??

As a Latino, I myself experience frustration dealing with someone who calls my school and begins to ask questions in Spanish without ever asking the person who picks up the phone if they speak Spanish.

There are plenty of ESL classes (English Second Language) classes here in Brooklyn, but it seems that hardly any Mexican or South American seems to want to take the class.

At least say hi to me in English... that's all I'm asking for.

Love ya kid.