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FOR SPANISH - PRESS 2

 
 
Reply Thu 9 Dec, 2010 07:09 pm
One of the largest aggravations of ALL TIME is making a telephone call
to anywhere & hearing the words "for Spanish - press TWO!" This is
something that irritates me deep down in the deepest core of my being;
because IT IS SO TOTALLY/ COMPLETELY WRONG & [email protected]!!
Not only do Spanish & English share the very same alphabet to begin
with, but the transition between these two languages is by far the easiest
out of ALL languages spoken in the entire world. Just stop and consider
the level of difficulty & effort, by comparison, when learning to speak,
read & write English when your original spoken language was Chinese
or Japanese for example!! Even immigrants from Germany, Poland &
Russia ALL eventually had to make the language adjustment (and made
it on their own as well) into speaking English. To see many Mexicans
& Hispanics DISRESPECT our immigration laws & then ALSO expect
to be coddled like babies so they don't even need to learn to speak
the prominent language of the land boggles my mind. I say they DO
need to learn to speak English just like every other immigrant
population has done since the beginning of this melting pot country.
And what does it SAY about our politicians - who not only allow; but
even encourage such blatant laziness and disrespect. Then these
women work as maids in California, and their wealthy clients (who
pay them cheaply) think the USA should give these poor border
jumpers Medicare?? No, I don't think this is fair to the rest of us as
American citizens. Nor to other cultural groups coming here.
They come on in, jump our borders, take jobs from needy Americans,
live wealthy here compared to Mexico, but learning to speak English
is just TOO much to do!! Everyone knows in high school & college
that the easiest language to learn for English speakers is Spanish.
What an insult this is to the myriad of other peoples who've migrated
to the USA from foreign lands; for us to essentially kiss the butts of
Hispanics - welcome them for illegally living here while they can't be
bothered to learn to speak the primary language spoken here.


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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 9 Dec, 2010 07:26 pm
@babsatamelia,
There are several problems with this. First, your English is horrible. I am not complaining. It just made me chuckle given the topic.

The idea that German or Poland or Russian immigrants were different then Spanish immigrants is simply wrong. There were communities of Germans or Italians. At the turn of the century, pretty much any US city had at least one German Newspaper. There were many Germantowns throughout the country, not to mention places for Italians and Russians (Russian is alive and well in neighborhoods of Boston).

Immigrants have generally mastered English by the second or third generation. It is very difficult for older people to learn a new language (not that they shouldn't try). I am curious about how many languages you have learned as an adult.

The claim that the immigrants from last century were much different then today's Hispanic immigrants is completely bogus. The hatred of immigrants hasn't changed either .

Of course Italian experience much of the same hatred that today's Hispanic immigrants are facing. They were blamed for stealing jobs. They were accused of not assimilating and they even had the same claims of gangs and diseases that today's anti-immigrant people are throwing at Hispanics today. Of course, starting with WWI there was a huge backlash toward Germans (including my grandparents). Asians also had suffered some of the worst hatred.

This is bigotry pure and simple. And it is remarkably similar to the bigotry of that our ancestor's from Ireland, Italy and Germany faced.

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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 9 Dec, 2010 07:30 pm
Somebody get me a tissue, you're breakin' my heart..

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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 9 Dec, 2010 07:30 pm
Quote:
for us to essentially kiss the butts of
Hispanics - welcome them for illegally living here while they can't be
bothered to learn to speak the primary language spoken here.


I speak English, but you can still kiss my ass. Wink

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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Thu 9 Dec, 2010 07:52 pm
@babsatamelia,
Goodness, who peed in your wheaties?
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2010 02:53 pm
I suggest that you refrain from pressing 2.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2010 02:57 pm
Among the Hispanic populations in the US, there is a sizable portion whose cultural heritage--which includes the Spanish language--pre-dates the US' appropriation of land where they live, what is now the southwestern part of the country. By taking these lands populated with these peoples, the US effectively made itself, at the very least, a bi-lingual country. This has made it easier for other peoples whose cultural heritage includes the speaking of the Spanish language to continue speaking the language more or less freely in this country.
engineer
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2010 03:25 pm
@babsatamelia,
What part of "For English, Press One" did you miss?
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2010 03:33 pm
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

What part of "For English, Press One" did you miss?
Laughing
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momoends
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 02:17 am
@InfraBlue,
just to reinforce your argument my surname is De Soto, there´s a city named after Hernando De Soto in texas... we got there before
momoends
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 02:21 am
@babsatamelia,
when you call certain public organisms here in spain you can hear for english press two, for french press 3.... it´s just about making things easier for everybody and some signs in the subway stations are translated to 3 lenguages.... get your head out of your ass and stop being so narrow minded
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 05:20 am
@momoends,
You do realise that this thread died back in 2010, don't you?
momoends
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 05:23 am
@Lordyaswas,
yeah but it got me on my nerves
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 05:29 am
@momoends,
Do you think that the situation is getting better or worse than back then?

Over here in the UK, we keep hearing rumours that some moron with a bad wig is thinking of building a wall between Mexico and the USA.

I mean, really?
momoends
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jan, 2016 05:39 am
@Lordyaswas,
i think it´s better now
about that wall... if a turbulent and gelid sea hasn´t stopped people from attempting to reach us territory on rudimentary boats... no wall will
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