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Is it okay if two Finnish immigrants, who don't know English, speak French in the US?

 
 
Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 07:02 pm
My two neighbors are too scared to learn English for many reasons regarding stereotypes. Their love of French has made them incorporate the language in their everyday life. I know French, so it's quite easy to converse with them. But they do go to school, and Californians don't know French.
 
oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 07:46 pm

Few people will understand them, unless they happen across a group of people who speak French.

But there will not be any laws against it or anything like that.

The school will probably try to teach them English, and in fact will probably have English classes as required courses.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 07:47 pm
@xxPhoebeMertensxx,
Let their parents and teachers sort that out.
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saab
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 01:46 am
The two Finnish - I guess - immigrant children - do not know English.
That sounds very strange as children in Finland have to learn English at an early start. How come they know French, which is so far from Finland and is only taught as a second or third foreign language, and is spoken by these kids.
Do the parents not speak English and how come they can work in USA if they do not know the language?
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 02:02 am
Having read some other posts by the OP, I suspect that these "Finnish immigrants" may be imaginary, or if not, the OP has got the wrong end of the stick in some way. or we are having our chains yanked.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 02:03 am
@saab,
They are just French from Finland...
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 02:25 am
The OP says they are Japanese in another thread.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2016 02:44 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
There certainly is something strange.
You do not just get a visa for immigration to USA if you do not speak English - in this case the parents.
What does the OP mean by sterotypical education in Finnland? You learn first English and later French.
Yes Finns do speak with a heavy accent as they have difficulties in pronouncing certain sounds - not just in English.
The OP should only speak English with these two teenagers. Refuse to answer when spoken to in French or whatever language.
xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 09:38 am
@Olivier5,
Nope, are you enforcing stereotypes? What's next, they have to like heavy metal, hockey, and gaming?
xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 09:39 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Japanese descent.
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xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 09:41 am
@saab,
How do Latin Americans, especially from Mexico, and Middle Easterns get in here then?
The stereotypical education is learning English, Swedish, and another language, the most popular being German.
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xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 09:42 am
@saab,
That is a stereotype. There are people in finland that only know finnish to avoid stereotypes.
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xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 09:55 am
@oralloy,
They are in California, not Finland.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:09 am
Is this a spoof thread?

I find the whole thing very strange.
xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:09 am
@saab,
They have a heavy accent? Thought they all sounded British.
xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:11 am
@Lordyaswas,
Nope. Just two Finnish immigrants breaking well-known stereotypes that EVERYONE still enforces even though they should show compassion and congratulate them for doing so.
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xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:17 am
@xxPhoebeMertensxx,
Can everyone here stop enforcing stereotypes? It's not like the next day they start speaking in British accents, become intelligent coders, listen to and praise Metallica and AC-DC, buy an Xbox One and start playing Call of Duty, start becoming Star Wars geeks, and watch hockey games.

Finland has stereotypes just like every other country does. It's not like their special in some sort of way.
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xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:18 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Real humans in California. Stop enforcing stereotypes.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:19 am
@xxPhoebeMertensxx,
You apparently have never met any Finnish people , let alone Finnish immigrants.
xxPhoebeMertensxx
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 10:25 am
@ehBeth,
Don't tell me the majority are intelligent individuals who excel in English and computer coding, love heavy metal, hockey, video games, and Star Wars, and have British accents.

That's what Finnish people on the Internet (ex. Youtube, forums, etc) are like.
 

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