Welcome To America - Now Speak English  

xx_44DD_xx 51F
304 posts
9/14/2005 9:58 am

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Welcome To America - Now Speak English

Yesterday, I was LIVID!!

We have gardeners who come once a week, right? It's not rocket science here folks. It's pulling the mower out of their trailer and pushing it.

I smile and wave, they smile and wave, we all live happily ever after, right?

WRONG!!!!!!!!

For some completely unknown reason yesterday, they pull these large garbage cans up to my walkway. *confused look* I'm thinking, was there liter in my yard or something?

So, I go out front to see a DISASTER AREA!!

All of my daylilies (that look like the blog picture) have been pulled!! These line my whole driveway up to my house. There are approx 24 plants.

I was screaming "What are you doing? Noooo, stop it!!"

The guys turn around to look at me with a huge smile "No-a speak-a Engleesh."

I am all for America being a melting pot. I love it.... come one, come all but..... could you AT LEAST learn our language?

(the landscaping company is coming back today to plant 24 new daylilies btw)

Even at a drive-thru...... ANY drive-thru? It's like a pre requisite that you either mumble or don't speak english.

Am I the only one confused by this?

My childrens homework pages? The front is English, the back is Spanish.

WTF?


rm_Screw696969 41M/37F

9/14/2005 7:51 pm

AMEN! I take it as a HUGE slap in the face to come here and not even ATTEMPT to conform. Then again, with the way that America accommodates the Spanish language (for example how you were saying that your children's homework pages are) doesn't give others much incentive to even TRY to learn English. We need to stop accommodating other languages! It seems to just encourage a language barrier. Ok I'm gonna stop there. I could go on and on about this but the subject just makes my blood boil. Anyway, you're not alone.


MVGirl1 49F
92 posts
9/14/2005 8:28 pm

xx_44DD_xx ~ i agree 200%! i used to work in an insurance office, and 9 think 80% of our customers were non english speaking! talk about frustrations! OMFG! it was like pulling teeth just to get a simple ans. not to mention the fact that they would say yes to a question you asked that should have been ans. no to, and vice versa! i always say, you live in MY country, you speak MY language. they would expect that of us when we are in their country right? you live in the USA, you MUST learn the friggin language, or pack your bag and get on the next boat back to your country!


MVGirl1 49F
92 posts
9/14/2005 8:31 pm

xx_44DD_xx ~ i agree 200%! i used to work in an insurance office, and 9 think 80% of our customers were non english speaking! talk about frustrations! OMFG! it was like pulling teeth just to get a simple ans. not to mention the fact that they would say yes to a question you asked that should have been ans. no to, and vice versa!

hell, even the medical forms i get are in english and spanish. not to mention the fact that any piece of equipment you buy. that has directions: tv, vcr, dvd, remotes, cd players, watches, etc, are in multiple languages!

i always say, you live in MY country, you speak MY language. they would expect that of us when we are in their country right? you live in the USA, you MUST learn the friggin language, or pack your bag and get on the next boat back to your country!


rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/14/2005 9:20 pm

Welcome to America, where Americans are quickly becoming the minority. Here in New Mexico we are officially a bi-lingual state. It annoys the hell out of me too. Money that could be used for all the kids in school is being spent to teach english as a second language. Well, I've sat in on some of those classes and they are mostly nothing but a glorified baby-sitting class. I recently got some coupons mailed to my house from Procter & Ganble. They were all printed in spanish. I called the company and spent about 15 minutes chewing them out for "assuming" that everyone in this state spoke spanish.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.


rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
9/14/2005 9:49 pm

i am with you 100% i don't understand it myself sometimes. several years ago, when i lived further south on the i-5 corridor, my kids came home from school with notes to the parents. the entire thing was printed in english, spanish, russian, and something else that i can't even recall now.
i completely relate to your point. come one, come all. but let me add something to that... don't you think that the owner of a landscaping company in the united states should have enough respect for there customers to make sure that at least one member of the crew spoke english? i know from having this conversation with others in the past that i am a little more emotional about it than others, but some things just make sense and some things don't. what happened to you... don't
tires


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/15/2005 4:13 am

MVGirl1 Amen girl to 'you live in my country, you speak my language.' You sure don't go to Germany and see every ATM and restaurant menu in English also.....

We, as Americans just wouldn't expect to see that.

But here? It is assumed.

UGH!! I know what you mean...... they just smile and say "yes" to everything. But, they know enough English regarding money. Isn't that interesting.


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/15/2005 4:16 am

DaphneR Did you really? You GO GIRL!!!!!!! English as a second language.... I've heard they learn enough English to pass the citizenship and drivers license test and THAT'S IT!

Nice huh?


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/15/2005 4:25 am

titsandtires Great nic! Usually? They do have someone who knows English. This time, they did not.

They do such a nice job and are so dependable, I'd hate to let them go but, their days are numbered from this stunt.

One of the guys HATES my dog... *evil grin* I kept letting my dog out when they came back to replant.


goddessofbitches 41M/33F

9/15/2005 10:02 am

There is no WAY IN HELL I would let that same company come back to my house. I would make them pay for the damages, plus hire another company to do the job.

As for people coming here and not learning the language...I agree...it's bullshit. They work here, live here illegally, and then....they send the money back to their country. It brings our economy down AND makes us look confused because we can't decide which ficking language we want to speak.

HUGS~~~MANDY

Always The Bitch


MillsShipsGayly 51M

9/15/2005 11:44 am

ahora sexo por favor


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/15/2005 12:13 pm

goddessofbitches you're my idol!!!!!!!!


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/15/2005 12:15 pm

Michael_IG65 ROFL!!!!!!!!!

Si senor, mi casa or su casa?

(I am SOOOOOOOO gonna get you for this)!!


toothysmile 50M
16514 posts
9/15/2005 1:36 pm

You get my full support too.
English is not my native language. (Even though with time it has become my language of choice).
I went to the US when I was 19; never had I been there before. But by the time I got off the plane, my language skills were honed and my accent virtually untraceable. And if I came across an unknown word during conversations, I always apologized and asked for an explanation.
I think if you choose to live in a country, to earn your living by being there, THE VERY LEAST you can do is learn the language and appreciate and respect the culture. Period. Otherwise, just go back home.


DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/16/2005 5:45 am

I was advised, for career purposes, to learn Japanese. Instead, I chose French, and am now working on Italian. Spanish??? Nah...I'm moving out of the country...too many people here no longer speak the native tongue. Just easier to move.


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/16/2005 10:40 am

toothysmile BRAVO BRAVO! **standing ovation** My cleaning lady (god bless that saint) brings with her a Polish-English dictionary.

She has gone to school but, does not know our "slang" and, uses the dictionary if she gets confused.

My point being, like you? She makes a REAL honest effort.


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/16/2005 10:42 am

DefiniteTrouble Isn't Japanese THE hardest language to learn?

I have a family member in the jewelry business...... he travels to Japan once a month. He is s-s-s-s-s-lowly learning the language but, says it's HARD!!

Give me French or Italian any day. Both so romantic, be still my heart.


MillsShipsGayly 51M

9/16/2005 12:46 pm

su casa por favor .... Monday?


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/16/2005 12:56 pm

*GASP* Michael_IG65 what kinda girl do you think I am?

WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't answer that


tamethytension 54M
2320 posts
9/17/2005 12:09 pm

I completely agree ... one is ultimately better off learning the local lingo. I stubbornly held out for 7 years after I first moved to this country, before I submitted to the inevitable and learned to speak American. It was tough going back to Australia for visits as my relatives could find me barely intelligle the first few days until I fell back into the old tongue. But I am sure I am better off. I have even recently graduated to the Okie dialect wherein one learns that should a person tell you that they are "fixin to do something" that this does not mean that there is something actually broken.

cheers

TTT


rm_icenbigirl 37M/37F
16 posts
9/18/2005 8:36 pm

hell yeah that sounds about like them...see engleesh


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