America has/had a lot of love to give, but does love mean that you have to lose your identity?
America has been politically correct for years. Something familiar to all of us, “if you want to speak in English press 1”. Which I thought was ridiculous. Find a phrase that most people will understand and ask them to push #1 to find their language. Does anyone know what number I have to press for Greek or Italian?
Jeb Bush talks Spanish to possible Hispanic voters as if to say I am one of you, his political act of love. But that doesn’t sit well with most Americans, especially the ones that know of no other language but English. It’s a betrayal. He’s married to a Mexican woman he met while teaching English in Mexico and speaks mainly Spanish at home with his children.
There are approximately 37 million people who speak Spanish in the U.S. It’s the second most popular language. Chinese are at 2.8 million.
It’s very different if you are giving directions to a tourist or your opening your door to a huge number of foreigners.
Americans speaks English, and others looking to assimilate speak what they do, until they learn English. We should never have as large or larger group of people who speak a different language in our country, state, or city.
Assimilation is a rewarding, accomplished feeling. You don’t feel alienated when you understand what people are saying. The same way someone’s girl/boyfriend doesn’t speak the language of the others family, where usually their partner screams at the family “Speak English”. Because it’s rude and not inviting. But chances are if they stay together, they usually pick up a couple of words as a way of saying accept me and/or I appreciate your culture.
Americans generally love nice people, no matter which of the 382 distinct languages they speak.
I was walking with someone in the city (New York City) one day and it just happened that all the conversations we heard were of another language. So he said to me “Doesn’t anyone speak English anymore?” Now this person doesn’t live in the city and he’s not used to what I consider a relatively cohesive city of people from all over the world living fairly peaceably. But he brings up a good point. Are we still America?
When you go to any country in the world you usually hear the language of that country, you see a certain architecture, eat food that this country is famous for, you have the customs; kiss one cheek, kiss two cheeks, shake hands, bow like Obama did to the Saudi King below. These are the things that make each country special.
You can argue that Obama’s bow (his most controversial) was just polite or he acted
like a weak politician, which was the overall consensus. I think he was falling, LOL.
In America we have areas like; Little Italy, Astoria for the Greeks, Chinatown, etc. Each state has this, it allows the people who come here an easier way to become American. The people who speak their language share the English they learned and they are able to get a job, ask for bread, do what they need to do to make it in America.
This brings up a pet peeve of mine. Signs in ethnic areas where the foreign words are larger then the English words. The emphasis should be on English, not only to allow the people to learn faster but showing that you must learn English.
We have accommodated foreigners to their detriment, and later ours. They need to contribute to the nation as fast as possible. We do not help them assimilate into America by having ethnic areas that appear as if they are in their country. It’s one thing to make them comfortable in their new home, to find new friends, but it’s another to have it so much like where they came from, that for most purposes they do not have to leave that dot on the map.
For blogging out loud)) when America bows as far as Obama did, it shows weakness and an insecurity on what America does in it’s policies, so it makes people question what America does for the world. Because it’s not only our language that is getting diluted, but our identity as the strongest nation in the world. We need a firm handshake and respectful eye contact, so no one doubts our decisions.))