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Old 04-28-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Right on

even this issue aside, i'm all for any politician that just lays it down straight forward. too bad he'll most likely get crushed, unfortanetly it seems a politician cannot succeed without lying, cheating, and never answering a question

'This is Alabama; we speak English,' governor candidate says - Yahoo! News

and i do believe we speak english here is just fine also, the street signs are in english, so should the test.

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I actually saw that on TV recently. 12 languages for the driver's test? wow....

hey I live here....

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i agree with ya 100% dave, its nice to see a political figure lay it all out like that
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i like reading the comments on that news article. overwhelming support for the idea.

i can't stand the people with the come back "we're all immigrants" thats getting old, no substance just a whiny cop out.

my favorite response was "I'm a liberal, but I agree with this. Bring your culture, but learn to communicate"

and how is the writer of the article saying they will lose money by printing information, administering, and checking a test in one language instead of 12 or however many there were, and did i see Arabic as one of the languages??? can i get mine in latin?
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I agree with him and I'm a pretty open minded dude. I like the ad. Hey, if I moved to Mexico I would learn to speak mexicanese.
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my brother showed that to me on youtube yesterday. if i lived in alabama, he'd have my vote.

i have no problem with people immigrating here. i do, however, have a problem with people immigrating here and refusing to speak or learn english. i don't expect every immigrant to get off the proverbial "boat" and speak/understand english right away, i understand that there is a learning curve, but when you live here for several years and you refuse to learn that is when i have a problem.

i worked in a doctor's office, and we had several patients that were patients of ours for YEARS that always required a translator. all of the patients requiring translation were spanish speaking, which was lucky for us because we had 2 staff members that were fluent in spanish. if it were not for the 2 staff members, or someone spoke a different language, we were REQUIRED BY LAW to hire a translator, on our dime of course.

there are tons of FREE classes to teach non-english speaking people how to speak english. it comes down to a matter of willingness to learn. why bother learning the language and putting forth the effort, if you will be, more or less, catered to? if i were to move to another country and try to get a job, do you think anyone would hire me without a basic knowledge of the language? probably not, so why do we?

i would actually like to hear from someone who supports have things written in 1000 other languages, not so i can flame them, but so i can hear an "other side of the fence" argument.
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if you cant learn English than you shouldn't be here but that's just how i feel!!!
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Yea, I had the answer quote on our Ca. home phone--

Press one if you wish to speak english

Press two, if you can't, then hang up !

But I was asked to removeit!!

Another twist on the language, my wife still works in a hospital and is fluent in American Sign Language and can communicate in European SL

Can you imagine a deaf person, trying to tell a nurse, they have a Kidney stone and they have trouble with swallowing solid food ??

She is very busy

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Well, sort of. I mean, I guess what they speak is closer to English than it is to Japanese.

<-- two smilies. That means I'm just joking.
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we speak redneckese down here.

If all of our street signs and warnings are in English, then why can't the test be in English?

That being said, American is such a large group of people now, there are a lot of other languages out there.

I don't know where I am going with this. Too little sleep last night and I'm just blabbering on now.
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If I were in AL I'd vote for him too...

Strangely I can relate to the doc's office and people not being able to speak English.

I had one actually tell me that I should have all the handouts I have in English in Spanish. I declined, and said "that's not how we operate".

I wanted to throw her out the window. that crap irks me.
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It's my main pet peeve. I worked in the court system for years. its amazing how a man can claim he speaks no english but then when you say well guess you are going to jail or pay a huge fine how quickly he will start communicating!!!
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i would actually like to hear from someone who supports have things written in 1000 other languages, not so i can flame them, but so i can hear an "other side of the fence" argument.
all they say is "we are all immigrants"
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goes around comes around?? is that how it is... i mean we didnt learn cherokee did we? hehe

negating that "arguement" i believe that america should adopt english as our official language, did you know that there isnt an OFFICIAL language in america? yeh, thats why most people are force to print everything in multiple languages because you cant say that is english is our langauge... some have lobbied to get english and spanish as the offical langauges in america... sad.

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