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This is a headline story right here! It has to be one of the top issues in the country today. I am referring to the "Press two for Spanish" issue. Why is this even an option? If someone wants to become an American badly enough, they should take the initiative to learn the language that is spoken here: English. I mean, does the government not know that by allowing a language barrier to exist inside our country, they are potenially limiting the progression of the country. There should not be a need for any type of translator in our country. How can we be called the top country in the world if the citizens within it are not able to communicate freely? "Press two for Spanish" is also one of the most annoying statements that can be uttered over the phone. Spanish is not the only problem either. It is all the gibberish and nonsense that has to be endured before actually having the opportunity to speak to a customer service officer or telephone operator. I believe that Americans need to keep it simple. Diversity is grand, but when it pertains to the language, there is a problem. I have a simple solution that will unify our country and tear down the language barrier: Learn our language or go home!

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Meganinjaboy said...
Jan. 11 at 12:36 pm
White English speaking people immigrated to America and said "Yo we need some English up in here" to people called "NATIVE AMERICANS" who DID NOT know English. English in IS NOT the "official language" bud so stop
jessicamarshall said...
Nov. 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm
I agree with this statement, “If someone wants to become an American badly enough, they should take the initiative to learn the language that is spoken here: English.” It should be mandatory for everyone in America to speak English; however, no one can stop people from coming into the country and speaking Spanish. It is a good thing Spanish speaking people are in America because it helps make us a melting pot.
AndreB said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm
I agree with the opinion that people should learn English if they want to live in America. You took the words out of my mouth when you said, “If someone wants to become an American badly enough, they should take the initiative to learn the language that is spoken here: English.” This is a great argument and makes a very good point in my opinion.
chskx said...
Nov. 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm
do people not realize that there is no "our language" in terms of this country?
Meganinjaboy replied...
Jan. 8 at 11:57 am
Chloe123 said...
Jul. 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm
This is simply disgusting. Do you understand how boring, narrow-minded and oppressive our country would be if we didn't support diversity? Aside from the fact that cultural diversity is just clearly better than a country full of white, English-speaking Americans, do you understand the concept of globalization? We need to be culturally diverse to continue to be a superpower economically and politically. It's as simple as that. And this claim that if they want to come to our country they s... (more »)
JesusandHisLawyers said...
May 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm
Gotta love the people that literally can't comprehend that no, the US is NOT a nation of white English speakers, NO you can't force immigrants to speak English. When you really get down to it, what you SHOULD be complaining about is how white people refuse to use the Native American languages, since this person is so against immigrants. 
Batmar said...
Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm
I agree but I dont really agree. they should be allowed to come over here but yes, they should know our home language. 
Ms.Alice said...
Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm
First of all i don't really find this a comprehensive article as much as it is just a rant fueled by a deep frustration of costumer service operators. Second of all you have to realise that a lot of the poeple going to America are doing it because the conditions in their own country are horrible. I think that they're a little more concerned about their families safety then learning the language. Although it is important to an extent, the statment "learn our language or go home"... (more »)
Ms.Alice replied...
Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Not to mention that America is largely made of imigrants. 
GeekyxChick said...
Jan. 4, 2014 at 1:58 am
Although I do agree with you that learning the english language should be important if a person is considering moving or visiting the U.S., I definitely do not agree with your closing statement about "going home" if you do not learn the english language. I do not wish to be rude or negative, but have you considered that even if some people do learn the english language but are hispanic, that they maybe they feel more comfortable speaking to somebody over the phone in their native langu... (more »)
Chans247 said...
Oct. 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm
DID you even read this again? I thought that America was supposed to take "your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" What happened to that! If language is a clause in that statement, then America is going downhill more than I thought.
JustinNelson said...
Oct. 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm
Very interesting opinion, I certainly agree. Immigrants are essentially separate from the rest of society by all these government barriers, but hey obama says we gotta drone Syria so don't worry about it!
blythebaird said...
Sept. 20, 2013 at 7:40 am
Are you actually being serious right now? Did you even read this at all before you submitted it?
stellamaare said...
Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:57 am
Here too live many natons, but i understand them in 85% of cases. I think that people have right to speak with accent, or in free time speaking on their native language.
agabor1022 said...
Jul. 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm
America is a place for people with a dream to go. People that are in such extreme forms of poverity come here because they believe that they will have a better life in America. I'm proud that they think that of our country. And I'm more than happy to open our doors to those less fortunate. One more thing, I'm a Democrat. Are you a Republican?
I_Bleed_Acrylic_Paint said...
May 22, 2013 at 12:26 am
Yes, because people immigrating to escape poverty, violence, instability, and/or war have time to learn English from scratch. Honestly. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn before immigrating. The lucky, yes, but not enough people.
plathfanatic said...
May 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm
You're kidding me, right? First of all, there is no official language here in the U.S. People have the right to speak in any lingua franca they desire. Learning a new language isnt easy either. And for those of you who are commenting about how they also hate when they call customer service and the person on the other end of the call has a "foreign accent".. its called outsourcing. American companies transfer certain jobs to other countries in orde... (more »)
d124816d said...
Apr. 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm
English is not the official language of America and the entire southwest used to be Mexico. So yes, to press two for Spanish.
Posh101 said...
Apr. 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm
Divirsity is great in all forms. You are expecting to much of people who left their home countries-some to escape prejudice like the kind your piece is about.
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