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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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HeartBreaker2010 said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:46 am
if you move to a new country with a different language, you have to learn it, you mexican people don't want to learn English, then just leave and go back to where ever you came from because this is my U.S. so you better learn the English plz.
dancegirl13 replied...
Mar. 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Um, sorry, but no, this is NOT your U.S. This is the U.S. of millions of people from all different cultures and backgrounds who speak their own language. Seriously - it is not that hard to listen to the phone operator say, "Press two for Spanish." It isn't gonna kill us, but it is going to help ethnic people who aren't fluent in English but are trying to make a living here.
brittany4jp said...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 8:53 am
If you're going to move to a country, learn the dominant  language. It is as simple as that, and it's not racist to say so, as it applies to anyone who moves here. It just seems to be more of an issue with Spanish speaking peoples because a good amount of them will not learn English, there aren't many Germans going around the U.S. with no understanding of English. I don't go to somewhere, like Italy, and say "I'm here, now you all get to learn my language, because that's just... (more »)
Katie1234 said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

One thing: English isn't the offical language of the states.

I agree with you completely, but without English being our official language.... 

It stinks. We're now expected to learn spanish among othe languages to get jobs. A lot of schools require a year of foriegn language. Learning a language should be optional.

dancegirl13 replied...
Mar. 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm
Maybe learning a language should be optional, but it isn't optional for foreign immigrants if we don't provide them with resources.
Katie1234 replied...
Mar. 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm
While I agree that they cannot be blamed for not having the resources, there are plenty of ways for people to learn a new language. Should we as American's enable them by forcing people to take a foriegn language or give them a steady push by allowing foriegners to learn the language that is dominant in our country?
jomi973 said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I do understand what you mean. If you are going to move to another country, you should learn the language of that country. That is true.

You have to look on both sides though. English is my second language and it can be a difficult language to learn. There are so many rules and some things just do not make sense. I now speak English fluently because I learned it at a young age. For older people learning a language is challenging. Even if they learn it, they can still be confused a... (more »)

ambnyc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

While I am not against the learning of other languages at all (I love language study!), and while English is not America's official language, I believe it should be America's official language.

And that if somebody wants to immigrate here, they should have to learn English. It's merely practical, because you're not going to get very far in this country without a good grasp on English anyways, which is what most of our people speak.

Then again, this is just my opini... (more »)

bombthrower said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

americans can only speak english and barely no our own history let alone world


europians can speak at least 3 and no american, political, world and there own

bombthrower said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm
america has no official language, plus what about visters. english is the most common language but it is not legally official
ShontelleSymone said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Another question for you. Why is  it that you don't have such a problem with whites coming to America and speaking their native language? It is so racist that people would just point the finger of Latinos who are trying to better themselves by coming to America. They have kids and families. You don't know their financial situation so "going home" is not an option for these poor people. I (as a part mexican girl) am offended by this article.
caleb18 replied...
Aug. 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm
OK this is completly stupid. You are saying that it is racist. Are you kidding me? English is the official language of the United States of America and the fact that you mentioned the Cherokee nation is absolutley illogical since even the Cherokee did not have a completely unified language and they were not the only people that were here before the English. Now if one of their languages was the official language I would understand but it is not the case english is. Now if you want to get into th... (more »)
bombthrower replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm
what about germans should german immigrants learn english or go home. no free assosiation, most countries have at least 4 official languages, england has 20, welsh (sorry don't know the actual name) irish gaelic, gualish, indian, pakistani, arabic, and every other one from what was once there empire (which was the most of the world, the sun never set on its greed, racism, and brutality. 
HeartBreaker2010 replied...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:51 am
come on im part mexican and german and i understand both its not racist, it's common since, if you don't understand then go back to school. sorry but its true:)
bombthrower replied...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm
no group has the right to force its launguage on anyone, not speaking english doesn't hurt anyone, so i can't stop it, "your right to swing your fist stops at the tip of my nose."
ShontelleSymone replied...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:56 am
Actually, You are wrong. The Cherokee people DO still have a languag that we still speak. We are one of the few tribes left that still have a thriving language. Sorry for the late comment, I've been really busy recently.
ShontelleSymone replied...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:58 am
And did you think I just ment the Cherokee? NO. I used Cherokee as an examply because I am part Cherokee.
ShontelleSymone said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm
With all this said, when are you going to learn Cherokee? You know, the first people here? What makes English so great? Actually, you don't even speak proper queen's english. So when you say learn our languange or go home,I and well within my rights as a cherokee girl to say learn OUR language or go home.
ohmakemeover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm
The good thing about America is that we don't force anyone to do anything here.  We don't force religion, or politics, and we don't force culture.  Plenty of people in America only speak a foreign language and they get along fine because they have others to relate to.  If they feel like they need to learn English to get by, then that is their prerogative.  Also, shame on you for calling other languages gibberish.  That is close-minded and immature and I suggest you check... (more »)
bombthrower replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

except pay taxes to fund wars genocide and oppression


obey laws most of which are tardy


and in the past murder (the draft, war doesn't change any thing, its murder if you kill someone on purpose)

ohmakemeover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm
I didn't understand a word you just said.  And yes, we have to pay taxes, but that is also one of the biggest political debates in America of all time.  It doesn't go smoothly.  But other than that, I didn't get any of what you typed.
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