Learn Our Language

December 30, 2008
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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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berto said...
Mar. 17, 2010 at 11:46 am
Their is a diverse group of people who are ignorant about how difficult it is to learn a second language. I agree with the author when he says that people should learn another language. I also agree that people should learn English. However, I disagree with his argument that people who do not learn English should leave America and return to their Native countries. If he was in our position, he might have a different opinion. He would know what it felt like to be criticized and oppressed for not ... (more »)
Marcelaa said...
Mar. 17, 2010 at 11:00 am
Your article is the most ignorant article I have read. You have no clue what us Latino's really have to face. If we came to America it was because here there is more potential fo us to succeed. Your animosity towards Latinos is nonsense baceause you are not completely surrounded by us therefore you do not understand how we truly are. Latinos are strong humans because we have the urge to come over here to get a better education in life.
America is full of diversity and you just have ... (more »)
MelissaCamacho said...
Mar. 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm
I disagree with your opinion, Many people who want to achieve came to succeed with their family. Also they do not have the time to learn english. Many have to work in order to provide food for their family. People struggeled to get in this country and it is ignorant for you t be writing this.
While i was reading your opion made me feel alienated beacuse I come from a mexican family. My parents both came to this country to make their lives more easy and momentous. You are being extreamly... (more »)
k@t!eB@by said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Did you THINK when you were writing this? I mean really. I had a freind who was visiting from another country and couldn't speak english. she had to make a phone call used that "Press 2 for Spanish" it helped! We have that system for people who have just come into America or are visiting. Did you think of that? or just that everyone should speak one language? Honestly, I think people that go off about things like that are iggnorant and don't like waiting for 2 seconds while t... (more »)
JohnnyTheSilverAngel replied...
Feb. 3, 2011 at 11:24 am
Amen for saying that dude.
Ruby Martinez said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 12:06 am
Your artice is the most rediculous article i have ever read. You are completley ignorant to others feelings. Reading your article made realize outside my communitiy there is so much raceisim. I strongly disagree with your opinion because i am latina and to me it is completlry fine knowing just one language. You created so much animosity in me towards you and other people out there the same or similar to you.
With your rude comments you are trying to encourage others out there to opress... (more »)
Miguel L. said...
Mar. 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Why would you not want Latinos in your community they provide many of your people with fruits like strawberries. To me this brings animosity to me and many other Latinos. There are many Latinos that are facing adversity. You should not talk about my heritage like that just because your from a different heritage. This is not tolerant because there are many of my people that know how to speak English.
To me this is somewhat racism it can cause anguish to others and cause anger. I agree with... (more »)
Bree<3 said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm
While reading "learn our Language" I realized you are closed minded and I have animosity towards you. You have clearly been raised way differently than I have. People like you are ignorant and do not have a clue about latinos. Maybe where you are from, there is not many latinos. Okay, yes, maybe latinos should practice their english, but that does not give you the right to tell us to go home if we donot learn english.
Sometimes I wonder what it is like to be so closed minded and... (more »)
malursy said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:30 am
i don't completely agree with this. the "main" language is english, yes, so it's best if immigrants (illegal or not) learn the language. however, i think it'd be best if americans started expanding their horizons and learned other languages too. english isn't always going to be the "lingua franca" of the world. my friends from other countries can speak at LEAST 2 languages. my friend from morocco speaks french, arabic, and english fluently and she's l... (more »)
LearnOurLanguage replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 11:23 am
I can almost agree with you. You are correct in saying that there is nothing wrong with learning about other cultures; it can be quite enlightening. Also, it would be fun to be able to communicate across a variety languages. However, that was not the point of the article. When it comes down to the functionality of society, everything would run more smoothly if people were able to communicate freely and without the impairment of a language barrier. If I were to move to Japan, it would be respectf... (more »)
MisplacedTexan14 said...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm
I agree. They don't have to stop speaking spanish, but if they want to prosper in America they need to learn english. Isn't it akward when you meet someone and they barely speak english? When I lived in Argentina, everyone in my family worked hard to learn the language. Being on vacation is different. What the author is talking about is living here. If I were to move to China, yes, i would try to learn the language. People in other countries don't like it when you can't under... (more »)
penguin35 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 6:44 am
Thank you! Someone else agrees!
Scripted said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm
This is ridiculous and I can not believe the amount of people who agree with this. It is ignorant and borderline racist for you to complain about diversity and tell people of other cultures to "go home," based on "press two for Spanish." Believe me I would tear this article apart but frankly I don't want to waste my time on something that was written just to be "controversial." You didn't write this as your opinion; you wrote it as a means to generate buzz... (more »)
LearnOurLanguage replied...
Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:45 am
I do not believe my article is one related to racism at all. I even point out that diversity is grand, diversity of culture, that is. I identify the language barrier as a hindering factor in our country's prosperity. Can a realization such as this be considered ignorant or racist?
Thank you for contributing to the "buzz" as you labeled it. I appreciate your opinion.
PK4evr This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm
I dunnooooo, if you were someone wanting to do business in China, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't wanna learn all that Chinese... saying that because I know Chinese and it's not easy...
proud2b said...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm
my opinion on the issue is that it's less of a hassle for someone who does understand english to listen to a couple easy words and press a button than for the service to not be offered and someone who does not understand english to attempt to understand what is being said. it's a minor inconvenience and it really says something about the patience and understanding of todays youth if they can't put in even a minimum amount of time and effort into insuring someone else has an easier... (more »)
Sunshineyday said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm
I think that most people who live in America ARE learning English or at least trying if they don't know already. It's just that you can't learn in one day. Some people are even refugees, so they can't spend extra time at home in their mother land studying lest they get shot or blown up.
PoetOfNyx16 said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 11:19 am
I agree and disagree with you on some points. What i hate about people moving here from different countries who can't speak english, they fall back on that for an excuse. like when you ask a question, they say "me no speak english." and when they're in a group, they always speak spanish and look at you and laugh and you don't know whether or not they are talking about you so you can't defend yourself. But i get the whole thing where if they first get here and they d... (more »)
@L3Na This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 10:49 am
First off: If you were on a vacation in Mexico you would probably need an English button on the phone prompter because you don't speak Spanish. Understand that people who speak their native tongue do it because that may be the only part of home they have left. Just a thought.
Second: you're right, "diversity is grand". Now stop right there. Was diversity grand when this country was brought up on a massacre to the people of the feather and buckskin? B... (more »)
LearnOurLanguage replied...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 9:30 am
I am glad that you took the time to read my article. It was meant to be controversial. Thank you for your interest. I am Cherokee, by the way
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