Thread: Should foreigners learn basic English to live in America?

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    I think they should be required to take basic reading and writing tests to become U.S. citizens.
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    So much for the land of the free then...
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    I believe the exams they take to become citizens are in english so no doubt they have to learn enough to pass. Outside of passing the exams i do'nt think you can make someone become fluent in the language, though no doubt it would benefit them living here.
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    I'm sure anyone who truly wants to be a citizen in America will be more then happy to pick up enough English to get by, that doesn't mean they should be FORCED to learn the language.
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    Quote by yeazell
    I believe the exams they take to become citizens are in english so no doubt they have to learn enough to pass. Outside of passing the exams i do'nt think you can make someone become fluent in the language, though no doubt it would benefit them living here.
    I am not saying they should be fluent just enough maybe a junior high level.
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    I think they should have to know quite a bit before they get a job that requires communicating with people.
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    Yes, all foreigners coming over must learn English.

    I'd expect the same if I lived in foreign country (eg living in Germany and I have to learn german)
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    Quote by tbondrage99
    So much for the land of the free then...


    How does this stop the U.S.A. being the land of the free? There are plenty of things we do which require a basic understanding before we can do them. Requiring someone to be able to communicate (even on a rudementary level) does not take away freedom.
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    I think they should, because honestly why should we learn theirs? And besides the British had the right idea when they were taking colonies, they forced everyone to speak english so that it'd unite their empire and make things more convienient.

    And I tell you it's rude, we already do enough for the foreigners. We've given them money, we've given them health care and I think the least they could do is have a little courtesy for us.

    And I mean when my grandparents came here they went out of their way to learn at least basic english. And my friend who came from China did the same.
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    • 11 years 4 months ago
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    I knew you were from Canada tbondrage99. I read comments from you guys like this all the time.

    They offer free classes for them to learn English and many of them do. Others are just too lazy and expect someone to always be there to speak their language. I think English should be the official language and they should learn basic English.

    On a side note many of the ones you find that don't speak English are not even legal. Also many private schools in other countries teach English to all of their students.
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    I'm going with the learn a basic level of the English language. Why should I have to learn another language to communicate with a person from another country. I'd make the attempt before going to their country. This really pisses me off. Especially being a retailer.
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    Even though that would be nice, the thing is that the US doesn't have a national language. It's nice when those who move here try to learn the language, but as someone else mentioned they shouldn't be "forced" to learn the language. Now if English was literally our national language, then I'd say yeah...they should. Overall, those who want to learn it, definitely will seek it out anyway.
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    I agree. It's fucking annoying to hear them walking around speaking their language and acting like they're better than the 97% of Americans that do speak English. And wrap your skull around this one...how do you know they're not talking about you or making fun of you or swearing at you?? Answer me that.
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    we should all speak "farsi"....so when the revolution comes, we'll be ready.
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    Why is it that the dumber the person, the more patriotic they are?

    I'm looking in your general direction jango.

    Speak whatever the hell you want to speak.
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    While I believe that foreigners have the right to speak to their family or friend in whatever language they want they should learn English not only to be educated but to communicate with English speaking co-workers and fellow Americans.

    I find it a pain at work to communicate with customers that don't know a drop of English. It makes it more difficult and a challenge for both myself and the customer. I shouldn't have to learn a completely different language to a select few in our society.

    Again I don't mind foreigners and our country definably grows thanks to them but I feel that they should meet requirements and one of them is learning the official language of US.
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    I agree Gundam particularly on the first part. Dictating what language someone speaks to their family and friends is wrong. If I moved to Mexico yes I would learn the language, but I would still speak to those from the USA in English unless we were practicing speaking the language.

    I do think it's rude though to start speaking another language when someone that doesn't speak it is part of the conversation. Most of the time they do it because its easier to say some things in their native language. Other times they do it so the other person doesn't know what they are saying.
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    Quote by adventure_of_link
    Yes, all foreigners coming over must learn English.

    I'd expect the same if I lived in foreign country (eg living in Germany and I have to learn german)


    bite me.
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    Quote by tbondrage99
    So much for the land of the free then...
    You have to earn it and learning basic English is less sacrifice than what others did for this country.
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