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Ranty mcrant rant

So, I need to stop reading customers_suck, because it's really just starting to piss me off. One of the things that's irritating me the most is the asinine, self-righteous arrogance shown by these people towards customers who don't speak English fluently. I'm sorry, but this country was founded by immigrants, and continues to be fueled by - you guessed it - immigrants. People from other countries. PEOPLE WHO SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. Christ, people! Do they not understand that there would be no U.S. of A. without people who don't speak English? At least, not the country that we know and, occasionally, love. Our culture comes from all over - take away one single group of immigrants, and you change the face of the country. And part of culture is language. Fer crying out loud, English wouldn't be the language it is were it not for immigrants coming into the country and changing it. Think about how different English would be without the influences of even one of those languages!

Some people take a longer time to acclimate to the new country. They take time to learn the language, because, let's face it, English is one of the more screwed-up languages to learn. It's not going to be perfect, and for some, it's not going to be fluent. Ever. There are going to be those who will always feel more comfortable speaking in their native tongue, and, because of the idiots who mock their attempts at English, won't even try to speak it in public. And then, when they can't bring themselves or aren't able to speak English yet, these same mocking idiots are the ones who complain about the "stupid immigrants" who won't speak English, or who "expect" everyone to speak their language when "everyone" speaks English here. I can understand getting frustrated because a person has yet to learn enough of the language to get by in common social circumstances. THIS DOES NOT MAKE THAT PERSON A BAD PERSON, NOR DOES IT MAKE HIM/HER STUPID. So stop bloody treating them as such!

*pant pant* Sorry. I know that there are many people who believe that as soon as a person moves to the States, it is his/her sacred duty to learn English. I don't happen to be one of them. Flame away, I don't care.

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may_not_follow
Oct. 20th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
i never have a problem trying to cross the language barrier at work. i rather enjoy it, trying to figure out what it is that a person wants when there are exactly zero words that we both know.

the idiot barrier, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to cross.
fireballof3
Oct. 20th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
My only problem is people who don't speak English fluently but HAVE IT AS THEIR ONLY LANGUAGE!!!!

*sigh*

And I'm not talking about the boys down in Texas or Tennessee who have a strong local dialect. Those guys are fine. I'm talking about the people who just speak poorly all the way 'round.
fairoriana
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, sister!

Although I must confess, having run into some people who have been in the States significantly longer than I've been alive and STILL speak no English makes me wonder how they manage. (A former landlady of mine fit that description.)

And then we ugly Americans go to Europe and don't even notice we don't speak the languages because everyone there speaks English nearly flawlessly. Sigh.
dryad_duinath
Oct. 20th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
bitches, the lot of them.

*fumes*
brigidsdaughter
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think it makes him or her a bad person, or stupid...but it does drive me up the wall on occasion. Actually, several occasions, but this is probably because the people I happen to be dealing with try to use their lack of english to their advantage.
theotherjay
Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
I've been doing pro bono work for a family law program in a relatively poor area the past few months. A good many of the people who we help - a quarter to a third, maybe - speak English poorly or not at all. Most of them speak Spanish, but you get a few Russian and Vietnamese as well. I'm always ashamed that my Spanish isn't quite good enough to help them through these (admittedly very complicated) legal forms. We do have one guy who works there who's fully bilingual, and who they all want to talk to, of course. (Also, he knows more than everyone else there put together, so that helps.) I've been meaning to get some sort of Spanish immersion CD to listen to in my car, but I hardly ever drive =P America won't be able to remain a monolingual society for much longer, will it or no.
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