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HBNY January 31st, 2019 10:40pm

I had a customer come into my store who barely spoke English. Do you think it should be compulsory for people to learn a working knowledge of English after emigrating from a foreign country before attaining citizenship?

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02/01/19 6:18 am

Compulsory? No but I’d think if enough people wanted jobs, they’d have to learn basic English to get along.

HBNY this space for rent
02/01/19 6:17 am

Just a poll question. I feel that people should have a working knowledge of English prior to taking a citizenship test. I’m aware the US has no official language. That’s all.

catpillow Florida West Coast
02/01/19 2:49 am

It’s common for first generation immigrants to have trouble with English. Their children will pick it up and their grandchildren will be native English speakers who probably have trouble communicating with their grandparents.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
01/31/19 11:40 pm

I had customers like that. We managed to understand each other

01/31/19 9:41 pm

Before Afterward an attempt should be made. If I moved to a foreign country I would not expect those citizens to speak English and if I wanted to communicate I would make an effort to learn the language.

snagglepuss Story Time
01/31/19 8:32 pm

When customers don’t speak English at the pharmacy there is an interpreter available that pharmacists can call. This should be a common service in retail.

Korosensei Maine
01/31/19 8:04 pm

1.) There is no official language in the US

2.) How do you know she had citizenship?

Sploosh The Upside Down
01/31/19 5:55 pm

No but they should be encouraged to.

alkie New York
01/31/19 5:46 pm

I know when I go to Spanish speaking countries there’s no signs in English and no one speaks it

HBNY this space for rent
02/01/19 12:35 pm

What if you emigrated to a Spanish speaking country?

alkie New York
02/01/19 4:48 pm

Then I would learn Spanish

paranoidandroid peace love science
01/31/19 5:04 pm

No, because English isn’t the official language. If it was I’d say yes.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
01/31/19 5:25 pm

I say make it the official language!

HBNY this space for rent
02/01/19 12:35 pm

I’m all for making it an official language.

HBNY this space for rent
02/01/19 12:37 pm

And official second languages can be done on a state level.
Perhaps Spanish for Texas, New Mexico, California.
French for Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont.
Navajo for Arizona. Etc.

seal7471 Canada
01/31/19 3:45 pm

Yea dude it’s so annoying when people try to order and get mad when you don’t understand them. It’s not my fault you can’t speak the language of the country. I wouldn’t get mad if some guy in an Indian village didn’t know English why are you getting mad at me for not speaking Indian man wtf

Zod Above Pugetropolis
01/31/19 3:44 pm

Yes, as it is now, with the reasonable exception of the elderly, also as it is now. It is not a rule that needs changing.