Spanish Becoming Miami's Primary Lang...

Spanish Becoming Miami's Primary Language

There are 1056 comments on the NBC 6 South Florida story from May 29, 2008, titled Spanish Becoming Miami's Primary Language. In it, NBC 6 South Florida reports that:

Melissa Green's mother spoke Spanish, but she never learned -- her father forbade it.

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how could you say that

United States

#22 May 29, 2008
Wow,who would have imagined that "multiculturalism" isn't really turning out the way it was supposed to?
This country was made great by European's arriving here and establishing its laws and customs.

Now we have HUGE numbers of people who have not only never lived in a civilized society,but are incapable of doing so without resorting to scams and cheating - which will inevitably break the system to the lowest common denominator(notice the article about medicare scams being worst in so.FL).

"Diverity is not our strength",it will be our downfall into Balkanization and civil wars.

Notice which group of people who seem to be for unlimited immigration from third world nations into the US are the same people who wish to allow Israel to build walls to keep their society limited to one group.
Here's a hint,they speak Yiddish!
Observer

Key Largo, FL

#23 May 29, 2008
Anyone living in the US should have to learn English. That an American should have to learn a non-native language in order to live and work in any (geographic) area is outrageous.
Immigrant groups arriving here in the past learned our language or brought someone who did know it with them if they needed to conduct business in English. Now, however, the PC police go out of their way to be 'sensitive' to immigrant groups (most especially politicians).
Does the name "Babel" mean anything to anyone anymore?
Leesa

Brentwood, TN

#24 May 29, 2008
I too have left S. Florida because of the need to speak spanish. I feel if you came to our country you should have to learn our language. Just as if moved to Cuba, Colombia,etc... I would most certainly learn spanish. I can not tell you how many times living down ther i had people come to me automatically assuming I spoke spanish. When I told them i didn't the seemed offended. Shame on Florida's businesses, and politicians for allowing this to happen. Thank God I left there.
Stephanie

Clarksburg, MD

#25 May 29, 2008
Moving to Maryland from Miami was the best thing my husband and I could have done. If you are considering getting the heck out of dodge, do it.

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#26 May 29, 2008
how could you say that wrote:
Wow,who would have imagined that "multiculturalism" isn't really turning out the way it was supposed to?
This country was made great by European's arriving here and establishing its laws and customs.
Now we have HUGE numbers of people who have not only never lived in a civilized society,but are incapable of doing so without resorting to scams and cheating - which will inevitably break the system to the lowest common denominator(notice the article about medicare scams being worst in so.FL).
"Diverity is not our strength",it will be our downfall into Balkanization and civil wars.
Notice which group of people who seem to be for unlimited immigration from third world nations into the US are the same people who wish to allow Israel to build walls to keep their society limited to one group.
Here's a hint,they speak Yiddish!
Yiddist are Jews..and shame on you!!!One of the best immigration we ever had in America to this day. Hard working people,business orinted and very faithfull and loyal to this country. And I am cuban american...am-orez!!
Linda

United States

#27 May 29, 2008
Although there is a strong hispanic population in South Fla, this does not constitute a change in our primary language of English. This is America-This country deserves respect! Have we forgotten about all the men and women who have sacrified there lives for our freedom. The United States has been very generous to people from all over the world, it is a priviledge to work and live in this country.English Please!
AMINAL KRAKAS

Miami, FL

#28 May 29, 2008
Stephanie wrote:
Moving to Maryland from Miami was the best thing my husband and I could have done. If you are considering getting the heck out of dodge, do it.
I can move to Port St. Lucie and escape spanish as the dominant language. Maryland and its cold and snow? I'd rather stay here with the 3rd world boat people.
Sharron

Cleveland, OH

#29 May 29, 2008
To Marie in Miami Fl
Your husband's Italian family - proud of being in the Mafia - I don't think so. Anyone who comes to this country for all the freedom and benefits and better life should most definitly learn to speak and read English. We SHOULD NOT have to accommodate their language. And our government should most definitly do something about it.
Lina - Happy AMERICAN

Miami, FL

#30 May 29, 2008
America is a great melting ground, but when others refuse to learn the language of this country is makes it seem like their original country is more important than the USA. We are different and separate in so many ways, we should at least have a common language.
When I came here from Central America, I was so grateful to be welcomed I believe it is my DUTY, to speak English. What is wrong with assimilating to your host country? Remember .."When in Rome do as the Romans". Well when in American do as the Americans. Learn the language.
how could you say that

United States

#31 May 29, 2008
Yes Marie,those are the folks who speak Yiddish.
They are also the ones who attempt to destroy the culural heritage of this nation at every chance they can(ACLU and lots of congressional traitors).
If "they" thought that large numbers of immigrants are good for a country,why on earth do they not advocate those policies for Israel?
It is illegal for a non-Jew to immigrate to Israel or even marry a non-Jew.

Shame on YOU for your peoples hypocrisy!
a florida native

Okemos, MI

#32 May 29, 2008
Hey these folks need to make an effort to speak English. As a 40 year old woman who has lived her life in South Florida and never learned to speak Spanish it is very difficult. I was an outside salesperson for many years and when one of my employers asked me to cover South Dade I had no issues. That was until I was made to feel like an outsider in my own country. Many of the business owners that I would try and solicit either spoke no English or hid behind their language to avoid me. It was very frustrating. I would come every day thinking why can’t these folks just speak English? Is it me or are they truly lazy and don’t want to learn because as a whole we seem to cater to it. I am all for diversity and embracing each other’s cultures, but come on now this is America and the primary language is English right? Thank god I live in Broward where it isn’t so prevalent. I couldn’t imagine not being able to communicate with my pharmacists or auto mechanic...I could be dead or stuck on the side of the road for goodness sakes.
A Mom

Miami, FL

#33 May 29, 2008
sorry,
things change; how about europe where people speak more than 2 languages, very admirable try and learn a new language oly makes you smarter.

Love everybody.
steven

AOL

#34 May 29, 2008
You should not be able to get a customer service job if you cant speak the language. Yes I am Hispanic but this is what I believe. If you don’t like it go back to your country.
buster

United States

#35 May 29, 2008
Loralyn wrote:
I could rant forever in opposition to the foreigner's and Spanish speaking community's attitude toward language. Instead of that I will just say this:
I would NEVER travel to Japan, Turkey, Chile, Russia, even Cuba and expect them to learn English so that I may communicate with them. I would take it as my priority and responsibility to learn their customs, their beliefs, their language. I would never take over their land and expect them to cater to me.
I feel like it's pure laziness and ignorance when individuals immigrate to America and neglect to learn english.
It's so aggravating when spanish speakers get frustrated with me and yell at me because I don't speak their language.
I support immigration, especially when its in effort to better your life, but do not move to a foreign land and demand that people learn your language so that YOU may live easier.
So much for not ranting. But, this issue is huge and needs to be addressed.
you answered your own question lazy end of story
Betty Sue

Miami, FL

#36 May 29, 2008
PinkGirl 106 wrote:
Build a wall and block off Miami from the rest of the State. No decent white person would want to live there!!
I am an extremely decent white person and I live in Miami. Based on your comment PinkGirl, you are not so decent. Shame on you.
Former So Floridian

Redwood City, CA

#37 May 29, 2008
We left South Florida last year. There are a lot of things that I miss; however, the language issue is something I definitely don't miss.

My family immigrated to the United States in the 60's, and it never occurred to them that they would not need to become fluent in speaking, reading and writing English. Over the years we spent several years on business assignment, living in foreign countries and we always tried to adapt to the host country's culture and language.

I encourage everyone to embrace their ethnicity, but one must make the effort to assimilate with the language of the land that you live in. In South FL the issue is more than language. It's an arrogance.
S Rosenfeld

Hialeah, FL

#38 May 29, 2008
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "We have one language here, and that is the English language, and we intend to see that the [assimilation] crucible turns our people out as Americans."
Refusal to speak, read and write English is an absolute travesty. I am a long-term resident of Florida and a legal American citizen. Due to a corporate layoff, I am seeking new employment as an Executive Assistant. I cannot submit my resume to approximately one-third to three-quarters of the job postings in my area because I don’t speak Spanish fluently. Ironically, I majored in Spanish Language and Literature in college and while I can claim some level of proficiency, I am not fully bilingual. I was recently turned down for two separate interviews with a nationally and internationally known financial services corporation for this very reason. I received a call from a temp agency the same day and was offered a low-level position with a bilingual requirement. It's quite upsetting to suddenly discover that not only can I not access an interview for a plum job that I am well-qualified for otherwise, but I don't qualify for a low-level $10/hour temporary support position either. I know that employers have the right to set qualifications for jobs, so it's not "true" discrimination. However, what exactly do we call it since fair opportunities for non-bilingual citizens seem to be vanishing in South Florida?
I want to know why I am being penalized because an ethnic population (legal or otherwise) relocates to North America and refuses or is permitted to reject assimilation into our culture. I am deeply resentful that our leadership continues to favor the rights of those that relocate to America over the rights of the citizens that have lived here for decades. The creation, further development and perpetuation of two separate Americas is appalling, infuriating and reprehensible. It’s wrong. Why is forced bilingualism becoming normal in South Florida - especially when you consider that English is the official state language?( http://www.proenglish.org/states/florida.htm ) I am losing fair access to job opportunities and as a result, I am now the one being discriminated against.
On a national level, perhaps you can bring attention to the suit that was filed by the EEOC against the Salvation Army for firing two workers that were unable to learn to speak English on the job:
http://www.proenglish.org/issues/workplace/sa...
Additionally, let's bring attention to the Mexican Truck Drivers:
ARLINGTON, VA – ProEnglish, an Arlington, Va.-based national organization that advocates for official English, released a letter to President Bush today, urging him to order U.S. Department of Transportation to stop allowing Mexican truck drivers involved in the NAFTA demonstration project to demonstrate their “proficiency in English” by answering questions in Spanish.
Let's also talk about the immigration amendments that were amended to the Iraq funding bill that in no way required potential amnesty recipients to speak English:
http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer
I can't understand why our legislators and other "groups in power" continue to chip away at my rights. It's sad to wake up and one day discover that forced biligualism has become the norm in South Florida.
Don't even get me started on the illegal immigration issue. No one is listening anyway.
Angela

Miami, FL

#39 May 29, 2008
I think it is disgusting.. People You Live in America,
learn the language.

I hate shopping in any store, since, everyone assumes I speak Spanish, which, in my opinon, is so rude....Speak English first, then Spanish or whatever language you want to speak.
Jerry Kaye

Hollywood, FL

#40 May 29, 2008
Schools in Europe require students to learn English as well as their native language. When will the schools here require students to be FLUENT in a second language? I've traveled the world and the first thing I learn is how to say "Thank you" in the country I'm in. I wish I learned more that just English in school. What a different world it would be.
Loralyn

Homestead, FL

#41 May 29, 2008
buster wrote:
<quoted text>you answered your own question lazy end of story
It wasn't a question, it was a statement of my opinion and belief.

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