In Miami, Spanish is becoming the pri...

In Miami, Spanish is becoming the primary language

There are 687 comments on the Newsday story from May 29, 2008, titled In Miami, Spanish is becoming the primary language. In it, Newsday reports that:

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

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liner

Bronx, NY

#1 May 29, 2008
If you don't think America is on it's way to becoming a third world country in about 20 years, think again.
Neighbor

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 May 29, 2008
This nation is scr#wed BIG time. South Florida & Southern California are harbingers of what is to come for the rest of the country.
I live in South Florida it is definitely a 3rd world country. Not only are the illegal immigrants unwilling to learn English, they're unwilling to assimilate at ALL, demanding entitlement at every level. They're leeching parasites & politicians are unwilling to address the issue, preferring to pretend it doesn't exist.
I have to keep my roof clean of mildew, or I am cited by Code Enforcement, but there is no restriction on how many people can reside in one residence. Just try to figure that logic out.
I can't wait to retire in a couple of years to get the h*ll out of here & leave the asylum to the inmates.
Abner Garcia

Erie, PA

#4 May 29, 2008
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
MCR

Canton, OH

#5 May 29, 2008
I can understand medical and police being bilingual but, other than that immigrants should have to learn english.
Not being able to get a job because you are an american that only speaks english is ludigrous. Of course we are talking Florida here...they can't do anything right.

“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#7 May 29, 2008
MCR wrote:
I can understand medical and police being bilingual but, other than that immigrants should have to learn english.
Not being able to get a job because you are an american that only speaks english is ludigrous. Of course we are talking Florida here...they can't do anything right.
...can you say "hanging chad"?
Neighbor

Austin, TX

#8 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia wrote:
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
Applying that logic, then I ought to get busy learning Chinese, Russian, Yiddish, French, Italian, Spanish, German (high & low), Creole, etc. If I moved to someone else's country, I would learn their language.
I would also work hard to support myself and show my gratitude to my adopted country, like the original Cubans who moved to Miami.
I would not be an elitist, self-entitled parasite like 98% of the illegals.
American Dream

Cleveland, OH

#9 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia, one question, did we go to you or did you come to us? As Neighbor said, we are a melting pot or at least we used to be, and that means there are loads of different nationalities and thus languages all coming together in America. It only makes sense that we would aspire to a "Common" language so we could all interact with one another. I used the term melting pot, and in reality it is a term that is not used any longer because of peoples' attitudes these days where they do not assimilate and become Americans, but instead hold onto their culture and their ways and now expect Americans to come their way, not the other way around. Guess what, this is the tip of that proverbial iceberg.
liner

Bronx, NY

#10 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia wrote:
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
NEWSFLASH to Abner: English might not be the most important language in the world, but it IS the most important language in the United States! Don't like that? Don't let the door hit you in the as, my friend.
Donny Baker

Erie, PA

#11 May 29, 2008
SoCal was that way 20 years ago when I left.
Gregg

Erie, PA

#12 May 29, 2008
If i went to france, i would have to speak to them in french. If i went to china, i would have to speak chinese. If i went to germany, i would have to speak german. Yet when someone comes to the US, the citizens are expected to cator to the visitor and learn their language. GIVE ME A BREAK. Politicians in this country are weak.

“say what you mean...”

Since: Nov 07

and mean what you say.

#13 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia wrote:
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
i think it is YOUR view that is distorted.
lawful

Brooklyn, NY

#18 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia wrote:
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
You are simply lazy and obviously ignornant. It is America, not Hispania. Learn English - or maybe you can't
Unkewl

North Olmsted, OH

#19 May 29, 2008
Lol bringing up indians , I hada good laugh on that one. If you still see usa the same as when we first formed you have issues <,< When I was in hawaii I had 2 friends that dint speak english, we still got along , hung out, played games. Language is only a barrier if you want it to be. On another note , I think sign language would be a good all around language for everyone to learn no ?
Donny Baker

Erie, PA

#20 May 29, 2008
TTT wrote:
<quoted text>
__________
You see?
You "english-only" people are quiters!
The first thing you all do is leave!
Well then, leave!(and in the words of a previous poster, don't let the door hit you--you know where)
You are leaving!
GOOD!
I didn't leave, only moved to where it was easier to live and a MUCH better place to raise my family.
You must be high

Chicago, IL

#21 May 29, 2008
TTT wrote:
<quoted text>
__________
As for a common language, what do you think all the Spanish speakers are doing, aiming for?
Get used to it!
Yeah, good luck with that one. After hundreds of years of people from all over coming here and learning English, we're going to switch, as a country, to Spanish? Not in your lifetime, buddy. Lawmakers are going to grow some balls way before that.

As another poster pointed out, if I moved to China, Germany, or Norway, I'd have to first, do it legally, and second, learn the language. I wouldn't think of breaking their laws, as millions of our southerly neighbors have done to us.

Not sure what you are smoking, but by all means, carry on.

“Happy Guinness Christmas !”

Since: Dec 07

(J)ust (E)nd (T)he (S)eason

#22 May 29, 2008
If there's enough hot latino women around the city, who cares what language they speak
carolina

Edison, NJ

#23 May 29, 2008
Pretty disgusting I say. You come to a country, you learn their language. This country-the language is English. I blame the government for this. Too easy NOT to speak English here.
carolina

Edison, NJ

#24 May 29, 2008
TTT wrote:
<quoted text>
__________
...but you are right about one thing.
It is only the tip of the iceberg!
No---tip of the /'aisber/(ICE-bear) or /'aisberg/
In Spanish!!
Edward

Lorain, OH

#27 May 29, 2008
In any large latino area, you only need to know two phrases: another beer, please; are those real?
Ashley

Southington, CT

#30 May 29, 2008
Abner Garcia wrote:
I find it interesting to see that you interviewed very few of the actual Latin Americans who live in Miami and everyone interviewed have the same distorted view that this is an English speaking country. I wonder if you would write this story about Chinatown in NY or any other ethnically centered community. That the Hispanic Community has come to dominate Miami is a direct result of bigotted English-speaking people who don't think it's that important to learn someone else's language. News flash: English is not the most important language in the world. Miami has become a Hispanic community by your choice to leave and not adapt to a bilingual nation not by elitism of Hispanics.
Why should I have to learn spanish? So I can communicate with people who refuse to learn English? I dont think so and never will. They came here, let them learn the lanugage simple as that!!! I was BORN IN THE USA!!! If I was to go live in another country I would make sure I learned their language, just to make my life easier. You know, I'm Italian, I want press 1 for Italian I want signs and instructions to be printed in Italian. I EXPECT Americans to bend over backwards cause my stupid ass refuses to learn ENGLISH
Give me a break.
Give me a break!

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