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Two-pronged growth: Survey finds more in El Paso learn English

There are 35 comments on the El Paso Times story from Dec 14, 2010, titled Two-pronged growth: Survey finds more in El Paso learn English. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

A crew works on a Tropicana home Tuesday in far east El Paso. Census Bureau estimates find that some areas on the East Side are growing dramatically.

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reader

El Paso, TX

#1 Dec 14, 2010
everyone in el paso is learning english, but why can't ramon renteria learn english?
Joe

United States

#2 Dec 15, 2010
Learning "where is the welfare office" isn't enough. Everyone knows Spanish also if knowing one or two words means you know it.
RocketScientist

Arlington, VA

#3 Dec 15, 2010
Over all good news for El Paso. The only concerning issue I see is the drop in median household income. That probably stems from several things including the large influx of Mexican nationals crossing over fleeing the violence in Juarez...
desert rat

United States

#4 Dec 15, 2010
El Paso is a very unique city and like no other in The US. Hispanics have are very Americanized but we do have many Mexican Nationals and Mexico right next door. Business is very good and we must not complain as we had our share of bad luck in the early eighties. As a teacher we must preserve our culture and language regardless of these new laws to kick out illegals, lets concentrate on getting out the best bilingual professionals that we can and let the city keep on growing.
boulevard89

Lindsborg, KS

#5 Dec 15, 2010
The last time I looked we were in the U.S. and ENGLISH is and should be our primary language, folks! El Paso is the only place in the U.S. that allows all these Juarenses to try and force patrons @ Restaurants and retail stores to speak their language instead of ours and we stupidly follow by abliging.
boulevard89

Lindsborg, KS

#6 Dec 15, 2010
Bu tje way desert rat, no doubt you are a mexican national whose parents brought you over to the U.S. for a better life yet you do not appreciate what this country and has done for you and turn your back on it by speaking primarily Spanish. You hippocrit IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY GO BACK TO MEXICO.!
wtf

Wichita, KS

#7 Dec 15, 2010
They might know English but they don't speak it and they are catered to by others in Spanish. If you can't speak Spanish it makes it harder to find a job. Instead of making them learn English they make you learn Spanish. English is the laguage of the United States...but that makes you a Racist if you say that.
desert rat

United States

#8 Dec 15, 2010
boulevard89 wrote:
The last time I looked we were in the U.S. and ENGLISH is and should be our primary language, folks! El Paso is the only place in the U.S. that allows all these Juarenses to try and force patrons @ Restaurants and retail stores to speak their language instead of ours and we stupidly follow by abliging.
I have a degree in English and I love to speak Spanish with my friends and family, you people are so dam afraid of going to school and learning it is shame. Both parties do not know on what they are missing when they open the door of literacy. I have a friend that just learned Spanish and he said he is amazed at how his world has opened wider and he does not regret learning another language. It is the lazy people who are stuck on not learning that suffer. Spanish will be spoken in Texas for a very long, long time.
jtex

El Paso, TX

#9 Dec 15, 2010
You must be kidding. You hardly hear anyone in El Paso talking
English. I wonder who took that survey. It sure wasn't here in El Paso
JRMaynard3

El Paso, TX

#10 Dec 15, 2010
desert rat wrote:
<quoted text>I have a degree in English and I love to speak Spanish with my friends and family, you people are so dam afraid of going to school and learning it is shame. Both parties do not know on what they are missing when they open the door of literacy. I have a friend that just learned Spanish and he said he is amazed at how his world has opened wider and he does not regret learning another language. It is the lazy people who are stuck on not learning that suffer. Spanish will be spoken in Texas for a very long, long time.
I, too, have a degree in English, but at least my grammar and writing skills reflect it. Yours are piss-poor. Go back and proof-read your comments before you post them. If you're a teacher in El Paso, I feel sorry for your students. Then again, the "dumbing-down" of El Paso started long before you earned that degree.
Jane

Monument, CO

#11 Dec 15, 2010
While learning Spanish is most certainly a plus while living in Hispanic majority sanctuary enclaves here in the U.S., English is still the universal business language. While I am tri-lingual and my successful business deals with people all over the world, the language we all use to communicate is English and not Spanish. Ditto with friends that own successful businesses in other countries, English is used and not Spanish.
I have German friends (in Germany) that deal with businesses in Spain and the language they use? English.
no habla

Seminole, FL

#12 Dec 15, 2010
English...where? In EP, LOL...Please...Spanish is first spoken, I answer in English, get a look, and they still proceed with Spanish. What gives? It's disrespectful to proceed with the language of their choice. It may be easier for them, but I like to speak English. Then it gets worse by speaking Spanlish or "pocho". They act like they don't know, but they do. Yes, were on the border, but the "no se" should stop. Being bilingual is good, but cut the crap with the language games.
Proud Hispanic American

Fort Worth, TX

#13 Dec 15, 2010
Then why is 9 out of every 10 people I encounter on the streets of El Paso speaking Spanish? This is so much B.S.!!
Moe

El Paso, TX

#14 Dec 15, 2010
Poverty level on the increase, you don't have to be a college professor to figure out that the steady increase of taxes has hlep speed this process up. Rest assure that the county will do the 7.99% and the city is drooling again to raise taxes.
As for speaking English that is a laugh I agree you hear more Spanish spoken than English.
Rocker

El Paso, TX

#15 Dec 15, 2010
Where was the survey taken? Look at the evidence around town. Look at our schools both students and teachers including UTEP. Who is learning to write and speak English correctly? Better take another survey.
Bob Oso

United States

#16 Dec 15, 2010
Wow, I am truly laughing out loud!!!

I believe, based on what I have experienced, that it is getting worse out there. You cannot drive through a fast food drive-thru today without having to spell out what you are ordering, because the person on the other end has difficulty understanding what you are ordering in English. I cannot understand why they continually hire non-English speaking individuals to serve at nationally known establishments here in El Paso.

It sucks dammit!! I truly hope all those damn Mexicans that are moving into El Paso, at least, try to learn English.((WISHFUL THINKING, I RECKON))

Adios, LOL

Bob Oso
SB14U

El Paso, TX

#17 Dec 15, 2010
In the grand scheme of things we might very well be at the epicenter of the Spangilsh culture. Change is inevitable, resistance is futile.
Dee

El Paso, TX

#18 Dec 15, 2010
Proud Hispanic American wrote:
Then why is 9 out of every 10 people I encounter on the streets of El Paso speaking Spanish? This is so much B.S.!!
What ever even happened to the customer is always right??? If I am the consumer wanting to use your product, company, store, etc and I speak to you in English then English it is! Out of respect for your 'prospective customer' speak the language the customer uses. You cannot change El Paso into Juarez, sorry there are too many of us home grown El Pasoans!
hard to believe it

Torreón, Mexico

#19 Dec 15, 2010
never been to el paso but i knew it's so unlikely to hear english speaking folks over there ep gotta be like juarez
Vote them Out

El Paso, TX

#20 Dec 15, 2010
Interesting statistics.

Nothing new though when it comes to where are city ranks compared to other parts of the country.

Nothing new when you have the same inept political party in Control of elpaso.

Nothing new when you have the same arrogant political party in Control of the county.

Nothing new when you have the same political party in Control of Our money and Our taxes.

Nothing new when you have the same blind fools running for office over and over and over again.

Don't believe the Lies they tell you that they are for the Poor and that they are for the people.

Don't believe the Mayor when he smiles and says everything is Ok.

They are full of BuLL-Shittt

Signed,
Conservative Mexican

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