Some NY immigrants cite lack of Spanish as barrier

May 28, 2011 Full story: The Boston Globe 35

Cornelia Aguilar needs help when she goes to the doctor or when her co-workers at a nail salon call her on the phone.

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Concerned

Chihuahua, Mexico

#21 May 28, 2011
How about trespasser. If you are on anyones property illegally you are trespassing, right? I am in Mexico with all my documents. So maybe I am a documented passer, as upposed to undocumented trespasser. I think just undocumented alien sounds good. If seems that when you hear the word illegal immigrant anymore the first thing you think of is a Mexican national. So maybe it needs to be changed like they changed Ciudad Juarez to Heroic Juarez. Naw!! I give up.

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#22 May 28, 2011
Lingual wrote:
A person who speaks two languages: bilingual
A person who speaks three languages: trilingual
A person who speaks one language: American
Most of US are not barbarians to uphold the injusttce
Some are there to repudiade the views of majority
Been Telling You

Fort Worth, TX

#23 May 28, 2011
I have absolutely no potty for anyone that comes to MY country and cries because there is a language barrier. Go back home if it is so hard for you. The Mexicans are the only people we seem to bend over backwards for and WHY? The Germans, Italians, Russians, Asians, and many more people that came to this great country worked hard to learn ENGLISH and learn our countries ways without the constant complaining that the poor little Mexicans seem to do. Again! Go home!!
Been Telling You

Fort Worth, TX

#24 May 28, 2011
Excuse me, I meant pity.

Since: Jun 08

Woodbridge, VA

#25 May 29, 2011
When I went to Quebec a couple times in one summer for some events, I was told I would hate it. If I left the tourist areas, I would be ridiculed and treated poorly. Well, my husband spoke some French at the time (after decades of not needing it, he forgot most of it) and taught me enough. I also took the initiative to learn when I could. I made every attempt to do what I could and was apologetic because I was struggling. I found the people in Quebec - even the ones way outside the tourist areas where I was more than friendly! I asked one person why I was being treated differently than the other tourists.(It was obvious) I was told it was because I showed them respect and was trying to learn French - even for a short couple trips. Gee, Amazing huh? You show respect you are treated nicely!

My Grandmother spoke two languages - add a third when she came to the US.

It is also a safety thing: what if the couple officers or firefighters who respond to your 911 call do not speak your native tongue? It is not just a polite and what should be done. It is a safety thing.

And we are making it worse by making everything bilingual. What if the huge Korean population in my area demanded the same as the Hispanics/Latinos are getting? We also have a very high Middle Eastern population where I am... I am seriously waiting for every immigrant group to demand the same ah... Concessions???? We give to Hispanics.

For me, even if you are just travelling for a few days, common courtesy says you learn enough to get by and then if you move there, you really make the effort to communicate fully.

I remember watching an elderly Loatian gentleman at my local grocery struggling to speak English. He was making every attempt but just losing a couple words in translation. The clerk (a real jerk at the store) was teasing him for not speaking English - come on, this man was trying far harder than any Hispanic that comes in! The older man was pushing tears he was trying so hard. I finally stepped in. I was livid. Here we had a man who was trying and the person who should have helped was ridiculing him - yet I have also seen this jerk bend over backwards for a couple Latinas (and this jerk is not Hispanic).

At least the Loatian gentleman was making a serious attempt!

We need to declare a national language and encourage people to learn English instead of bending over backwards to ensure that there is evern any need to learn English. I am not talking using a translator for courts or a hospital where clarity and understanding is really needed. I am talking in every day life. It also gets expensive and time consuming to do everything twice.
annie

Naperville, IL

#26 May 29, 2011
The Real American wrote:
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Illegal immigrants, illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants, undocumented Americans whatever euphemism or dysphemism you choose to use the fact remains that they've all violated todays immigration law.
So what do you feel everyone should call them?
We should call them gone
annie

Naperville, IL

#27 May 29, 2011
Concerned wrote:
How about trespasser. If you are on anyones property illegally you are trespassing, right? I am in Mexico with all my documents. So maybe I am a documented passer, as upposed to undocumented trespasser. I think just undocumented alien sounds good. If seems that when you hear the word illegal immigrant anymore the first thing you think of is a Mexican national. So maybe it needs to be changed like they changed Ciudad Juarez to Heroic Juarez. Naw!! I give up.
Could it be we think of Hispanics when we think of illegal aliens becasue the greater majority of them are Hispanic. It's statistics not racial profiling.
annie

Naperville, IL

#28 May 29, 2011
Been Telling You wrote:
I have absolutely no potty for anyone that comes to MY country and cries because there is a language barrier. Go back home if it is so hard for you. The Mexicans are the only people we seem to bend over backwards for and WHY? The Germans, Italians, Russians, Asians, and many more people that came to this great country worked hard to learn ENGLISH and learn our countries ways without the constant complaining that the poor little Mexicans seem to do. Again! Go home!!
We cater to Mexicans because George Soros is funding his new world order that will eliminte the middle class. We are being undercut in wages from the poor and taxed by the rich so the middle class is being hit both ways. Soros pours millions into the media, politicians etc to satisfy his "new World Order" aganda. He wants the poor, illiterate Mexicans here; serves his purpose.
FLAPATRIOT

United States

#29 Jun 3, 2011
Proud Mexican wrote:
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Sadly true..... When I relocated to Mexico.... It was LEARN spanish... sink or swim honey!( BTW learning was a bitch!:S )
So you actually took it upon yourself to learn the language of the country you moved to. Did you demand that mexico make it easy for you to assimilate. Did you demand to take your drivers license exam in english rather than spanish? All I can say is good for you for having enough decency to respect the nation you now live in and in your effort to become more like it's citizens, rather than imposing on them to become more like you.
FLAPATRIOT

United States

#30 Jun 3, 2011
annie wrote:
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We cater to Mexicans because George Soros is funding his new world order that will eliminte the middle class. We are being undercut in wages from the poor and taxed by the rich so the middle class is being hit both ways. Soros pours millions into the media, politicians etc to satisfy his "new World Order" aganda. He wants the poor, illiterate Mexicans here; serves his purpose.
Anne...just remember one thing....our founding fathers were smart enough to write the second amendment. It will be the AMERICAN PATRIOT and not the American politician who saves this nation from the George Soros's of the world. Soros and his group are pushing hard to disarm the American people. It is too late for that. Neatly 100 million American own over 350 million firearms. Since Oblunder was elected nearly 1.2 million AR15's have been purchased and over 1 billion bullets were sold in America in 2010. Soro's does not stand a chance at succeding.Thankfully more and more Americans like yourself have been waking up to this. The rich don't tax us. The top 5% of wage earners in this country pay more than 80% of the taxes collected by the treasury. It is the bottom 51% of the wage earners that don't pay any taxes and with the EIC they actually get more back than they paid into the system.Soro's keeps his money offshore in Curacao.

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#31 Jun 6, 2011
I observe the world( not excluding Obama's world) and I come to the consclussion the banal life.
Death is far better than the birth.
I mean in some part of the globe

Since: Jul 08

Bethel, CT

#32 Aug 1, 2011
Lingual wrote:
A person who speaks two languages: bilingual
A person who speaks three languages: trilingual
A person who speaks one language: American
If you can't speak English and don't want to learn it, don't come to America. Believe me you won't be missed.
LOL

Belle Glade, FL

#33 Aug 1, 2011
CTYankee wrote:
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If you can't speak English and don't want to learn it, don't come to America. Believe me you won't be missed.
Soon, everyone in America will need to speak Spanish!

Since: Jul 08

Bethel, CT

#34 Aug 1, 2011
LOL wrote:
<quoted text> Soon, everyone in America will need to speak Spanish!
Not if the government gets around to tossing out all the illegal immigrants.
FLAPATRIOT

Miami, FL

#35 Aug 1, 2011
LOL wrote:
<quoted text> Soon, everyone in America will need to speak Spanish!
No..that time will never come...the time is comming when if you don't speak english you will not survive in AMERICA

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