i saw a guy at the grocery store wearing a shirt that said "welcome to america... now speak english!" it really got me thinking, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to wear a shirt that says that? do you not realize that like 90% of americas original citizens were immigrants and did not speak english? man i hate ignorant people.

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Sat, 06/25/2011 - 5:20am

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Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:12am
levonnovel Says:
 
 
Tue, 07/26/2011 - 3:49am
jambajorge Says:
 
 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 3:24am

One of my friends was like "Man, my whole family has always spoken English. Why the fuck can't those damn Mexicans learn to speak it if they come here!" And I was really dude? Rude. Do you have any part of your family that is Irish? She was like "Yeah" and I was like "Well shut the fuck up then because the Irish spoke Gaelic!"

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:06am
Doogal.007 Says:

But those people learned English. I have no problem with illegal immigrants, but if you're going to come to America to live and work please speak English. I wouldn't go to Germany to live without learning how to speak German.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:50am

You don't have a problem with illegal immigrants? I sure don't enjoy paying for their anchor babies to be born here.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 5:29pm
Doogal.007 Says:

They are just tryin to earn a living and have a better life, I don't see a problem with that

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 3:04am
mischa2793 Says:

I saw that sticker on the back of a huge truck the other day. And they were flying a confederate flag with the word "POWER" emblazoned across it.

Ugh.

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 7:04am
 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:42pm
 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 4:25pm

Every country in the world requires residents to speak the common language. A lot of countries teach multiple languages in school tho.
Part of coming into a new country is adopting the new culture as your own.

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 7:16pm

Or trashing that new culture and forcing the natives to give up the land they live on...
gotta love amurica.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:03am

haha dude i'd read up on my history, america has never "accepted cultures" we've fucked over so many "aboriginal" peoples.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:18am
Highbrd Says:

Different times man. We wouldn't do that now to people but it seriously was just a different time period and people just wanted more land. Indians weren't always friendly to us either but I get where your coming from cause it was their homeland and shit. Yeah haha it's wack idk.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:51am

A) what do you think we're doing in the middle east? B) if i guy shoves a gun in your face and says "get the fuck out or i'll shoot you" you wouldn't be too happy either bucko.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:52am

He wouldn't be happy first, because I'd shoot him first lol

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 4:45am

What we're [attempting] to do is give these middle easterners freedoms we enjoy in america
The Problem is people dont want to change because they fail to see their ways are wrong

America has its flaws, but there.. its just chaos

 
 
Sun, 08/21/2011 - 4:38pm

dude fuck the usa, i don't feel free at all.

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 7:21pm

I can speak english, spanish and french. I plan on learning (at least) italian and some arabic, and maybe even mandarin.
I think people should learn new languages for the sake of learning new languages, as well as learning about the culture and history around the language
but that's only an opinion, I find it pretty rude to tell people that they have to learn a language.
Upset you can't understand them? Learn their language. It clearly upsets you more than it upsets them and they have every right to choose to learn or not to learn a new language.
Both of my parents are immigrants who haven't even been in this country 20 years and my dad choose to learn english but my mom couldn't because of having children and working all night.
Like most immigrants, she eventually picked it up
but, naturally, would rather speak her own language if she can and enough people speak spanish here that that isn't really a problem

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:52am

mad respect dude, i can't even fathom being bi-lingual, much less tri or more. crazyy

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:31pm
i-quit Says:

Also, the majority of America doesn't speak English, there are South American countries as well, the ignorant fuck.
America =/= USA

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:53am
 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:38pm

Silly American's. All men are created equal...you know...only if you are white, own land, and speak english. Makes sense...right? No.

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:44pm

i think it's a reasonable expectation that to be an american citizen, you need to have a good command of the english language. the constitution, our laws, legal documents, etc. are written in english, and in order for civic institutions to run efficiently people need to be able to communicate with each other. likewise, if you are emigrating to ANY country, you should make an effort to learn the language & adopt at least some of the culture (e.g., you wouldn't move to france and expect to get by without knowing any french).

that being said, i think americans don't make enough of an effort to learn additional languages, but i think a lot of this has to do with our geography. for example, europeans have a reputation for knowing at least one or two languages in addition to their native language, but europe's borders & culture of unity (the European Union, the euro currency, easy travel to other countries nearby) encourage language learning. all of america's diversity is internal and is a result of immigration, so over time, people tend to assimilate rather than diversify, even if their family speaks another language at home or they learn a heritage language as a way to feel connected to their ancestors.

but generally, i agree. people wearing t-shirts & bumper stickers with slogans like that are just crass.

 
 
Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:45pm

ps, sorry for writing a fucking NOVEL.
i'm a linguistics major so languages are my jam

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:33am
 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 3:09am

You're a G, funemployed. Let's make a baby or two, yeah?

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 9:34am
 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:13am
AckiJay Says:

my question is if you can't speak english, how the fuck are you supposed to read the shirt?

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:05am
 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:24am

my whole families and immigrant from mexico, me being 1st generation here. they all learned english by living here jus like every other immigrants. its sad that people could be so ignorant, english is by far the hardest language to learn, due to alot of improper grammar and such,, i give props to my whole family for learning it without going to school, and fluently.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:33am

wordd, im a first generation mexican american tooo, with a little bit of brazilian mixed in.

My parents deserve a fucking medal for learning english fluently in their 30s. Fucking hard. I've been around Spanish all my life and am just barely conversational.

edit: woahhhh, we're both from San Diego :)

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:57am

i agree, props to your family for learning a new language without direct instruction. it's tough to do.
but i just wanna point out that the difficulty of a new language is all relative to the language family of your native language. that's why spanish speakers tend to have an easier time picking up italian, because they're both romance languages, or german speakers have an easier time picking up english, because they're both germanic languages.
some people might find english tough because a lot of vocabulary words are borrowed from dozens of other languages, but there's nothing improper about english grammar. all grammar systems have their own rules to follow.
sorry, i'm not trying to be a nosey know-it-all, just sharing (hopefully interesting) information.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:57am

I hope your whole families came here legally, otherwise you are what is referred to as an anchor baby lol

 
 
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 5:48am

an anchor baby is a baby who was born to a lady or man who married an american to become a citizen. both my parents are mexican

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:26am

As a sociology/anthropology double major, culture and the retention of culture is extremely important. The problem with being from the United States is that we tend to think that our country is somehow separate or different from other countries in the world. There are over 250 ethnic subcultures in China. While the Han Chinese are the most populous of these groups, unfortunately their language, culture, and other specifities such as physical appearance and social customs have become the dominant American perspective of what it means to be 'Chinese'.

While I do agree that having a decent command of the english language would be incredibly beneficial to anyone wanting to emigrate to the United States, celebrating specifities and the uniqueness of all cultures and ethnic groups within the country is a win-win situation for everyone.

Wouldnt it suck if every other country thought that Americans were all just ignorant rednecks? Wait....
It would be awesome if we could accept and value everyone's culture like we do our own and just appreciate everyone!

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 11:15am

Agreed,
and its because its too easy for americans to believe what theyre told cuz (no offense) but for the most part we're lazy and just eat what we're given (metaphor)
And all other countries for the most part wouldnt see us as rednecks. As it is , they see us as crazy, wild life individuals that over-focus on entertainment.
I third the motion of having the same dialect amongst all races but to decide what language would be to decide what religion. Nobody Will back down,

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:35am

If you come to America (which by the way is now a 200+ year old country with the National Language being English) you should make an attempt to learn the language. Same with an American moving to Germany, he/she should learn German.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:10am

It would be easier for people who speak English to learn German though. Where as English is harder to learn if you speak Spanish and Spanish is difficult to learn if you speak English.

 
 
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 6:27pm

Fine. A person moving to China should try to learn Chinese. Better? It doesn't matter where you're going, you should learn the language so that communication is possible.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:08pm
wojnd9 Says:

Actually the USA has no official language so people can speak whatever the fuck they want. Who cares?

 
 
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 6:26pm

National Language, not Official Language. I care. Being able to communicate is a pretty important thing.

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:44am
teddypat4 Says:

dude.... the people that came over spoke engligh. not the indians dumbshit

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:06am
 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:05am

it just throws me off hearing a bunch of different languages all the time. I just wana know what people are trying to say :/

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 1:31am

It's actually similar in other countries. When I went to Poland and went to a store, I tried my best to speak what I knew but I was born here and it came out funny/obviously american. I then heard them talking about how I'm such an "American" and I come to their country and can't even speak the language correctly even though I'm polish.

Same thing when I went to Mexico with my friend. We were at the hotel restaurant and I ordered some food, I (stupidly) tried to see if the Spanish classes I took would help me at all in ordering food and I ended up just fucking it up and said it in English. My friend overheard a few workers talking and laughing at what an American I am and cant learn a little Spanish.

I wasn't that mad in either situation but I thought I'd share the info. :)

 
 
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 2:47am

How could they read the shirt if they couldn't speak english?