I’m the guy that which does Love and Capes.
perfect summary of average American response to foreign nationals not speaking English.
In France , we don’t say “graduation”(except for measurement marks) but “remise des diplômes”.
I’m dying @ Quincy.
Dunno if gyffes’ statement is particularly accurate where HE’S from, but I’ve lived all over the US and any large city has people speaking half a dozen languages. We don’t even speak the same English on most of the east coast. The street signs in Virginia Beach are in French and English simply because Canada loves the beach. Half of Phoenix speaks Spanish.
A surprising amount of Philadelphia speaks Chinese and Korean.
The same people who like to assume ‘the French can’t fight’ and ‘all Germans are control freaks’ assumes the ENTIRE US is filled with homogenous ignorant assholes even though we have been from the very beginning a nation of inclusion that perpetually learns and even yearns to include more in the face of government resistance.
The actions of your rulers are not the actions of your people
Unfortunately, In ten years everyone else in the world will assume we all enjoy spying too.
I tend to agree with what Syncline said here. I think Thom is just portraying Quincy as being particularly thick-headed, because most Americans are not that dumb. But then again, you occasionally hear news stories about some American high school students not being able to find their own country on a map, and I do start to wonder.
I think that in this instance it IS about Quincy being the thick (or should I say “ze theek”?), arrogant ass he normally is.
That was Quincy being Quincy, not an indictment on all Americans, although, there are plenty of us out there like that. That said, I believe in speaking the language of the country you’re in, so French if in France, Spanish in Spain/Mexico/nearly all South American countries, English in England, oh, and English in *freaking America*. My daddy was an illegal, but he learned English before coming across the river. We’re the only country on earth, I’ll bet, where you don’t have to speak the language to get by on a permanent basis.
Thank you, Jesse! I live in South Florida, only about 2 hours away from Miami – which is not really part of our country anymore. The languages spoken there make it linguistically part Latin America, part Haiti. If I moved to a different country, I would respect the people there and learn the language. But the amount of people who’ve moved here from somewhere else and lived here their ENTIRE LIVES without learning to speak English is astounding.
If I moved to a different country, I would respect the people there and learn the language.
And just how many Native American languages do you know?
Presumably Saeko didn’t move to the US but was born here, hence his knowing English since that’s the dominant language of this country and not any of the Native American languages, and he does have a point that if you’re going to move to and make a different country your permanent residence you should actually learn the language of that country rather than expecting them to learn yours. Not just because it’s the decent and respectful thing to do but because not speaking the local language puts you at a major disadvantage in a variety of ways from trying to find work to getting help in an emergency (because it would be foolish in the extreme to expect emergency personnel to be multilingual and delays in communication can be the difference between living or dying).
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