Interstellar Adventures

November 29, 2005

Bilingualization

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:14 am

Dangit. I had a whole rant going here, and I lost it. Maybe that’s for the best.

I’m trying to figure out if I’m just hyper-sensitive to this, or if I actually have a leg to stand on in this arguement. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the United States, and we do speak English here, right? I mean, they teach in English in the schools, English is the de facto business language, English is the de facto language of government. The US doesn’t have an ‘official’ language, but many states have adopted English as such.

So why does it irritate me that the menus in my local IHOP are printed in English with Spansih sub-titles. Why does it make me mad that Target has aisle signs in English and Spanish and does announcements in both languages? And the one that really blows me away is the idea that we come up with a mandate that principals speak Spanish. They don’t have to be proficient mind you, just understand those with limited English skills. Teachers of ESL don’t even have to speak Spanish. That makes no sense to me.

I think that if someone comes to this country to live and work, then they should learn the language. Come here to better yourself, learn new skills, build a life, and make progress. But those that come here just to work and send money home and are here illegally? Well, why should we accommodate that?

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