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Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?

 
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Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Most Brits aren't bilingual. Most Australians aren't bilingual. Most New Zealanders aren't bilingual. A lot of white South Africans probably speak that Afrikaans gibberish, but only completely out of necessity. Most Jamaicans speak their incoherent version of English only. Most native English speakers in Canada only speak English. If they learn any French, it's just incidental, the same way Americans in the southwest naturally pick up some Spanish phrases here and there.

But the pattern is clear. For the last two or two and a half centuries English has been a sort of neutral international language of commerce and politics. Don't blame us Americans; blame the empire for whom the sun never set.

But yeah, why look at things in a reasonable way when there's the opportunity at hand to single out Americans and bash us for a complete non-issue?
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Most Brits aren't bilingual. Most Australians aren't bilingual. Most New Zealanders aren't bilingual. A lot of white South Africans probably speak that Afrikaans gibberish, but only completely out of necessity. Most Jamaicans speak their incoherent version of English only. Most native English speakers in Canada only speak English. If they learn any French, it's just incidental, the same way Americans in the southwest naturally pick up some Spanish phrases here and there.

But the pattern is clear. For the last two or two and a half centuries English has been a sort of neutral international language of commerce and politics. Don't blame us Americans; blame the empire for whom the sun never set.

But yeah, why look at things in a reasonable way when there's the opportunity at hand to single out Americans and bash us for a complete non-issue?
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Who gives a fuck what foreigners think about u
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
English is the language of freedom and prosperity. it is the most descriptive language in existence. No reason to lower one's self and waste time learning the peasant languages of the 3rd World.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Country is already lost, just be gay, and take it anal style....nothing you can do. You'll like it....lol
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I don't get it either. I mean the US is the most powerful country on this earth so i understand why they wouldn't feel the need to learn more then 1 language.

Smaller countries like mine (Belgium) are ofcourse a bit forced to learn more then 1 language (i learned 4 Dutch, French, German and English) since we are the heart of the European union and many companies and institutions have their headquarters in Brussels.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
English should be the universal language of Earth
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05/19/2017 04:09 PM
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
You all realize english is from england, right.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
We get shit just for existing.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
We get shit just for existing.
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People always hate the best
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
English should be the universal language of Earth
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The English invented the language. Americans perfected it. :-)
Yes, I did cure my Stage 4 cancer in two weeks when I was 48. I also reversed my chronic kidney disease (glomerulonephritis) when I was 25. In neither case were any medical treatments involved.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
You all realize english is from england, right.
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Hispanics aren't from Hispania, but for some reason Mexiacans speak Spanish.

Does England still let thiet German monarchies ignore british children getting raped for Theresa May's campaign money? I know how good child rapists can make women feel. After all, how else is a child rapists going to rape a child if theu Didn't know how to make thier mums feel good about the money they trade for letting British kids get raped.

Anyways, I'm so glad you people lie so much.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I think it's disgusting that you use our language without paying us for its use..

It should be patented by the people of England and rented out to lesser cultures..
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I don't think we should catch shit for it, but I will say this:

I hear Americans make fun of people from other countries when they speak/write poor English, yet they themselves don't speak any other languages well enough to order an ice cream cone, let alone engage in everyday discussion.

I say anyone who expects perfect English be spoken and written by people who speak other languages had better be speaking other languages fluently themselves.

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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
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Idiots will be idiots
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


In addition there are many words in Mexican language
That don't exist
Such as many medical words that cannot be
Translated from Mexican into English
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexican is an ugly sounding language

Spanish Spoken in Spain is beautiful sounding
Like Italian
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
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You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


No
Most Mexicans speak a broken Indian language comprised
Of some Spanish Incan and other Indian dialects

If you go to some places in Mexico they can't
Speak well with one another because
The dialects and many words are different
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
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You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


Yep correct. Before that when mexico didn't even exist the region had many different languages of which some are still spoken today like Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, ... .
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


Yep correct. Before that when mexico didn't even exist the region had many different languages of which some are still spoken today like Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, ... .
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74920933


Still the same today in much of mexico
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I can understand why native English speakers don't bother to learn another language. For a foreigner, learning English opens up the world.

But you already have it.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


Yep correct. Before that when mexico didn't even exist the region had many different languages of which some are still spoken today like Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, ... .
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74920933


Still the same today in much of mexico
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


In addition a Mexican from the northern part of Mexico
Will have difficulty communicating with a person
From southern Mexico

The language is so different in different regions of
Mexico
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Flavor your soup as egocentry much OP?

To talk other language is awesome. Learn one.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I can understand why native English speakers don't bother to learn another language. For a foreigner, learning English opens up the world.

But you already have it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74859192


English is the official language of business

In Japan for instance
One has to learn English to work in the business world
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I can understand why native English speakers don't bother to learn another language. For a foreigner, learning English opens up the world.

But you already have it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74859192


English is the official language of business

In Japan for instance
One has to learn English to work in the business world
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


Not long ago was french.
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
I can understand why native English speakers don't bother to learn another language. For a foreigner, learning English opens up the world.

But you already have it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74859192


English is the official language of business

In Japan for instance
One has to learn English to work in the business world
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


Not long ago was french.
 Quoting: CanadianFart


Interesting
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


No
Most Mexicans speak a broken Indian language comprised
Of some Spanish Incan and other Indian dialects

If you go to some places in Mexico they can't
Speak well with one another because
The dialects and many words are different
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


I understand that friend, but that happens here as well. I have been in the mountains speaking with people who I can barely understand and we both are speaking English.

The numbers show that the VAST majority of Mexicans speak Spanish, and that is even with close to one-hundred indigenous languages also spoken. I'm sorry, you aren't completely wrong, but you aren't right either.

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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


cruise

Idiots will be idiots
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I use to do hospital interpreteration for Mexican patients
Bucko

I know what I am talking about

The Mexican one learns in a school setting as second
Language will never prepare one for being able
To communicate effectively with all
Mexican immigrants
The languages throughout Mexico are different

There are some Mexican immigrants in the US
Still speaking Incan mostly
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Re: Why do Americans always get shit for not being bilingual?
Mexicans don't speak Spanish

Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo


Spanish is spoken in Spain
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


No
Most Mexicans speak a broken Indian language comprised
Of some Spanish Incan and other Indian dialects

If you go to some places in Mexico they can't
Speak well with one another because
The dialects and many words are different
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


I understand that friend, but that happens here as well. I have been in the mountains speaking with people who I can barely understand and we both are speaking English.

The numbers show that the VAST majority of Mexicans speak Spanish, and that is even with close to one-hundred indigenous languages also spoken. I'm sorry, you aren't completely wrong, but you aren't right either.
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian

I have encountered Mexican immigrants who speak
A dialect of mostly old Incan
Mixed with some Spanish

The interpretation office at the local hospital had
A difficult time with this patient

They had no words in their mixed language for certain
Modern medical words
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You are aware that when Spain conquered Mexico, they began speaking Spanish, right?
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian


No
Most Mexicans speak a broken Indian language comprised
Of some Spanish Incan and other Indian dialects

If you go to some places in Mexico they can't
Speak well with one another because
The dialects and many words are different
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


I understand that friend, but that happens here as well. I have been in the mountains speaking with people who I can barely understand and we both are speaking English.

The numbers show that the VAST majority of Mexicans speak Spanish, and that is even with close to one-hundred indigenous languages also spoken. I'm sorry, you aren't completely wrong, but you aren't right either.
 Quoting: GonadTheBallbarian

I have encountered Mexican immigrants who speak
A dialect of mostly old Incan
Mixed with some Spanish

The interpretation office at the local hospital had
A difficult time with this patient

They had no words in their mixed language for certain
Modern medical words
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71671831


Again, I completely understand that. You said "Mexicans don't speak Spanish. Mexicans speak a mixed tongue of old Mexican Indian lingo" and I was just pointing out that the overwhelmingly vast majority of Mexicans (per all government stats) speak Spanish. There are close to, if not more than one-hundred indigenous languages, each with numerous dialects, and still, the majority speaks Spanish.

I will certainly concede that there are people who speak Mixtec/Mayan/etc mixed with some Spanish and so on, but the exception doesn't make the rule.


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