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Date Posted: 19:25:47 05/01/13 Wed
Author: rcder41
Subject: Re: Does the Spanish Vote matter
In reply to: rabw 's message, "Re: Does the Spanish Vote matter" on 18:16:02 05/01/13 Wed

I agree. My parents came here in 1960. They did their best to speak english and in those days a cashier in a store gave my mother a hard time about speaking to my sister and I in our native language. She said "you better teach those girls english." We were probably in the country a month. My parents and my sister and I learned to speak english but it didn't take just a month it took a lot longer. My dad years later said to me. "I finally felt like I really knew english once I started getting the jokes." Eventually he said he would dream in english. That took 20 years. Speaking the language enough to do your daily errands is fairly easy, beginning to think in that language takes years. So we translate documents for immigrants not because they can't speak english but because they can't think in english and will have a better understanding of more complicated concepts when it's explained in their native language.
Are there people that refuse to learn? Of course but most are doing the best they can.

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