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Old 08-01-2009, 03:58 AM   #21
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Section 4-1-404 –English and Legal Language (1984)

English is hereby established as the official and legal language of Tennessee. All communications and publications, including ballots, produced by governmental entities in Tennessee shall be in English, and instruction in public schools and colleges of Tennessee shall be conducted in English unless the nature of the course would require otherwise.


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That only covers anything written/spoken by the government. If you work at a private company, they can work only in Swedish if they like.

I like the last line of that bill. I can imagine the SWAT team busting in on some middle school Latin class and arresting everybody.


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Old 08-01-2009, 04:09 AM   #22
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That only covers anything written/spoken by the government. If you work at a private company, they can work only in Swedish if they like.

I like the last line of that bill. I can imagine the SWAT team busting in on some middle school Latin class and arresting everybody.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:30 PM   #23
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This is so easy. They came here to work and have a better life. I would not expect them to start learning English well enough to hold conversations, but for Christ's sake, you would think that if they were supposed to be taking out the TRASH, they would at least learn the few words relative to their jobs! Anyone who is not retarded can remember a couple of foreign words as a great start to learning a new language.

That would have been a great opp. for someone to say, "You know what? We should teach these people a few words of English."
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Until people start worrying more about whats right and wrong and not about whats PC this will continue to happen. I don't want to sound racist cause really I'm not but this country is slowly being invaded and as a whole we're more worried about offending people then we are about stopping it. One person pointed out that if they had thrown it out it could have cost them their job if it wasn't meant to be thrown out well how about costing them their job because it was meant to be thrown out and they didn't. I learned how to interrogate in Spanish in 10 months there's no reason that someone that's been here for years can't learn simple house keeping words in English. I'm done my rant now and promise to keep these to a minimum in the future.
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Maybe it's because the only job a new immigrant can get is cleaning trash up for other folks. It's just possible that as soon as they get a grip on the language, they will move up on the employment ladder to a better job with better pay.

Wrong. In most cities, almost EVERY restaurant kitchen is staffed by immigrants, a lot of the non-skill construction jobs and landscaping crews are staffed by immigrants...quite a few of which CHOOSE not to learn English.

As a construction electrician, I always have to write all warning signs in english AND spanish. These are not low paying jobs. You'd think that they would take at least a little effort to learn some of the predominant home language, for that kind of money !



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Get over it.

Get over it ??? What's to "get over" ? When my grandparents, like most immigrants of that, and previous, generations came here, they learned the language if they wanted to work outside their neighborhood. If we were to move to ANY other country, we would be learning THAT language.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:18 PM   #26
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Maybe it's because the only job a new immigrant can get is cleaning trash up for other folks. It's just possible that as soon as they get a grip on the language, they will move up on the employment ladder to a better job with better pay.

Cleaning crews need to be absolutely SURE that something is trash before they will take it or it will cost them their much needed job.

Get over it.
For a trash collector, learning the word for trash is first day stuff.

I got my first job in France at a time when my French was extremely limited. At the end of my first day my head was full of new work-related words. This happened because I asked questions, often by sign language, gestures, and simply pointing at things with a quizzical expression.
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Because English is becoming the government approved language of the minorities.

Now the real question is why, when 90% of traffic signs are printed in English, are people given the option to take their written tests for a drivers license in spanish?
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For a trash collector, learning the word for trash is first day stuff.
Exarcly. If I went to France and got a job as a barista, you think it'd make sense for me to learn "cafe au lait", etc. I can understand if you don't yet know the whole goddamned english language, but if you haven't even taken the time to learn the singular words/phrases for the job you work, then you should be fired.
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Because English is becoming the government approved language of the minorities.

Now the real question is why, when 90% of traffic signs are printed in English, are people given the option to take their written tests for a drivers license in spanish?
Because the signs are usually visually aided as well. A stop sign isn't a white box with black lettering, it's a big red octagon. It's a lot easier to translate these isolated words than to grasp the actual english language in such a fashion that you can read and answer whole sentences in English. Not saying that they shouldn't have to learn at least enough English to be able to take the drivers test, just that there's a difference between learning how to translate street signs and learning the english language.
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Aside from the language issue, I do know cleaning staff particularly room maids in hotels are hesitant to throw stuff out if you have not checked out yet unless they are positive it is trash. Funny some of the stuff they won't take unless you actually put it in a trash can or write trash on it.


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