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  1. Most don’t have to. They mostly stick to their own kind and don’t have to work on their English. Plus they aren’t made to. You have translators now and everything is in English/Spanish. So why do they really need to? I agree that if you are in this country you should learn the language. I can also say this because I am married to a Mexican so I am not racist in any way. If I moved to Mexico I don’t expect things to be in English for me. I should have to learn Spanish. Fortunately, my husband speaks very good English. Before he met me he only spoke some, but since I don’t know much Spanish he is forced to speak English all the time……..so…therefor he has to learn English in order to communicate with me, and is should be the same with anyone who dosent speak English. You are in America therefor, you should speak our language, period. Like I said, they hang out and live by people who primarily speak their language so why should they have to?

    m_strait74
  2. Because everyone else is supposed to learn their language to accomodate them. Why learn it when you can get a job over any other american born person.

    Trarenee
  3. Because for a lot of them is not necessary, the federal and state government offer services in Spanish, and there are TV and radio stations and stores staffed with Spanish speaking people.

    I would recommend people to learn English, but that is a personal choice.

    answ3r3r
  4. Because we do not have a "national Language" by Law. Your favorite government official has failed to vote for it because of all of the "pork" in it for decades. No we are in real trouble!

    Boredstiff
  5. Dumb, and i just thought about something American high schools force you to learn 2 languages (well try anyway), how come mexico cant force them to learn English. Wait never mind I don’t want to them here anyway.

    Yeah just stupid people who want benefits, because mexicans are the least nationalist group in America. They are the last people to who will sing America the beautiful, but the first to sing that la raza bullshit. I mean if mexicans were more American and could learn english maybe they wouldnt have this issue about immigration now.

    Liz
  6. They are not here to assimilate with America and its values, they are here because they believe in the reconquista which means its their land and culture and we are trespassing.

    smilinjack12003
  7. it’s just the matter of WILL. like how most white people dont speak or understand Spanish but it doesnt mean it’s ignorance or being slow. it’s not just their priority.

    grill_sergeant
  8. NOT ONLY MEXICANS, PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TOO, I’M MEXICAN AND HAVE BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY FOR 9 YEARS, I LEARNED ENGLISH IN LES THAN A YEAR, BUT I KNOW SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 20-25 YEARS AND THEY STILL DONT LEARN THE LANGUAGE. I’LL TELL YOU WHY, WHEN I CAME HERE I WENT TO SCHOOL THATS WHY I LEARNED, BUT THERE IS PEOPLE HERE THAT ALL THEY DO IS WORK, THEY HAVE 2-3 JOBS AND HAVE NO TIME TO LEARN, MANY OF THEM LEARN ON THEIR JOBS, BUT THEY DONT READ IT OR WRITE IT.

    LOUIS
  9. Most people are right here. Immigrants are never really forced to have to learn the language. My mother has been here for years and although she totally understands what people say, she communicates in English unless she absolutely has too. Yes, the US has made it easy for immigrants and has provided services for them. But it is also those people that came before our current wave of immigrants that have put themselves out there to provide help for them. Ethnic parts of town also help immigrants survive around here. But I guess the toughest thing is the language itself. People that have spoken English all their lives sometimes can’t get it right. I speak both Spanish and English and I could say that the rules of spelling and sounds are freakin’ wild. Spanish you pretty much say it the way it’s spelled with minor rules. the other thing is that as many programs that there are, we’d be surprised how many of those people have no idea that these programs exist. They may also be afraid of not being able to take part in these programs due to their status in the country. It’s a bit more complex than we would like to think but a good question to try to put yourself in those peoples’ shoes.

    Responding to the a few answers:
    Some people seem to think that ALL people don’t want to assimilate. It is my personal experience that I have seen my own Mother (a Guatemalan-born naturalize citizen) cry when The Star-Spangled Banner was played shortly after 9/11. It is my friends (of several ethnicities and children of immigrants) that sing along to America the Beautiful and put their hearts over their hands in love of the country that gave them what they have now. Generalizing is the worst thing you could do. That is what breeds ignorance.

    Will is a another interesting idea. Some may not have that. But others, as another person has said, have priorities, like keeping food on the table. It’s not that they don’t want to…it’s that survival skills seem to take over when you start in the country with only 12 bucks in your pocket.

    The King of the World
  10. that perception is not accurate. most immigrants especially those here 5+ years do learn english. the difference between mexican immigrants and other immigrants is that mexicans choose to keep their native language and culture while learning english and adapting to life in america. we want to learn english, but we also want to speak spanish as well. remember language is just one means of communication and speaking more than one language should not only be respected but encouraged. experts say it takes the average person 6 years learn cognitive academic language proficiency in any language especially english which is not phonetic.

    vmv1970

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