should you have to know other countries language befor you permantly locate ther
September 16, 2008 11:26pm CST
well i live in amercia and personally i think before you should be allowed to be a legal citzen and apply for state benefits ect you should have to speak a decent amount of english and i also feel if i was to go to mexcio i should have to speak a decent amount of spanish iam not predjuice at all i just feel it would be better if we could understand each other better am i the only one who feels this way
17 Sep 08
I am a filipino and I am working here in the middle east. Its really hard to communicate here because most citizens don't know how to speak english. When I have a patients its a big problem for me to understand them.I agree with you that you should know some words or at least greetings so that both parties will understand. What I did?I ask my fellow filipinos here to teach me some arabic. As of now, I can speak little phrases...and I am very happy coz they can understand me now.Its an added points for me for I know now another language.Hoping that I will learn more arabic until my contract ends.
17 Sep 08
I moved to the Philippines when I was 9 years old. I lived in the US before that and I didn't speak a word of Filipino. After taking a Filipino classes and talking to a lot of different Filipinos, I learned how to speak, read and write in Filipino. If a decent amount of a certain language means you can have simple conversations with people using very simple sentences, then I think it should be a requirement when moving into a new country. But that does seem to be a little bit harsh. What if your job has you relocated to another country every 6 months, that's would mean you'd have to learn a new language every time you move.
• United States
17 Sep 08
I agree completely. If I decided to move to France, I would make sure I knew how to speak French. Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with people speaking a different language in the U.S. In fact, I think it makes things interesting. I do believe, however, that they need to speak English in addition to whatever language they speak natively. I was born in Germany so I can speak German. I can also speak English though. I just hate going to the store and having an employee speak to me in another language and I have no idea what they're saying and vice versa. I also hate getting forms to fill out that are in a different language, no English at all, and I have to sit there and decipher it for an hour.
22 Sep 08
it would be better if one person will go to other country to know their language there.It is one of the advantage that a person to communicate well with the people over there and they will not be shocked and most of the people there will gain his/her trust because he/she knows the languange or the medium of communication in that country.