should you have to know other countries language befor you permantly locate ther

@heaven11 (1159)
United States
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
4 responses
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.
@heaven11 (1159)
• United States
17 Sep 08
well iam glad you reached out to learn it it makes your life easier and others easier
• Philippines
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.
@heaven11 (1159)
• United States
17 Sep 08
thanks for your response
@xcammiex (272)
• 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.
@heaven11 (1159)
• United States
17 Sep 08
i agree it would just make things so much easier on everyone
• Philippines
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.