language and work

@mzbubblie (3840)
United States
January 11, 2007 6:08pm CST
I live in a area where there are a lot of different languages spoken such as english, spanish, chinese, even asian. Today I went out to lunch and figured I would post what happened to me and maybe someone could help me understand or shed some light on this situation. I went to a restuarant today for lunch today and asked not 1 but it took a total of 3 people to help me and the others understand what I was asking as well as them understanding what I was asking. The question I asked was "What is the lunch special for today." This has happened to me a few times on several occasions. Now my thought is maybe take up english as a second lanuage before you try to apply for a job, I would even consider faulting the person who hired them being their english is not fluent and they are working in a majority english speaking enviroment. I say english because I speak english but if I lived elsewhere I would feel the same way if the roles were reversed. Please share your views if you have had this happen to you or how you feel about this topic? Also, do you feel that before someone can be hired they speak fluent in the language of your country or majority lanuage spoken in that establishment?
1 response
@julie0825 (1415)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
I AGREE WITH YOU - WHEN I WENT TO CHINA I CANT EVEN BUY A DRINK FROM A STALL - NOONE WILL UNDERSTAND ENGLISH - I DO NOT KNOW WH SOME COUNTRYS WAS NOT INTRODUCING ENGLISH AS THEIR 2ND LANGUAGE -
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Yes it's something because I know they want a job, but sometimes applying for a job you have to think about the big picture. Being that whatever language it is you should be able to speak and understand it fluently. But like I said earlier whose at fault. The person applying for the job or the person who is hiring them knowing they don't speak that particular language...