Comments: Ah-nuld gets it right

Bingo Sam. This first thing I thought when I heard this was it's not like English is Arnold's first language. This man is speaking from experience, not out of his ass.

Not only is English the de facto language of commerce here, but it is internationally as well. My sister does quite a bit of traveling to other countries and the locals always gather around them because they want to test their English. Yet here? Well, you know the answer to that.

And I'd like to point out that CTG speaks Spanish; I'm still learning. There's nothing wrong with having a second language. It's actually most helpful when you live somewhere where your native tongue is not the spoken language. Deh.

Posted by Stacy at June 16, 2007 01:04 PM

CTG, you nailed it! Spanish is NOT the native language of the indigenous people of Mexico - why stick with that - the Conquistadors were far more cruel than the Americans.

Posted by beth at June 16, 2007 02:05 PM

.... damn, girl..... that was spot on....

Posted by Eric at June 17, 2007 06:51 PM

What Eric said, in spades...

Posted by Richmond at June 18, 2007 05:07 PM

I think Alex Nogales gets my "WTF? of the Week" award.

I know a few immigrants...and one of the things they told me was that they either LEARNED English or IMPROVED their English by watching English-language television (and speaking with English speakers; one woman I know said, "I like to speak with you because you speak good English and I know my English will get better if I work with you.")

I suspect that a lot of these folks who claim to be speaking for the immigrants just really want to keep the immigrants weak and dependent on THEM to "take care" of them. It's a position of power, a chance to feed at the public trough, and a chance to say nasty things about non-Hispanics.

Posted by ricki at June 19, 2007 05:02 AM