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Should learning English be mandatory for applying for US citizenship?

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I'm a retail cashier and I get a lot of customers that speak all different languages. The majority know English but I run into a language barrier at least 5 or more times per shift. I have Spanish coworkers that can easily translate for me but I also get a lot of Polish people and other European nationalities. I can be telling them something simple like "Your total is $19.99 so please swipe your card here." And then all I get is a blank stare and they say, "Sorry, no speak engleesh." I'd even have to point to the card swiper or chip reader 5 times until they actually understand. This can also be a safety issue. For example, what if some idiot decides to come steal a woman's purse or worse, a lost child, and they don't know how to tell anyone what just happened? Sure they can call 911 and talk to someone who speaks their language but wouldn't it be so much easier if we were able to understand what they're saying so we can help search the store with them and alert the loss prevention staff?

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asked Nov 18, 2016 in Dining Out by smyadmin

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First, they should have everyone, citizen or not, learn proper Englsih and grammatically correct usage of the language by the time they're 18. Americans seem to think others who don't English fluently are the only imperfect ones of society, while in reality, many of their own cannot properly read, write, or speak clearly/correctly. Just look at the degradation of text messaging, social media, and redneck-speak. Additionally, if citizenship is your solution, then what about those foreigners who'll come into your store who aren't citizens, and don't speak English well? What are you gonna do then?

Side note: I wonder if you could even pass the citizenship exam that many immigrants must study for. YouTube can provide a lot of samples of US citizens who can never pass that exam if they had taken it, due to their own lack of knowledge or care for their own country's past. So much for patriotism.
answered Nov 18, 2016 by moscl

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