Official English & Pronunciation for the USA

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    I communicate with a great many hospital staff members on a daily basis. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to understand what some hospital employees are saying. Some people have very very thick accents. Even though I consider myself to be a moderate Libertarian, sometimes I think that there should be a law - a standard pronunciation exam given to US citizens. If you can't speak clearly and properly enough for the "average" person to understand, go back to school or back to your "native" land until you speak English more fluently and clearly. Once in a while, after a busy day at work, I really feel this way.
     
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    :clap: :clap: :clap:

    I give credit to those who try though. We have far too many people here who refuse to even learn the English language!
     
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    I definitely think people should have to speak english in this country. I dont think we should be wasting tax payers' money on translating every single written word into other languages. I also think that literacy and proper speech should be required to work for governments and proper reason for not hiring people.

    However, accents are another matter.

    I'm from the south and will never give up my drawl, ya'll.
     
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    This is what I call, "libertarians wondering if racialists aren't on to something after all."

    Press one to continue in English.

    Check out thornwalker, matt. A libertarian awakened to racial reality.

    http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/index.html
     
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    The plant I work at offers extra pay to those that are bi-lingual. I was asked if I spoke another language fluintly. I replied that I speak Northern, Southern and a little bit of western.:D
     
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    Actually, the issue is that if we DON'T maintain an English standard of language, the productivity and uniformity of the nation will suffer. Like any company, if the processes are not laid out and everyone on the same page, you CAN'T have things going smoothly.

    Granted, that is the way government was designed with the branches able to check and balance, and tie up legislation so government doesn't run rampant. -But as far as citizens go, if you cannot stick to one uniform code of operation, all else flies out the window.
     
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    I've taught a couple college writing classes, and it's hard enough getting AMERICAN students to speak and write correctly, let alone foreigners. On the other hand, I've known some students from Italy and Russia with a better grasp of the language. Guess it all depends, though I imagine communication is, literally, vital in a hospital. (forgive the pun)
     
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    I think learning anything is relational to desire, not intelligence.

    The ability to learn is exponentially enhanced and produces better neurological pathways when desire is present. Americans are too "fat and lazy" to give serious effort. -In addition to most having improper home environments.

    People from other nations tend to have more traditional work ethic and put forth effort with desire to achieve their goals.
     
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    Sad but true, Newguy.
     
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    By the year 2050, and possibly much sooner(I forget the exact projected date), there will be more people living in the United States that speak Spanish as a first language than English.

    I think we all need to adapt to that fact. The language we speak is all about communication, more than anything else, and I support any efforts to help people communicate with others more effectively.
     

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