My question is whether or not individuals who come and live in the United States should as a courtesy and simply out of respect as an american citizen always speak english instead of their native language regardless where they are at.
I agree with you 100% but keep in mind that the English language is very difficult and it may take people year to grasp it IF they even do. I do how ever think that they should at least try to speak the language so that most of us don't feel out of place in our own country. I was born in the USA but moved south of the boarder until I was about 9 and when we returned my dad wouldn't let us watch TV in Spanish because he wanted us to learn the language so we wouldn't have to struggle! Mind you he lived here since the early 70's and interacted with US Citizens everyday all day and he still has a hard time speaking it...but his friends understand and accept him (I am glad they do cause I have a hard time understanding him sometimes :) )
Also, regarding the Insurance issue...it's not their fault they try but the government won't let them! if they let them get their driver license they would have to buy insurance. But we will be opening a huge can of worms here so I will just leave it at that
oh and while we are on the subject can I get the new persons coming to America to purchase some car insurance? Please! As a common courtesy to your fellow Americans who share the roads with u and remember folks drive friendly.
Here is my view I think there are communities that cater to those who come to the United States and that they should be able to speak English since that is the Official Language while they are here but at the same time when they are with friends and loved ones who share the culture then speak native tongue. At least while in USA be able to read, write and obey traffic laws.
I don't think that they should always speak English, but I do think that they should be expected to speak English when they are in places where they have to interact with other English speaking individuals such as their job or school. I would even go as far as to say that they should be prepared to speak English even if they are going shopping or to a restaurant. How else are they going to know how to ask for what they want or how much things cost? I don't really see the lack of speaking English as a respect issue but more of a survival issue. Also, I find it very strange that someone has been in this country for a very long time and does not know English. Outside of a lack of the ability to learn such as a learning disability, I don't think that there is an excuse for it.
Absolutely. My grandparents/parents learned to speak the language. It's a melting pot- you have to melt!
This sums it up best for me:
?In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. ...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and this is a loyalty to the American people,? said Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.