Dang, your bud needs to run for public office.
I know Filipino people in the San Diego area who commonly refer to Mexicans as wet backs. The Mexicans in Tijuana refer to the Filipino American U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as “Chinos”. The Filipinos come here legally and love the USA.
Huh? I know several Philippians who speak Spanish.
Not sure why your friend got mad, I have been in line and the person at the booth had limited English and the attendant will say “anyone speak (whatever)” no one gets mad.
I know for myself when I am asked if I speak Spanish I just say “no” no biggie.
If I had been the ticket lady, I would have been half tempted to say to the Mexican woman, “You are correct ma’am. If you can wait a minute or so, I will have somebody down in a jiffy who can speak Spanish.”
Then she calls imigration.
There’s one video on Youtube. The guy pulls up in a truck to a group of Mexican day labourers. He drives around a bit and pulls up in front of an immigration office.
You should have seen how fast some Mexicans can run.
I get more incensed every time I hear some dang illegal immigrants speaking Spanish loudly, as if all of us are supposed to conform to his or her language preferences.
It isn’t helped that many businesses have caved to the pressure and have their labels and instruction pamphlets written in Spanish and English. In short, there is no pressure for the Latinos/Hispanics to learn functional English, therefore they will remain in the underclass forever. How are Latino/Hispanic kids going to succeed in the technical careers (where the real money is)if they don’t learn technical English?
Many years ago I was driving to San Diego and saw a car burning by the side of the freeway. I got my fire extinguisher and asked the lady standing by the car if there was anyone in the car. She didn’t speak a single word of English and so I had to get into that car to look. Luckily, nobody was in that car and I didn’t get burned but I was angry as hell that someone would live in the country and never try to learn our language.
This whole thing is shameful and we need leaders worthy of the name that will stop the balkanization of this country before it’s too late.
I was at an auto parts store a while back with a cashier assisting a poor English speaking Mexican. She asked a couple of Hmong who were in line if they spoke Spanish and they became indignant and told here they were Asian.
Tell your friend this Angeleno applauds him and says “bravo.”
And the few Filipinos I know are conservative as well.. AND CATHOLIC TOO AND THEY WERE SUPER PISSED OFF WHEN 0BAMA TOLD THEM WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR RELIGION!
Lol this is too funny
I insist on being spoken to in Esperanto. I figure if I hear enough, I’ll eventually learn it.
Sort of related -
About 30 years ago some friends and I were partying in the middle of the day.
So - we run out of beer - and go to get more. My friend - sort of Portuguese/American - but whose only Spanish was getting bad grades in High School
So - we go in this liquor store. We are under age - but usually a little bravado, and I could get us through. So - the gal starts talking to my friend in Spanish - assuming - well - we were in kind of hispanic neighborhood, and he looks, well - kind of hispanic - so she thought he was a local. I was paying attention to something else - wasn’t really watching him. And he is sort of standing there - and he looks at me with this terrified face - and starts rubbing his eyes - and acting all weird -
He could not figure out what she was saying! It took me like pause pause - I didn’t really understand what was going on. What the heck is going on - this gal is jabbering in Spanish, and Jim has this weird look on his face ... Then - I’m saying Jim! - Jim! - she’s just speaking Spanish you idiot! He had this crazed look on his face. Priceless!
He thought he was so drunk he couldn’t understand English anymore!
All time classic.
I’m Puerto Rican by birth. Spanish IS my first language.
I still resent it when people presume I want someone to speak to me in Spanish here in the US.
If I want to speak Spanish, I call my family. I’m in the US, I speak English in the US.
And you now know why Manny Paquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez (I, II, and III) has earned a cool $150 million.