To your #113
That is because they are being polite, they are kindly speaking to your in your language as a consideration (since you're in their country that's certainly not a requirement, just a kind consideration).
If you chose to live in their country, and become a citizen of their nation, I would absolutely expect you to learn their language and customs and not expect them to adapt to yours.
How many hispanic kids do you know that don't want to learn English? Trust me...give it a generation...they'll learn. It's always the first wave that takes awile (or never gets it).
posted on 08/12/2005 8:59:18 AM PDT
I'm sorry, I should have been more specific, the diners are in the USA and serve ethnic food. The use of a native language while overseas, I thought, was just common sense. That they use English is a bonus, not always found.
My great-grand father, Frank, came to America from Germany. He forbade the speaking of German in his house as he understood mastery of English was a key to success. He also had a skill and was able to support his family, which was good as "welfare" did not exist as it does today.
OTOH, we have required all of children to take a pair of second languages while in school....and we get to practice along with them. Comes in handy when traveling or working overseas.
Have a fine weekend and sorry for the confusion.
posted on 08/12/2005 6:34:29 PM PDT
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