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Should signs and other public services cater to different languages?
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I see no issue with it aside from the, "People who come to our country should speak English" group. It would depend on the languages spoken in the area. So depending on that, decisions could be made. Large international hubs make perfect sense. Small hodunk towns not so much unless a large part of the population speaks a second language.
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I don't have a problem with it.
When I was a kid growing up in North Dakota, most everything at any of the stores was labeled in English and French.
Now-days, living on the West coast, I find more things are in English and Spanish.
I go under the assumption that these things are going to spread where ever they're needed....
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Schmooples wrote:
And for things aside from roadsigns? There's no end to things that signs are designed to communicate. How about, "for additional information, call _____?"

Should those who advertise on billboards be forced to advertise in multiple languages that take up their space instead of targeting their audience by using the language they want to?

Dark_Alma wrote:

While I don't see any signs in the South USA in a foreign language, I have seen a good few in New England and the North-west. I really like the idea as it is:
1) A great way for me to practice foreign languages
2) Good for the people who struggle with English
3) Great for Tourists!
4) Being multicultural in that sense can never really go wrong (unless translation errors - horror stories there)

Come to South Florida where the Cubans were granted asylum and you'll see lots of Spanish. Those that were not professionals (for the most part) chose not to move and never learned a language other than Spanish. Now there are areas where there is no English. That is why I'm a fan of using whatever language is spoken by the majority or the target audience; it works.
Posted 7/7/15

ran76 wrote:

Do you think countries like America, which is a predominantly white nation, should cater to different languages, or should everything be only in English?
What? You really think all white nations speak only English? I'm sure that'll be a surprise to the Spanish, French, Italians, Norwegians, etc. etc. etc.




I mean English speaking white countries.
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note sure what white, has to do with it but anyhow.

we do that in my country despite having two official languages a lot of signs have three or more.

In Quebec the have a law that a sign or book cover or whatever has to include french as one the languages and the french has to be larger and more prominent.
Posted 7/7/15
i wonder if other language signs in the US don't make any sense like the engrish signs in other countries
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AiYumega wrote:

Living the city of New York, everything is multilingual. The bus has signs in three or more languages, as are announcements. Stores in my area too are in many different languages. The parks and other public places signs are in multiple languages also.

I've gotten used to seeing this, but I'm sure someone not used to it would find it pretty hard to understand.

Do you think countries like America, which is a predominantly white nation, should cater to different languages, or should everything be only in English?

Personally, I think if the area is not highly English speaking or is an immigrant area, it's a necessity and a public one at that. What do you think?


What does skin color have to do with the language I speak?
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If you need signs in a different language to fit regional needs it only makes sense.
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I went to ATM last night I counted 7 languages on machine not including braille
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Everyone in the world speaks English, so a English speaking country doesn't need to have more then one lang signs
Posted 7/7/15
if they gon come here then dey shud lern english, i dun need to seem dem squiggly thingies
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Posted 7/7/15

pirththee wrote:


What does skin color have to do with the language I speak?


Again this is something that is regional. It's thought---

White = English
Not white = Not English

I've fallen into trap too. But across the country it's different.
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AiYumega wrote:


pirththee wrote:


What does skin color have to do with the language I speak?


Again this is something that is regional. It's thought---

White = English
Not white = Not English

I've fallen into trap too. But across the country it's different.


I wouldn't be casting the first stone either.
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wingopanda wrote:

No, it promotes immigration


I don't live there so I have no idea.Considering it's location,do you have a lot of people that want to immigrate there?
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pirththee wrote:


wingopanda wrote:

No, it promotes immigration


I don't live there so I have no idea.Considering it's location,do you have a lot of people that want to immigrate there?


I'm mainly talking about the USA, no one wants to move to Greenland.
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