All I Hear is Blah Blah Blah

So today on my English Only post I got a comment that I find extremely stupid. This guy says we should let people who come to America order in any language they want. They can talk in pig latin for all I give a shit but don’t get pissed off when the person taking your order can’t understand a damn thing you said. I will post their comment and my response for y’all to read.

Alexander June 23rd, 2006 11:35 am
EYeyey, ppl please. I’m a guy from sweden, but living in Netherlands. Just wondering why americans always have to be so damn aggressive? Can’t you just let ppl order in what language they want? You’ll get it, beleive me. I’ve been living in different countries most of my life, and you always get aroundeasily if you’re willing to be openminded. Do you guys wanna forbid ppl to speak other languages than english now? Wel… that would be classical american style.

chill guys… u need it

Alexander, when your in another country it is just plain old common sense to learn to speak the native tongue at least enough to where you can communicate well enough for people to understand you and if your too damn lazy to do that then take a translator along with ya.

And it doesn’t matter how open minded people are it isn’t going to automatically give them knowledge of another language.

So what do you foreigners want us to do? Learn every fucking language out there just to accommodate y’all? Fuck that. I would not be dumb enough to go to Japan and order in English and expect them to have full knowledge of my native language and then get pissed if they can’t understand me. But that’s what a lot of people do to us. If you’re in America (or any country for that matter) learn the damn language it’s as simple as that.


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    June 23, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    “classical American style”? American style is kicking ass. Remember that as you mouth off from Europe. This is just another shot foreigners who are so superior (who runs this globe?) like to take at Americans to get over their inferiority complex. Screw you, learn our language, or if you order a salad, you may get a barrel of arsenic. Its common sense dumbass. Count yourself lucky we don’t make the whole globe speak English. If you come to my country, don’t tell me what my policy should be you arrogant fuck.

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    June 26, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    OMG! that is to funny. I agree let them order in what ever language they want,,just don’t get pissy when you don’t get what you want b/c the person who is taking your order doesn’t understand you,,dumbass. 🙂

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    June 26, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    I agree that people should try to be accomidating to the language of the coutry that they visit, and not expect everyone to understand what they are saying. But I don’t see why everyone seems to be so uptight or angered by it, yes i agree that people who move over here should learn english, but for people who are coming here to visit if we want to keep our tourism up we shouldn’t be rude about it, and i think we should be understanding that people learn languages at different rates, it’s hard for some people to learn a language than other people are.

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    July 3, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    Well said Kate!

    To the point, erudite and sharp without being brash and uncompromising, and without coming across as ignorant and closed-minded.

    Perhaps you should write this blog.

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    July 3, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    Don’t like what you read here then there is a simple solution. Don’t come back.

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    July 5, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    James: Why should we compromise? Its our country. You compromise. Pound the liberal pulpit elsewhere. And feel free to go to a more “tolerant” blog if you feel this one to be too rigid.

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    July 28, 2006 at 2:51 am

    Wow, so many comments ^_^

    Yet again I’m glad I’m not living in the states, u guys makes me scared. What I’m tryying to say with the language thing is that it’s not necessary to know the language to order a plate of food! When I go travelling in Europe, should I learn the language of every country I pass through? I would have to be Albert Einstein to be able to do that.

    Anyway, don’t take everything so personal guys, I don’t hate the states, I just don’t wanna be there 😛 I drive a Harley too u know.

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    July 28, 2006 at 3:21 am

    Me agree with Alexander. Im living in africa now, and I come from Indonesia. I cant speak their language yet but I sure can order food by pointing at the meny. (This is what I do everywhere I go and I travel lot).
    That tells you something right there, that you do not need language to order food. Alexander says, how can you learn every language over the whole world if you only go there for vacation? And you have to be Albert Einstein. Very good Alexander, something to reach for. Watch out for the stars on the way!

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    July 28, 2006 at 3:33 am

    Hm… to my knowledge most of the people know english…
    but some dont. so why shouldnt they be able to order food in any language they want?
    like for e.x 2 persons walk in to your store they speak a weird persian accent, they dont speak english what do you do?

    1, do you make them leave?
    2, do you try to understand what they want to give good customer service?
    3, you scream and hold up a sign that says CLOSED! in 30 languages…

    It is common sence to dont give a flying f…. in what language the people are talking, its our job to try and understand them, otherwise you will be considered as hostile people.

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    Olle Bengtsson
    July 28, 2006 at 4:54 am

    Geeee… There are so many stupid people out there… Way scary….

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    Olle Bengtsson
    July 28, 2006 at 5:16 am

    To order food in various languages…

    – One Steak please
    – Un Steak s’il vous plait
    – Ein Steak bitte
    – Een Steak als ‘tu blieft
    – En Steak tack

    Common word? Hmmm… *thinking* *burning*

    Tjing! S T E A K 🙂

    So I guess there is no problem to order in any language 🙂

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    John Doe
    July 28, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Ok, well here is the deal, I live in America, and I love this place. I also love Chinese food, and other cultures foods, but there menus are in different languages, does that stop me from eating mushu pork, general tso’s chicken, goo goo guy pan, Pad kee mao, and Pad Thai? NO IT DOESN’T!!! I have NO fuckin clue what the hell those things actually mean, I mean maybe it is means deep fried dog poo pork, or some other thing, but you know what, I order it as what the menu says, and it tastes GOOD!!!! So you know when it comes down to it, America IS a melting pot of culture, NO other country has as a diverse culture as ours, and I WELCOME ALL people of this world. I do understand the frusteration of having to try to understand people with other languages, and you know what? They realise that MOST Americans don’t speak anything BUT English, yet they still are patient about us not understanding, just as I would if I went to Zimbabwe, or some other country. So, what I am saying is this, America.don’t be so damn shallow, WE ALL came from some other country originally (well our fore fathers anyway) And MOST of those fore fathers spoke a different language. I do agree if you move here, it would be much abliged if you would learn English, as I am sure you would want to. But let us not be SO closed minded, let America remain the melting pot that made this country GREAT!!!

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