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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Why learn English?

Especially when the government ensures that you don't have to.

If you were to visit the Wisconsin State Elections Board's website, this is what would be staring you in the face.

Does anyone else have a problem with this?

I want to check the history books to see if they had Norwegian forms when my mom's family came over. What about Polish for everyone who moved to Chicago?

But I digress...


Blogger Sara declared,

There is no point of learning English. They can take their driving tests in foreign languages, fill out government forms in foreign languages, and everywhere else they go the Americans are the ones that are supposed to adjust. *rolling my eyes*

6/17/2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Jim Coughlin declared,

I don't know about voting, but according to Wikipedia, German & English were both official languages of Pennsylvania until the 1950s. 6% of school children received their primary education in German, just up until World War I. So the lesson to be learned is paranoia will destroya. Even if there's numerous opportunities to keep speaking Spanish or German, the language of commerce in the United States has been and will continue to be English. But every generation has to view the next generation of immigrants as somehow inferior to their own immigrant ancestors. And that's a sad reflection on human nature.

6/23/2006 1:31 PM  

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