Apr 9, 2006, 1:05 PM
Post #5 of 33
Do you remember how you used to look down at those dumb foreigners who came to our country and couldn't speak our language, American English? I first noticed this when I was in my young teens and we really thought those foreigners, often from SoB, were really dumb, because they couldn't speak English. Really that is how many us young teenagers thought. Yes we thought that those foreigners who could not speak English were second class un-educated idiots. We were really bad, but at our rather low intellectual and immature level of development, that is how we thought
Well just maybe the person who just crowded in front of you feels that same way about you, perhaps s/he finds you a second class citizen because she figures you can't speak the language and because you are dressing so strangely by his/her standards.
Why not just tell them to go to the end of the line in their language? You know something like "fin de la cola ." When I do it, the person looks at me in surprise, (Good god he actually speaks Spanish) and goes to the end of the line.(usually with a sheepish grin)
Did you know that there are many well educated Mexicans who choose only to speak Spanish to that un-educated foreigner? I've met people like that. Once I spoke Spanish to them, even if it wasn't perfect, they saw that I was trying, and they started Speaking in good English, but only when my Spanish failed me. I don't believe I would have ever been able to talk to them in English, had they not seen that I was trying to learn and did kind of sort of speak Spanish.
Why did I learn Spanish? Well one of the reasons was, I remembered my youthful very prejudiced images of those foreigners who couldn't speak my language and I didn't want to be looked at as a second class poorly educated person by the people of the country where I now live.
(This post was edited by johanson on Apr 9, 2006, 1:16 PM)