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Red-faced Dallas police chief David Kunkle has apologised to the local Hispanic community after it was revealed that his officers had fined 38 drivers for the novel offence of having an inadequate command of the English language. Among those who fell foul of the language police was 48-year-old Ernestina Valdez Mondragón, …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    Samuel L Jackson said it best .....

    English Motherfucker! Do You Speak It ?

  2. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    Someone's got to say it.

    If the American police start fining everyone who doesn't speak English properly over there, their legal system will collapse under the strain.

    There's a certain Google spokesdroid well documented elsewehere here who's in serious shit under the yank "three strikes" policy on minor offences for a start......

  3. MattD
    FAIL

    Sounds like something my Grandfather would do

    Bloody foreigners

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Learn the language

    I would highly recommend that you learn the official language of the country you are living in. How did you get a driver's license without being able to speak the official language of the country where you are driving and living? If you are an illegal alien then you should be deported.

  5. Chris Hunt

    W

    Fined for not speaking English properly?

    Doesn't George Bush live in Texas? .........

  6. goggyturk
    FAIL

    How?

    'She added: "I felt humiliated, sad."'

    If she can't speak English, how did she manage to say this? Sounds pretty bloody eloquent to me.

    I would imagine saying a word with more than two syllables would be a struggle for the average Texan cop, hence the big bucket'o'fail.

  7. Paul 4
    FAIL

    RE: Learn the language

    English is not the official language of the USA, English and Spanish are recognised as de-facto official languages. A large percentage of the population are Hispanic, and there quight legaly, infact born there, often with a family history going back hundreds of years. Also Spanish was the first European language spoken in North America.

    Perhaps these people wouldent have had any problems without that type of ignorant racism.

  8. Dennis
    Joke

    Merkins

    a ticket for "not speaking English"

    Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. ROTFL.

    I doubt if the rookie cop speaks English either. Not for him such words as burgled, petrol, bungalow and caravan.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    Europe: here is your golden opportunity

    Fine all american tourists who visit european countries and don't speak the native languages!

    On second thought: americans can no longer afford to visit Europe, let alone being fined in Euro. I was in Rome a few weeks ago and I noticed the almost total absence of Americans... I suppose the only Americans abroad are now located in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    @ AC 13:17

    "How did you get a driver's license without being able to speak the official language of the country where you are driving and living?"

    What a racist twat you are. Does the concept of being taught in another language never occur to you? I live in Finland and I did my driving test here, although my native language is Engilsh. Despite the fact that I do, in fact, speak the local language, I was happier doing it in my own language and the driving schools were more than happy to oblige. It's an option which is offered and there's nothing wrong with it - and nowhere in this article was it clarified exactly /what/ the level of language fluency was. Many people are modest, especially when confronted with an official. I'm sure they could have gotten by in everyday life, almost certainly with enough ability to drive around. Go and crawl back under your rock, and I hope to god you never visit a foreign country. You'll probably end up beaten to a bloody pulp for your elitist and racist views.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Learn the language

    Given that Texas was originally settled by er, Spanish-speakers from Mexico, it's by no means certain this lady is any kind of immigrant. Unless, Mr/Ms AC, you happen to be a Native American, I'd suggest you don't have a leg to stand on. Oh, and the US has never adopted English, or any other language, as its official language anyway.

  12. Spleen

    @AC: 13:08

    Congratulations, you've earned yourself the online equivalent of the Quite Interesting klaxon.

    It has to be pointed out every time this issue comes up, but the USA has no official language.

  13. Stacy
    Joke

    Made me laugh

    "We don't have abilities to determine proficiency in any language'

    That line on it's own made reading the article worthwhile :)

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wish they'd do that in the UK

    Over here all the social security payment application forms are available in every language under the sun!

  15. Paw Bokenfohr
    WTF?

    taser them

    ...it's the only solution...

    They should just count themselves lucky they're not rushing to catch the tube in London whilst being guilty of being slightly foreign; our punishments are far harsher.

  16. Tim Robson

    Re: Learn the language

    Just because you don't speak the primary language of a country does not mean you are an illegal immigrant. Green cards are issued to let you live and work for an extended period, and don't require you to have a significant command of English. Also, if you become a citizen with certain requirements (50 yrs old and living in the states legally for 20 or 55 yrs old and living in the states legally for 15) you can have the English requirement waived.

    On the other hand, learning the dominant language of a country you live in, at least well enough to be understood and to understand people, is typically a good idea.

  17. T.F. The Magnificent, Flying Trapeze Gumby Brothers and Furniture Removals.
    FAIL

    Cop almost hit the target

    If she can't speak English, or Texan for that matter, then presumably she might not be able to read English. She might be at a loss for understanding traffic signs. Therefore, a danger to other road users etc etc.

    But as the arresting officer was a thick as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, then fail.

  18. Nate Phillips
    Stop

    @AC: Learn the Language

    Uhm. No. The US does *not* have an official language. Period.

    Yes, a majority of the country speaks English (or some bastardized form of it), and most of it's business is done in English. But we do not, nor have ever made it a requirement to speak English in order to function as a resident (legal or otherwise).

    Also, Lester -- please don't put latino in quotes, as if it's a made-up word. There is a strong cultural distinction around here between hispanic, latino, and mexican. I'd equate this with putting African-American in quotes.

  19. Chris Miller
    Coat

    But what about

    Prawo Jazdy?

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    re. Learn the language

    In the UK, the language of the law used to be Latin but hardly anyone could speak it (only a few privately schooled people I know have any knowledge of Latin).

    I agree that it's useful to have knowledge of the local language of legislation, but it shouldn't be against the law; how would you treat visitors from other countries; arrest them at the airport?

    I regularly work in countries where I have no facility with the local language, and have committed many crimes of pronunciation with names of places and people, but I haven't been arrested yet.

    Paris, 'cos she knows all about the local tongue ...

  21. Tim Herklots

    Tourists?

    It looks like Dallas really doesn't have a tourism industry... at least, not from foreign countries.

  22. Martin Taylor 1
    FAIL

    @Learn the language

    You may be interested to know that according to Wikipedia the USA does not have an official language.

  23. Valerion
    FAIL

    Humiliated

    That's a bloody good word for someone who doesn't really speak English!

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @AC 13:17

    The lady in question is a US citizen. Texas used to be part of Mexico; many of its inhabitants are of Latin American descent. It was only a little more than a hundred and fifty years ago that Texas was annexed by the US-- and English language education hasn't even been available for more than thirty years or so. Therefore, it's entirely possible that someone could have grown up in Texas and still speak Spanish as their mother tongue. And, finally, there's no "official" language in the US-- English just kind of wins by default. It's perfectly possible to get a driver's license application/test in several other languages, though.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    @AC 13:17 GMT

    As stupid as it is, thanks to "civil liberty" groups in the US, drivers license tests can be taken in a huge number of languages. In California, like many States, you can even request an interpreter coe with you to interpret when you take your driving test.

    (See for example, http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm)

    "Besides English, the basic Class C written driver license exam is also available in the following languages:

    Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

    Besides English, the basic Class C audio driver license exam is also available in the following languages:

    Armenian, Chinese/Mandarin, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese"

  26. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    RE: Learn the language

    1 Texas was originally part of Mexico.

    2 Spanish was the oringinal language of the European settlers in North America (so who was lazy to learn another language?)

    3 America is second only to Mexico in numbers of people who speak Spanish

    Why do you think it is against the Law for people who speak Spanish to take jobs as driving instructors?

    If you are so set against illegal aliens I hope you also are prepared to pay more for

    1 The products that rely on their labor.

    2 Agree to higher Tax's to pay for raising the children who you intend to replace them as workers.

    3 Agree to higher Tax's again to support low paid workers in their old age.

    4 It's one thing to steal another country for it's mineral resources, but stopping the people living in an occupied territory from having their family over to stay is wrong on a whole new level.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    there for 30 years

    I think its sad that she has lived in the US for 30 years yet picked up such a small grasp of English.

    Although the US has no 'official' language, English clearly plays a major role across the country, therefore to make no progress in 30 years will only cause Hispanics to be more separated from the jobs and wealth that comes with speaking English.

    Before I'm declared a racist let me just say that if a European of the same 'race' as me moved to the US without any proficiency of the English language it would be wrong of them to stay so disconnected from culture not to learn English over such a long time-frame.

  28. seanj
    WTF?

    Mainly?

    "It was later revelealed that around a half-dozen officers had fined mainly Hispanics for the same deficiency."

    Mainly?

    Who made up the rest of the demographic spectrum, please tell?! Otherwise I'll just have to make the safe assumption that it's the Bush-Lovin', Republican Votin', Gun-totin' Texans...

  29. Annihilator
    Thumb Up

    RE: Samuel L

    "What" ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in What?

  30. Charlie Clark Silver badge
    Pirate

    Lightweight

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio knows how to deals with these people:

    http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14700628

  31. Sly
    Megaphone

    Some states have an official language

    but Texas is not one of them.

    All for making redneck the official language of Texas say yee-haw!

  32. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    @AC 13:54

    "What a racist twat you are."

    Hmm, the original comment @13:17 to which you refer is not racist as far as I can see, but please feel free to explain your assertion more fully. The original comment is hardly the most enlightened of views, and not one I would agree with, but it is not racist.

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Terminator

    Since when

    did Americans last speak English? Back in the first half of the 20th cenury, Noel Coward commented that they had not spoken it for years. Anyway, I read somewhere that, within 20 years the majority language in USA will be Spanish and is all ready in some areas.

    As for "Latino" and "African-american": dreadful classificaitons. Are not all citizens there just "Americans" or are they still classified and controlled by race and origin? Horrible litlle country.(mentally that is).

    I just loved the way one correspondent put *drive" before the right to "live" there. Got to get those priorities right.

  34. Jeff 10
    Megaphone

    Her quote was translated...

    To those that commented on her "I felt sad, humiliated" and thought she said it in English- did you ever think that might be a translation? Wouldn't make much sense to put the quote in Spanish in an English-speaking news article.

  35. John Wilson

    Language isn't the issue

    The issue here isn't whether or not the US has an official language, but that these police thought they could issue arbitrary tickets. How did they get away with issuing fines for non-fineable-non-offences in the first place?

  36. Paul 4

    @AC 14:29 GMT

    See above about being rasist and the use of Spanish in Texas.

  37. martindiv

    Yes and no

    While English is not required for a standard drivers license, in order to hold a COMMERCIAL drivers license in the US, you are REQUIRED to be able to speak, read and write English. (See the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Act)

    Interestingly, though this does not stop many states from offering the various CDL tests in multiple languages. (i.e. New York which offers the tests in 15 languages.)

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Troll

    Question is......

    could the cop in question speak proper English. She probaly couldn't understand the red neck. I sure as hang couldn't and I speak the Queen's.

  39. kain preacher Silver badge

    @ ac 14:44 GMT

    Lets review these statement

    “1 Texas was originally part of Mexico.”

    And the local inhabitants revolted and becacaqm a seprate contry before aplying for state hood

    Prior to becoming and indepant country Mexico was owned by Spain

    “2 Spanish was the oringinal language of the European settlers in North America (so who was lazy to learn another language?)”

    Um do you know how many Indian langues there were in this couintry

    “3 America is second only to Mexico in numbers of people who speak Spanish

    Why do you think it is against the Law for people who speak Spanish to take jobs as driving instructors?”

    Show me that law. I couldn’t find such a law in Texas . In California they do hire spanish speaking instructors

    “If you are so set against illegal aliens I hope you also are prepared to pay more for

    1 The products that rely on their labor”

    you mean like non union contructuion workers vrs union constrution workers.

    “2 Agree to higher Tax's to pay for raising the children who you intend to replace them as workers.” That makes no sense.

    “3 Agree to higher Tax's again to support low paid workers in their old age.”

    That’s called medicare. We all pay into it , we all get it at 65 regaurdless of income

    “4 It's one thing to steal another country for it's mineral resources, but stopping the people living in an occupied territory from having their family over to stay is wrong on a whole new level.”

    Texas is not an occupied territory

    Reason why to use illegals.

    You don’t have to pay pay roll taxes

    You intend to abuse your workers

    You don’t want to comply with saftey standards

    You want to cheat your workers .

  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ 13:55 GMT (yes this becomes very tangential)

    Native americans are not native to this country, they've just been here a little longer. As with all humans, they started in Africa and migrated (or were displaced to) the americas. While the cops in question are idiots, there is a problem with speaking a common language in this country. I'm not talking about my fellow citizens bothering to learn a second language (which would be nice), but the fact that people need to be able to communicate with each other. The southern drawl that I have to deal with is ridiculous. Even the people in this state can't understand each other and they're English speakers. Most of the Mexican population I deal with is illegal. I personally don't care, since most of them bust their a$$es for minimum pay (isn't right either). I do have a problem with people not being able to understand what's going on. Around factory equipment, this is dangerous.

    This isn't just a US problem. I'm sure Europe (and by extension, the UK) is going to enjoy the same thing when the Muslim population gets large enough to start affecting your culture/laws also. Blending of cultures isn't a bad thing, but it's easier if it doesn't happen so quickly so the really dumb quirks get weeded out.

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If you can't speeak the official language you should not have a driver's license

    If you can't read and write the English language then how did you take the written part of the test to obtain a driver's license? English is the only official language of the U.S.A. While other languages are accepted there is only one official language - English. If you live in America you have an obligation to learn the language just like you would if you lived in another country, especially if you want to be or claim to be a U.S. citizen. A drivers license is a privilege not a God given right.

  42. ian 22
    WTF?

    Which English?

    A few commentards have pointed out that Texans (and usians in general) don't speak English. Not to be obtuse, but I wonder what they classify as English: Chaucer's, Shakespear's, Ben Johnson's, or the Cockney spoken within range of Bow Bells? Then there are other varieties spoken in India, Australia, etc.

    Please be more specific.

  43. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge
    Coat

    Interesting new tax?

    Appart from some academic bods in the north-eastern towns, I reckon very few merkins could speak english to save their lives. So let's make it a new tax and be done with it.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    @Paul 4

    Being able to read the road signs in the language they are written in is not a racist requirement. Unfortunately, too many people tar others with a "racist" paint brush in order to stifle legitimate discussion.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    So the Viking settlers before the Spaniards

    They were speaking spanish, too? Yeah, that's what I thought, amigo.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    What would be appropriate

    Would be to take the fine out of the paycheck of each "officer" who wrote one of these tickets.

  47. David 45

    Make it up as you go along

    Make it new laws as you go along. UK police seem to have been doing that of late. I expect the next one will be "walking on the cracks in the pavement".

  48. Mike43

    A Little History.

    When Texas was part of Mexico, it was unsettled. Very few Mexicans lived here due to a charming group of peoples called the Kiowas, Apaches and Commanches. When Mexico instituted the settlement programs, there were more English speaking settlers than anyone else in Texas.

    Thus one could make the arguement that Texas has always been a majority English region, insofar as European languages are concerned.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    That's Texas for you

    That's Texas for you. The only time I went down there I got harrased by the police too. The people there really are weird, and the police there can do no wrong, except when they do. A few years ago, there was a nice article about a computer system crashing -- for over a month -- in one of the prison systems down there. Solution? Just not release anybody from jail. Some people were supposed to be in for a day or 2 and were in over 30 days. Eventually the judges started asking why no-one was showing up for trials. What was worse, the official in charge wasn't even apologetic, he was like "Well if they got picked up by the police they obviously committed crimes". I assume they got sued big time. I added several hundred miles on my last trip out west just to drive around Texas.

  50. Richard Scratcher
    IT Angle

    ¿Dónde está el ángulo de TI?

    Voy a por mi abrigo.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Most so called "Hispanics" speak very good English

    It's true.... When I've been in the US, the people from the so called Hispanic section of the population have spoken very good English. This ranges from the person who cleans my hotel room to VP level people I've encountered. And yet, there persists among the WASPS (and other white middle class sections of American society) that people speaking Spanish as their first language as a problem.

    And BTW, "I speak a little bit" usually means, "my speaking may not be brilliant but my knowledge of English grammar is probably better than yours".

  52. CoonDoggy
    FAIL

    ick, the language police

    > How did they get away with issuing fines for non-fineable-non-offences in the first place?

    Dallas Cops, duh...

    > If you are so set against illegal aliens I hope you also are prepared to pay more for

    > 1 The products that rely on their labor.

    Fine by me. Last I checked, that'd be a modest bump, more than offset by 11m people not clogging up border town ERs and schools or running into people in 20 hear old trucks without insurance.

  53. CoonDoggy
    Badgers

    race issues

    > As for "Latino" and "African-american": dreadful classificaitons. Are not all citizens there just "Americans" or are they still classified and controlled by race and origin? Horrible litlle country.(mentally that is).

    Well, Latino is a cultural class, so far as I can tell, while african american is the word du jour for blacks, although some people try to be edgy and call them 'people of color'. You're right, it's all very confusing and stupid - I mock it given the smallest opportunity.

    My favorite cringe moments were the NBC woman a couple olympics ago (2000?) interviewing a black british guy and asking him what it was like growing up as an african american in britain.

  54. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    @ Chris Miller

    Mi nombre es Permiso de Conducir. Tú mataste a mi padre! Prepárate para morir!

  55. CoonDoggy

    letters and or digits

    > there persists among the WASPS [the idea] that people speaking Spanish as their first language as a problem.

    Or perhaps just the idea that speaking only spanish and expecting people to cater to you is really rude. Sure, if you're in a border town, you can get people who speak spanish and go do your thing, but if you want to work in some random part of the country, it's rude to expect the locals to learn spanish to talk to you, especially if you're working a drivethru in springfield, va

  56. chris 233
    Alert

    road signs and english

    The insistence by some commentards that driving requires/should require speaking/reading/understanding english is puzzling at best: do any of you out there drive AT ALL? At most you need to understand ``stop'', ``slow'', have a basic understanding that numbers like ``35'' and ``55'' relate to miles per hour (in merkia) and are speeds that should not be exceeded while travelling on various sections of roadway, and be able to distinguish between red, green and orange lights at intersections. Most signs are designed with the illiterate in mind and are reduced to symbols and graphic designs. It seems to me understanding english is required only to ponder the pearls of wisdom falling like rose petals from the esteemed police constable's eloquent lips. NOT.

  57. Allan George Dyer Silver badge
    Boffin

    Re: If you can't speeak the official language you should not have a driver's license

    Odd how the lack of such a rule causes so little difficulty in Europe, where long-distance truck drivers routinely cross many language areas.

    It appears that having standardised icons on warning and instruction signs is sufficient. Direction signs just need to be in a script you know - most people can understand that, for example, the real name of Florence is Firenze.

    Luckily, placenames around here are given in Latin and Chinese characters.

  58. Rattus Rattus

    A Seppo claiming someone can't speak English?

    Her English was probably not much worse than that of a large proportion of natively-born, white Americans. At least she also has another language in which she is fluent.

    Though being Texas, her real crime was probably "Driving while Hispanic."

  59. CoonDoggy
    Thumb Down

    heh

    > English is the only official language of the U.S.A.

    Sorry, we haven't got one.

  60. Winkypop Silver badge
    Stop

    Foreign language road signs

    I speak English, but I have legally driven a car in:

    France

    Canada (French)

    Belgium

    Greece

    Germany

    etc..

    I didn't do my driving test in any of these countries and I can't speak but a mere quip of the lingo.

    Most countries road signs are universal, they take no more than a day to become familiar with.

    stop

    arrêt

    παύση

    halt

    etc...

  61. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    30 Years!!!!

    She should feel humiliated, 30 years and she's still not able to speak the native (well native for the last 200 or so years for the U.S.A.!) language???

  62. Chief sub

    Is it just me...

    ...or does this whole thread seem full of alimentary speling misteaks?

  63. Rod MacLean
    FAIL

    First European language spoken in North America?

    Paul4 wrote: "Also Spanish was the first European language spoken in North America."

    AC wrote: "2 Spanish was the oringinal language of the European settlers in North America (so who was lazy to learn another language?)"

    I'd just like to draw your attention to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_colonization_of_the_Americas

    As we all know, the Norse made it there 1000 years ago. That's right, 500 years before the Spanish. Are you suggesting that these Norse spoke Spanish?

    Besides which, Spanish was not the original language of the European settlers in North America for another very obvious reason - they were far more likely to speak the langauge of the country that they came from...

  64. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    Right idea, wrong offense.

    If the cop wanted to do this and get away with it, instead of specifically writing the language offense specifically, he should have simply charged her with obstructing justice.

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Alert

    Backwards

    Texan cops should be required to master basic Spanish or get canned.

  66. The First Dave
    Stop

    @Allan George Dyer

    The trouble with that is that the USofA does insist on using different road signs and conventions from the whole of the rest of the world.

  67. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I need to send this article to some French colleagues

    Just for laugh. I reckon they'll be more upset than the Spanish.

    Here in Germany, the authorities try to convince everyone that they are required to learn German if they are to be resident here - but they can only enforce this with those claiming benefits. But they have a point - if you chose to live in another country, it shows a really poor attitude if, after some years of residence, you haven't learn enough of the local language to be able to hold an everyday conversation.

  68. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    @AC 13:54 26/10

    "my native language is Engilsh [sic]"

    Owing: Keyboard, qty 1.

  69. Allan George Dyer Silver badge
    Joke

    @The First Dave

    In that case, the only solution is to dig an enormous ditch round the USofA, and fill it with water, to prevent them driving on sensibly-signed roads, where they may cause accidents.

    Has someone thought of this idea before?

  70. Hans 1 Silver badge
    Joke

    US driving license?

    LOL, rofl ...

    Check out what you must do to obtain one, then check the European "standard" .... why do we give these Usians driving licenses when they come to live here??? They should be forced to pass the test in a European country!!

    As for the language, heck, I speak 4 languages fluently, 5 if I count Usian, then again, I am not that good at it and hate chewing gum (the only way I found to get the accent right).

  71. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge
    WTF?

    @AC 26th October, 18:30 ...

    ... You say, "Being able to read the road signs in the language they are written in is not a racist requirement". It has been mentioned before by other commentators, but it is so important it needs saying again - you are wrong! By your formulation, I should not be able to drive anywhere that the signs are not in English, unless I can prove sufficient competence in the language that road signs are written in. That would make it very difficult here in Europe, if not other areas around the world - in the last year, I've driven in France, Switzerland (okay, same language for the road signs), Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany ... and so on. The only difficulty I had was with signs giving the reasons for diversions, but I don't NEED to know the reason - just follow the signs.

    I'd like to take a guess that you are American, and have never driven anywhere that doesn't have the same road signs that you are used to ... right?

  72. Nemesii
    Thumb Up

    Nate Phillips

    My black friend (or Black-American if you had to distinghuish his country of citizenship) would probably put african-american in quotes, if he was the kind of guy to do that kind of thing.

    He got to America by way of Jamaica, and while technically he originally came from Africa, so did we all right?

  73. CoonDoggy
    WTF?

    USian?!

    > Usians

    Wtf is that? We call ourselves Americans.

  74. Damien Thorn
    Thumb Down

    not quite 1 in 5...

    Most of us have english as a first language, the world however has between 8% and 27% who can understand english, which means unless we want to appear stupid instead of complaining they dont speak english we need to get off our backsides and learn other languages.

    FRENCH AND SPANISH - And for some encouragement have a look at some french and spanish women, very hot top totty,wouldnt you like to chat them up:P

    Police should be bi-lingual, in this case how can you do a job if you cant understand 1 in 2 people?

  75. pitagora

    there are other countries too besides US!

    "If she can't speak English, or Texan for that matter, then presumably she might not be able to read English. She might be at a loss for understanding traffic signs. Therefore, a danger to other road users etc etc."

    This is the typical attitude for the average American :( You do realize there are other countries and languages out there right? Traffic signs are the same in every country. Just because I can't speak or read Chinese it doesn't mean I can't drive in China, for crying out load!

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