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Should I learn how to Speak Spanish?

I've been meaning to inquire this here and would like your opinion. As many know I live in San Diego. During the fires we had a family from Fallbrook stay with us for three days of whom don't speak any English at all. When the ladies son came to the fridge while I was looking for something to eat, he just looked at me. Judging by his look, I thought he was thirsty so in an attempt to communicate, I asked. "Are you thirsty"? He replied with the same look on his face. So, I gave it another try, "El Drinko", he shook his head yes, and I grabbed him something.

My roommate jokingly criticized me and everyone else in the house thought I was joking, but the kid got his drink and I didn't know what to ask.

Just now on a small break, 1 of 2 what seemed to be Mexicans asked me for a smoke, I gave him one, and then one of them proceeded to ask me about my SideKick 3 PDA. I had a small idea what he was asking and answered "Thress". I guess he wanted to know if I would sell it to him for $200. I said no, but he had a long conversation about it of which I couldn't make anything out but the fact that he wanted to buy it off me.

Now, because of where I live should I learn how to speak Spanish and better communicate with a growing population or do you think I can skave by with out one day offending some one? I took Spanish classes when I was younger but for some reason can only say a couple of words.






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Well, you know, it is your country and your language, and they ought to speak it exclusively if they are there, and you ought not have to accomodate them, so if you'd rather not learn any of it, I am all with you.

Yet, the reality of it is that you are pretty close to the border down there, and you are as you know over run with people there, with immigrants, legal or illegal, that are unable and/or unwilling to learn English, and it can help a LOT if you can speak Spanish. In a way it opens a whole new world to you, even if you can only say a little, restaurant Spanish.

I know a little as I was married to a Peruvian, and visited down there a bunch of times where hardly anyone knows English. In places like that, with "total immersion" for a month or so, you learn pretty well, enough for the basics anyway.

The verb tenses are hard, (pluperfect and all of that) but the rest isn't too bad. It is fairly like english, and many words that end in English in "-tion" are identical in Spanish except in "-cion" (situation = situacion, etc.)

The people are pretty kind and friendly and they really love it if you try to speak Spanish.

Especially the Latina girls!!!! "Con permiso? = May I?" "Quisieras bailar? = Would you like to dance?" "Necesitas algo? = Do you need anything?" etc

It might definately be worth the effort.

Start with Por favor (please), Gracias (thank you) Digame mas despacio (Say it to me slower) and you will be on your way.

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If you're selling something to them (e.g. capitalizing on their presence rather than condoning or condemning it), you should learn the language. I take issue with it, but that's the reality.

Otherwise, I think the onus for learning a foreign language is on the foreigner. I'd no more go to Spain or France unprepared to speak the language, than I would expect them to come here and have a very good time of it.
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Irregardless of what those negative Nellies think, you'll find that learning another language enriches you both intellectually and culturally. There is no intelligent reason not to learn another language--gopher it!
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If I lived in San Diego I would do everything I could to learn Spanish as quickly as possible. It is in YOUR best interest. You live in a state that has a rich Spanish culture and thousands of businesses where many of the folks only speak Spanish. Why limit YOURSELF.

When I was in Santa Cruz I needed to ask directions a couple of times because apparently Santa Cruz believes that, off the main road, signage to points of interest are not ascetically pleasing and it required my somewhat broken Spanish to get the correct directions [but I did get them].

I learned in NYC that Whiteboy from the South was a distinct minority and that more times than not, English was not the primary language so I had as many people as possible helping me learn their language. One restaurant had a Cuban waitress. She taught me Spanish, I helped her get her GED. Another had a Russian server, same deal. I got to teach simple history, math, English and civics and I got to learn very basic Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Hindi.

As an aside we also talked religion so I got a pretty good immersion in Hindu, Buddhism, Judaism and Muslim concepts. They got to find out that all Southerners who happened to be recovering Baptists were not out to convert them.

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Great advice guys, thanks. I too feel I should learn. I am a very helpful guy and could be more so if I can communicate in other languages. I dated a Japanese girl of whom started to teach me Japanese, the same goes for the 2 German girls I've dated. I was good at reading Dutch and learned how to communicate with her mother when she visited. I lost most of both when we separated but feel Dutch was way more easier to learn then Spanish for what every reason. I will look more into it. I plan on going back to school next year and feel I should take Spanish as a course.






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Learn to speak with Da' cia, she is cute and you will get more for your invested time

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Learn to speak with Da' cia, she is cute and you will get more for your invested time
LOL, she's not Spanish.....LOL






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LOL, she's not Spanish.....LOL
That was not the point

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Sly, I am with you. I think it would be advantageous to speak Spanish. It's really the only way to stay empowered over them wetbacks.

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