When GOP candidate Tim James says "we in America speak English"...who's "we"?

in Hawaii, Hawaiian is an official language, and many legal residents here speak Chuukese, due to free association with the Micronesian Republic. very few of them speak English. aren' they "we" too?

my American citizen cousin is Russian and speaks almost no English at all, as he is homeschooled and is taught in Russian, as well as being raised around other Russians. should he be deported?

should every Mexican who has trouble with english be deported?

so who is this elusive "we"?


technically, America has no official language, and in Hawaii, Hawaiian is a legally recognized language.

21 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    We...are the Americans. Learn English. No one forces anyone to do so--however, we should stop spending billions every year to accomodate those that refuse to do so.

  • 9 years ago

    Yes, you are correct they is not official language for the entire US. And you have no idea how much money that fact costs us annually.

    No, don't be an idiot. No one says because your cousin doest speak much english does not mean they should be deported. OBTW If your cousin is an american citizen then he's not russian. His ancestry may be russian. But he's not allowed dual citizenship.

    What it does say is, his parents are stupid for not teaching him the dominant language of the country he lives in.

    Every mexican who does not have the proper paperwork to legally live in this country SHOULD be deported. And that goes for citizens of every other nationality as well.

    Latin is a recognized language as well. But it's not the spoken language of any country.

  • Spook
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    True, there is no "official" language in the US, but the majority of us do speak English. There is a large percentage that speak no other language. American English has been the accepted language of communication in general and until recent years was the only language taught as a required subject. To do business and be able to communicate here, it is more likely that you will gain more by using English over any other language. True there are some isolated areas where other languages are used, but most that do so also know English or have a working knowledge of it.

    I work for a customer who has a large Hispanic work force. There is one of them that translates for the workers and he takes advantage of the language barrier for his own personal gain. Businesses that are local and have no need for a Spanish speaking person, especially one who knows no English are not likely to advance that worker because of the language barrier. The lack of a working knowledge of the language that the majority uses only hampers their chances for better jobs and other opportunities. If you move to Mexico in an area where English is not spoken, why would you expect them to change their language just for you, especially if you entered illegally?

    If you expect to advance and find the better jobs, you learn the language that is spoken in the country by the majority of the population, otherwise live a lesser existence than would be possible in you knew their language. Other than to provide an convenience to our visitors, we have no need to speak their language.

  • 9 years ago

    If you are going to be here legally you should have to speak english. Not perfect english but where people can understand you. If you can't then you should not be granted the legal status. When you say mexican if they are not legal then yes they should be deported. If your cousin can't speak english then the government is not doing there job in making sure that people are home schooled well. That is not very smart of his parents. This is not russia it is the united states, It's relay not that hard to understand.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    We is us.

    -you may find the occasional american who doesn't speak English, most of us don't and if we do we explain to them(in whatever way we can) that it is in their best interest and ours for them to learn.

    I can't begin to imagine moving to Germany to become a citizen and NOT learning/speaking German. It takes a lot of nerve and contempt to do so.

    Like wittle wickey Swanchez's parents, 50+ years in this country and still speak ONLY Spanish.

  • 9 years ago

    That's been the established language here for a few hundred years, but I don't care. If you don't want to talk to me you don't need to learn English.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    There's no elusive to it. " WE" are the American People and " ENGLISH " is the language of the United States. You and nobody else will ever change that, comprende'. Oh and by the way .... Adios

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Americans. Hawaii should change to English or be kicked out.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Depuis quand?

    No melting pot, then? Darn, and here I was all set for the potluck.

  • 9 years ago

    Xenophobia runs deep in the USA.

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