I will never understand why people feel offended or think it’s rude when people are speaking another language. It seems to only be the case in the U.S. and mostly with the Spanish language. When I am in Europe I’ll give the other language a shot. I end up doing the same with my husband and family whenever we visit the US as tourists, just because the glares and outrage are so interesting. For the most part, it is a completely different reaction than what would be normal. But the United States does not speak Spanish – for the most part. In this country, you speak English as much as possible. Especially in public and in business. It’s called respecting the country you supposedly love. That’s a bit petty and not very constructive. But you seem to have a good grasp of English and that’s the main thing: to be able to communicate with other Americans. What anybody speaks in private is their business- just, again, be mindful of the workplace, where having a private conversation in another language may be rude if others can hear it. He didn’t speak Italian after arriving here. Nor did any of his 8 brothers and sisters. We still had our culture – at home. But to get work, to be respected, he had to earn it. That’s the difference.
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