Pan Ohco wrote: > There may be a job in government where the use of english is > unnecessary, but I can't think of one. If you don't have to > communicate with the public, you will have to communicate with your > boss, who does communicate with the public. It isn't frustrating for the public who call in. It can be a real PITA for the employees who have to deal with them. Shortly before I retired I had a call from a lady in the accounting office about my expense account. I couldn't understand her, and she couldn't understand me. It was pathetic. > In my experience, I have found that if the person in question, intends > to stay in this county, they attempt to learn the language. If they > are intending to stay only until they pry enough gold out of the > street, and then return home, they will not learn. > And those who wish to stay, will have their children, translate or > teach them to speak english. I have serious questions about ESL classes. I keep reading articles in the newspaper about how school boards are having a hard time with their budgets and are having difficulty finding the money for adult ESL classes. That leaves me wondering why the school board is responsible for teaching English to immigrants. We have two official languages in this country. Immigrants are supposed to be able to speak one of those two, but we get thousands of them every year who can speak neither. They are the ones who decided to move this country. I think that it is their responsibility to learn the language.