Language As A Key To Success & Acceptance
A restaurant owner decides to have his employees enroll in English language and speaking classes, and the event is noted in a major Washington D.C. area publication.
Shouldn't this calculation and behavior be the norm? It was only back in May when we had people marching in the streets claiming that America was actually part of Aztlan, which was really part of Mexico, and should be returned, at least culturally, back to Mexico.
During the marches throughout the country, one read that many marchers gave as a reason to being in the streets - "We are marching to insist that we (non-citizens) have rights!"
I guess speaking English, and making money in America, is a little more important.
So, learning English gives one more opportunities and people can go further to reaching ones dreams here in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />America ... unlike NOT being able to dream and achieve those dreams south of the border due to the lack of cultural and economic opportunity.
A few phrases in English put diners at ease
By Ayla Kremen - THE WASHINGTON TIMES - August 19, 2006<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> With a hint of nervousness showing on her face, Grace Gonzales, 27, approached the table.
"Can I get you something to drink?" she asked, scanning the table for looks of approval from her classmates, the other employees at Cuna del Sol, a Guatemalan restaurant in Manassas.
Jose Tenas, the owner of the restaurant, has enrolled seven members of his staff in English classes for the past week to help them better serve English-speaking customers.
"Learning English is very important because I like to give good service to my customers," he said. "I have a lot of American customers right now, and we need to learn how to serve them."
----"Now they have more confidence and have lost their shyness because they now know how to greet and work with" English speakers, she said.
Miss Williams said many people are unaware that Hispanic immigrants frequently come to the United States with little more than a sixth-grade education, which gives them limited language skills, even in their native Spanish.
"After taking this course, I've had more success as a waitress, and I feel encouraged to continue to learn [more] English," wrote a waitress in her course evaluation.
Miss Gonzales said she and some of the other waitresses will continue to take classes.
"Learning English will give us more opportunities," she said. "We can now go further and have another career if we want to."
So, learning English gives more opportunities and people can go further to reaching ones dreams here in America ... unlike NOT being able to dream and achieve those dreams south of the border due to the lack of cultural and economic opportunity.