For instance I can't figure out how my friend's latina mother can't try learning English (at the very least intermediate level) after being in the US for 20 years ever since my friend was a 1 year-old baby.
I think it's pure laziness. If I were moving to a country and planning on residing there for long years, I would try learning the language at least.
Most Helpful Guy
I mean, nobody is under any obligation, but I find it highly impractical. I'm in the Hispanic foods business, so I deal with bodega owners in Puerto Rican and Dominican neighborhoods pretty often, and I'm astounded at how few of them know even any English besides a few words. It makes my job very difficult sometimes because I can't communicate with them. I don't want to quite call it lazy per se, but I agree in that I'd never move somewhere long term unless I knew it was intent on learning the language, just for my own convenience, let alone the convenience of others. But they live in these isolated little neighborhoods amongst themselves, so if they don't feel they need English, then whatever. My only problem is when they look at me like I'M fucking up for not knowing Spanish. Other than that though, it's whatever, it probably causes them way more problems than it causes me.0
Most Helpful Girl
I hate them. There's so many Russians here who have been living in Latvia for like.. millenniums, and they still don't speak Latvian and always initiate convos in Russian and expect everyone to understand. Yet another reason I hate this place. Makes my blood boil.1