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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    Are you asking if I think that Americans can only speak one language? My answer is obviously no. I feel sad that we dont automatically teach our children other languages.
    No. I think it's awesome your kids are growing up bilingual. I wish this was the norm. Instead it's ingrained in American culture that within 2 generations the language other than English will be lost. What an amazing nation this would be if we all had learned our ancestors' languages in addition to English. I would know German, Swedish, and English.

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    It's a little off topic, but when I was a kid (8 YO maybe) I sent a fan letter to Coke. They sent me stickers that read Have a Coke and a smile! in a bunch of different languages.

    Just seems like Coke has always gone for a global fan base and tries to celebrate how awesome we all are as people in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    It's a little off topic, but when I was a kid (8 YO maybe) I sent a fan letter to Coke. They sent me stickers that read Have a Coke and a smile! in a bunch of different languages.

    Just seems like Coke has always gone for a global fan base and tries to celebrate how awesome we all are as people in general.
    That is interesting. Also OT. One of the most interesting things about how people speak here is that ______ is not called soft drink, soda, pop or whatever else people call it. Everything is called coke. For example if you were to go to a restaurant and the waitress asked you what you wanted to drink and you responded "coke", they would ask "and what kind of coke would you like?" and then expect you do go on to say Sprite or Coke, Pepsi or whatever else you wanted to drink. It is right up there with calling a shopping cart a buggy.

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    That would drive me insane. hahaha. Regional things.

    I typically call it soda but I also slip in tonic. My grandmother always called it tonic when I was growing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    That would drive me insane. hahaha. Regional things.

    I typically call it soda but I also slip in tonic. My grandmother always called it tonic when I was growing up.
    It is one of the more annoying parts of being raised in NY, but living in TN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Did all these people forget that we are all a nation of immigrants...that we all have different ethnic backgrounds and experiences? I thought that was what the Constitution and being in the USA was about.
    I had this conversation with my husband the other day.

    Most generations that immigrate follow certain patterns.

    - the one who immigrated speak their native language and live in neighborhoods with others of similar heritage and language
    -1st generation is bi-lingual
    -2nd generation usually only English (unless the other language is still spoken in the home)

    I have no issue with embracing our differences and celebrating our heritages.

    What I don't agree with is people not embracing that being American is not just one definition, but a melding of all these cultures into something different.
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