A conversation I overheard during lunch gave me pause for thought.
A man at the next table struck up a conversation with the young Chinese waitress. He allowed that he was from India, and made mention of India, Nippon, and China in a sentence I didn't quite comprehend as it was not my conversation, after all. They talked about how long they'd been here and how they liked Tallahassee. When he inquired as to where she lived, she made a point of saying, "I live nearby, with FAMILY."
She went to answer the phone and the conversation ended. What suddenly struck me was that while she chatted with her fellow waitress in their native tongue, the conversation with the patron was in English. While 'they' might pass laws requiring certain languages be spoken/understood/printed, there has to be one language that is primary so that we can all communicate without newcomers having to learn more than one tongue.
Imagine an ethnic waitress in a university town trying to remember the polyglot of dialects of customers from all over the globe!
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