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NEWS via NBCNews: With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct BY CARMEN SESÍN HOMESTEAD, FL – Her name is Spanish in origin, but for Juana Sales, a migrant farm-worker from the Guatemalan high lands, it hardly reflects her cultural identity. Ten years ago, when Sales arrived in Homestead, an agricultural area in South Florida, she only spoke Mam – a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500. The obscure tongue, which is mostly spoken in Guatemala and Mexico, is classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as vulnerable to becoming extinct. Since then, Sales has learned a heavily accented, broken Spanish and a little English. She has 4 children who were born in the U.S., but none of them have shown interest in speaking their mother’s tongue. Salas is one of a growing number of U.S. Latinos who speak ancient Mesoamerican languages, some of which are considered critically endangered of becoming extinct. According to the 2010 [...]

DEBATE: Whole Foods Faces Boycott Over English-Only Work Policy

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Whole Foods faces boycott over English-only work policy – NBC News.com. Fact: The United States does not declare an official language. So what’s the big deal anyway? Do you think the Whole Food’s policy is needed or racist? Position 1: Pro-Bilingualism Isn’t it a good thing that there are staff members who are able to communicate bilingually? Maybe the bilingual speakers feel more comfortable or even share camaraderie in their heritage. Bilingual speakers have the ability to help customers who may speak another language. Shouldn’t we be encouraged to speak multiple languages? Some Europeans pride themselves in being able to speak four or five different languages. Does this show that Americans are hesitant towards allowing other heritages from expressing themselves in public? Is this an attempt to squash civil liberties, especially if there is no law. Should big business be allowed to create employee rules that prevent languages other than English from [...]
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