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    I'm from USA but am totally fluent in Spanish due to my time in South America. I'm curious, What steps are companies taking to deal with the tremendous influx of foreign speaking people in this country.In my area, a lot of Spanish speaking home-owners are very cash rich and love to spend money on Air conditioning. I find that if I show respect to their families and culture and communicate with them in their language I sell a lot of systems. I also get recommendations from the entire family and from their friends. This typically numbers in the dozens. It seems that once one of the family buys a new system everone wants one.

    And please none of the redneck "if they want to live here learn english" garbage. It's true people should speak the main language of the country that they live, but that is a perfect world and is at this moment in time contrary to reality. Providing HVAC to the immigrant communities of different languages is a key to compete with larger companies without the overhead.

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    I am fluent in street slang and somewhat coherent in English.
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    I am hard of hearing, and the city I used to live in had a good numbers of deaf people so they'd call me for service since I know sign language..

    They were sad to see I left the city.

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    Put me down for one redneck comment please.

    Sorry stat when the poster at McDonald's is in spanish with english in smaller letters under the spanish words. And this was in Kansas.

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    I don't give a damn how much money they have. They are HERE. HERE, we speak English.

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    Originally posted by condenseddave
    I don't give a damn how much money they have. They are HERE. HERE, we speak English.
    I agree and I don't like someone setting the tone fore negativism with the "redneck" ****. WTF is up with that? You're a Redneck if you have a problem with losing your country?

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    Yeah but guess what? In several more years minorities will increase in population.

    It helps to become a bilingual tech. I'm certainly one.

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    Originally posted by yorkie820
    Yeah but guess what? In several more years minorities will increase in population.

    It helps to become a bilingual tech. I'm certainly one.
    And you are part of the problem, for promoting this.

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    We have a number of minorities that speak English. And a lot of them did not when they came her. What is so special about the ones that won't?

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    Nothing special, just an arrogant laziness. They think they're too important to take time out of their busy schedules driving like idiots to learn the language of the land.

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    condenseddave, typical anti-minority response...

    It is the ignorance that is part of the problem. FYI, I was born here and I speak both english and spanish very well. It is a very big advantage to know both languages but I would never forget my native language

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    Originally posted by condenseddave
    Nothing special, just an arrogant laziness. They think they're too important to take time out of their busy schedules driving like idiots to learn the language of the land.
    When the first act you commit is breaking the law to come here, it kind of denotes a lack of concern for learning the language and repect for the country. But hey, 1/2 of this problem is in Washington.

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    Yes it is important to learn the language to survive in this country. But you're talking about forgetting their native language as well.

    One time I was sent to Mexico for a DDC job. They sure wouldn't send ur ass there, condenseddave.

    Bilingualism comes in handy....

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