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Old 06-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Can your parents speak English?

Can your parents speak English? My parents immigrated to Canada almost 30 years ago, but they cannot speak English because they were too busy working to support the family and starting a new life. They can get by with their minimal English, but they are not able to hold a proper conversation.
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My parents immigrated to Canada from SE Asia almost 30 years ago, and they can speak English despite being busy working to support ourfamily and starting a new life.
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Well, some ppl learn new languages much quicker than others.
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Yes.. but my dad does it so fobby at times and I can't help but laugh at him
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Well, some ppl learn new languages much quicker than others.
Some people just don't care to learn new languages because they can squeek by with their native tongue.


Both my grandmothers have been here like 50+ years and don't speak a word. It's not because they can't learn. It's because they don't care to learn.
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Well, some ppl learn new languages much quicker than others.
everyone i've talked to who has learned english as a second/third/forth language said english was the easiest language to learn. Which makes sense. English is probably one of the tougher languages to master with spelling and grammer, but to get by even by fob english is relatively easy.

the only reason why your parents or grandparents can not speak english after 30 years is because they have always stayed in places that speak their language. ie. my grandpa refused to learn english because he was scared to talk to "white" people so he just stayed in chinatown/family where he could speak mandarin/hindi with. He can't even speak a full english sentence, he's been here almost 30 years as well.
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yes, my dad graduated in JO. And my mom graduated in Quesnel (some small town in BC).
They met at UBC. They both immigrated to Canada when they were around 17-20 ish.

Their English isn't that great. They have trouble pronouncing some stuff properly, and they sometimes can sound Fobbish.
But they know and understand more than enough to be considered fluent enough, and have no problem carrying a conversation.
But they pretty much only have Chinese speaking friends.
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We immigrated 5 years ago. Everyone in my house, except my 90-year old grandmother speaks English fluently.
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yes, my dad graduated in JO. And my mom graduated in Quesnel (some small town in BC).
They met at UBC. They both immigrated to Canada when they were around 17-20 ish.

Their English isn't that great. They have trouble pronouncing some stuff properly, and they sometimes can sound Fobbish.
But they know and understand more than enough to be considered fluent enough, and have no problem carrying a conversation.
But they pretty much only have Chinese speaking friends.
What's "JO?"
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Mom is filipino chinese, dad is from HK. Mom lived in philippines almost her entire childhood life so she had a bit of the flip accent when she immigrated to canada, but she quickly fixed it after living in Canada for years.. Dad studied in McMaster here in Canada, so he has good English.
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my parents speak perfect english and they've been here what.. 30ish years too

mind you my russian friends parents have been here for the same amount of time as my parents and there english isn't great. my friends dad told my girlfriend she can ride him since i was too drunk to drive. apparently he meant he'll give her a ride. i was confused
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both my parents can speak english. even my grandparents can.
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fluent but it sometimes sounds weird to me as i learned english here. my parents were taught british english in hk. after being here so long, it has become canadian english with a hint of british accent.
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yes. They also have a british accent
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even my grandparents tried and are still learning english and they're in their 70's

They might sound chinese fobbish but they can say simple things like "yes" "no" "thank you" and some street names in their neighborhood.
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I thought so to but he said: "My dad graduated IN J.O." so that threw me off. I guess even Google Translator sometimes makes mistakes...
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Come on..been here for 30 years and can't speak english?

"Doesnt care to learn"

If you are going to immigrate to any country make an effort to learn the language! It really bugs me when chinese people move here and don't involve themselves in Canadian culture AT ALL..just live in their happy chinese bubble in richmond and never interact with caucasian's..get real! I get strange looks in parker place as if I shouldnt be there because Im white..Im getting sick of this shit. This is CANADA, learn english please!

Before anyone calls me a racist, I have an asian girlfriend AND I speak Chinese, so fuck you.
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Before anyone calls me a racist, I have an asian girlfriend AND I speak Chinese, so fuck you.
i duno why that line made me laugh, not trying to make funny of u in anyway but i imagined u speaking prefect chinese just to shock ppl

anyways my dad graduated from university of Illinois, so yes he speaks & to the point where it pisses ppl often (or at least me) as he likes to use big & uncommonly used words

my mom fail english many times & can get by from just ordering McDs & i aways find it sad that my mom had trouble learning cuz of the way her brain works
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Come on..been here for 30 years and can't speak english?

"Doesnt care to learn"

If you are going to immigrate to any country make an effort to learn the language! It really bugs me when chinese people move here and don't involve themselves in Canadian culture AT ALL..just live in their happy chinese bubble in richmond and never interact with caucasian's..get real! I get strange looks in parker place as if I shouldnt be there because Im white..Im getting sick of this shit. This is CANADA, learn english please!

Before anyone calls me a racist, I have an asian girlfriend AND I speak Chinese, so fuck you.
Canada is more about not telling people how to live their lives.

And those bubbles exist all over the world btw. Some people just refuse to integrate
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Come on..been here for 30 years and can't speak english?

"Doesnt care to learn"

If you are going to immigrate to any country make an effort to learn the language! It really bugs me when chinese people move here and don't involve themselves in Canadian culture AT ALL..just live in their happy chinese bubble in richmond and never interact with caucasian's..get real! I get strange looks in parker place as if I shouldnt be there because Im white..Im getting sick of this shit. This is CANADA, learn english please!

Before anyone calls me a racist, I have an asian girlfriend AND I speak Chinese, so fuck you.
I'm not following here...we're talking about whether or not someone knows an official language of Canada and you're linking that to being discriminated against for being white? Do Asians have a tendency to give strange looks when they see someone who speaks English??

I'm not saying you're a racist but pulling the "I have an Asian girlfriend and I speak Chinese" certainly doesn't mean that you can't be racist...I jerk off to Asian porn, does that mean I can't be racist either??
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