Supermarket going bilingual

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  1. scienceteach82

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    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/18734126/detail.html#-

    What do you think?

    In our area...we also have a large Asian population. I think it is great to put of the signs, cause it generates more revenue...but there are other cultures in the same area that would benefit with those signs as well.
     
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    If 50% of the customer base would benefit, they'd be stupid not to.
     
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    I saw that on the news ScienceT. We have a "Food Depot" in town here that has been putting out their adds in both English/Spanish as well as having signs in the store in both languages. Even though I am a native English-speaker I have my ESL endorsement and I realize how much it helps people from other countries to have basic needs (such as food) signed in their native language. I have noticed when my bf and I are driving through Gwinette County the last time that there are also a large number of English/Asian signs on businesses. If the customers for this store are 1/2 Hispanic then they are only using good business sense.
     
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    For as long as there has been commerce and trade, the unwritten rule is that business is conducted in the language of the buyer.
     
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    Lots of people are upset by it...it's so dumb. It's not hurting anyone...just making it more user friendly.
     
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    Oh, I could rant and rave about this one.......

    But I'll be good and keep my mouth shut! :)
     
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    Yes, many of our signs are in Spanish. It takes some time to get used to.
     
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    :lol: Great minds think alike! ;)
     
  10. Shanoo

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    I'm Canadian and from the only officially bilingual province in the country. Therefore, I grew up with bilingual (French/English) signage everywhere. On top of that, it was essential that a person be able to speak both languages. In some parts of the province, it's nearly impossible to get a job otherwise.

    I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like they're taking down the signs in english. From what I saw in the pictures, on many of the signs, the words in English were much larger than those in Spanish.

    As well, think of the learning opportunities this gives!! I speak some Spanish, but I didn't know that 'crackers' was 'galletas saladas' - something I learned just be reading the article and looking at the pictures. Imagine what I could learn by shopping there!!!
     
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    Thanks, Shanoo.

    I've never understood how having other languages around makes us less.
     

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