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The other day, I heard an elderly immigrant to America tell how it was for him and his wife when they first came to America.

The husband, Nick, came first and found a place for them to live. Then he sent for his wife, Rosa.

When Rosa arrived in New York, Nick told her he was going to teach her 10 words of English every day. As Nick went out to work as a janitor, he made it a point to learn 10 new words so he could teach them to Rosa that night at the supper table.

Rosa sulked and balked but Nick stuck by his guns and she learned the 10 words of the day before they went to sleep that night.

You can guess how the story ended. Rosa's functional vocabulary grew by a minimum of 10 words a day. Soon, she was able to go shopping for meat and groceries, placing her order in heavily accented English but she was understandable.


Now Joey Vento's story from South Philly

Joey Vento, owner of Geno's, a south Philadelphia cheesesteak shop, died of a heart attack on Tuesday. Besides being the owner of one of the city's most well-known steak sandwich shops, Vento caught national attention in 2006 for a sign he placed in his restaurant urging customers to speak English.

If you would go into a small town restaurant in Spain or Germany, would you expect the owners to understand your order in English? Or would you make an effort to learn a few words of the local language?"

One customer said, "I live in Philly. This guy was a good man. He donated tons of cash to kids groups, most of them minorities . He loved America and Philly and hated to see what is becoming of it. His family were immigrants and assimilated to the country and had success and they came from pure poverty. He wanted to instill in all kids that the only way to get ahead is to do hard work, whether it be a job, art or school. Think about it. Which immigrant will have a better advantage: one who refuses to learn English or one who learns it?"

Another customer said, "You need to learn to speak English to become a citizen of the USA. If you don't like that you can get out."

HMA said, "I am Hispanic and I have to say that people that come to this country should learn to speak the language. I came here when I was 15 and I tried very hard to learn the English language quickly. I made sure I made friends with American kids and not just Hispanic kids. Forward 30 years and I speak actually 3 languages fluently: French, English and Spanish. I see many folks that come to this country and they just mingle with their kind and that slows down the learning process. I've known people that are here for years and still cannot speak English which is sad but it is because they do not associate themselves with English speaking folks."

Another said, "How was this guy racist? Is it really unreasonable to expect people to communicate in the local language?"

A sad customer said,

"Rest in peace, Mr. Vento. You were a great American.

I make it a point to eat at Geno's ... every time I go to Philly."

 

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