“Trim the shrubs.” “Recorte los arbustos.”

Contessa says via email -

Bucks County Community College, a publicly funded community college, now offers a “Command Spanish” class. An employer who owns a landscaping firm in Holland, PA is taking the class so they can communicate to their Guatemalan workers (illegals most likely). One of the phrases they learn to say to their workers in Spanish is “no ofrecemos seguro” or “we don’t offer health insurance”. No kidding, big surprise. If this isn’t appalling enough, last summer a 24-year old Bucks County man out for a nice afternoon motorcyle ride in beautiful Tinicum Township, was struck and killed by an unlicensed, illegal immigrant from Guatemala who worked for a landscaping firm in Bucks County. Now our tax dollars are not only paying to incarcerate, feed and educate Julio Xiloj Madrid, but we are funding classes so that employers can communicate with other non-English speaking Guatemalan illegal immigrants employed in the area. Nice touch.


The teacher paced the room, holding up a card with the words “You’re welcome” scrawled in black marker.

“Anybody?” she challenged. “Anybody? Who knows it?”

“De nada?” a student slouching in the corner offered tentatively.

“Very good,” the teacher said. “Muy bien!”

A minute later, the talk was of landscaping.

“Trim the shrubs.” “Recorte los arbustos.”

“Pick up the clippings.” “Recoja los recortes.”

And then, employment issues - Trump-style.

“You’re fired!” “Está despedido!”

Nine mostly middle-aged pupils have traveled to Newtown for the evening Spanish class at Bucks County Community College. But they have no intention of becoming fluent. With spring less than two weeks away, these lawn-care company bosses merely want to learn enough to direct simple instructions and questions to the Mexican and Central American employees who have become essential to their business. [Yeah, right. Before the illegal alien invasion, we all sat around watching the grass grow, wondering what to do.]

“Occupational Spanish,” which focuses on a narrow set of job-specific phrases and a few pleasantries, represents a burgeoning segment of language education in the United States, where almost seven million Spanish-speaking adults have little or no command of English, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. If illegal immigrants are included, no one knows what the actual number is.

4 Responses to ““Trim the shrubs.” “Recorte los arbustos.””

  1. Contessa Says:

    Next they’ll be offering classes in the “indigenous” languages that Naui supposedly speaks. Oh yeah, he’s in jail. I almost forgot.

  2. David Says:

    I bet my life that every singel group in this country that does not speak English will demand that all of us English speaking folk learn THEIR languages.

  3. Contessa Says:

    David, there are many LEGAL immigrants in the U.S. from almost every single country in the world. However, the ONLY ones who don’t assimilate, don’t like to learn English and insist that everyone speak their native language are the ILLEGAL immigrants from Mexico (especially) and Central America. Most LEGAL immigrants and naturalized citiizens who entered legally are better educated, and have to meet language requirements. They aren’t the ones insisting on bilingual education for their children - in fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’ nice to be multi-lingual, but when one moves to another country it’s only logical to learn that language. “when in Rome do as the Romans”. Interesting that legal immigrants from Eastern Europe, Asia, India, etc . don’t demand that their children be taught in their languages and their children tend to be very successful academically and end up learning English very quickly. A lesson to be taught to the MExicans, don’t you think?

  4. David Says:

    Good point! Didn’t think of it that way. You know, it made me think of what a friend told me once. Her dad was in the Army and her and her mom were with him in Germany. She was so excited that she was going to learn German, since no one in Germany speaks English. Her first day at school she was shocked that EVERYONE spoke English. Come to find out, the kids are taught English as a second language. Wonder what other countries do this?

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