Some never adopt English as second language
Alicia Alvarado presses two for Spanish.
Nearly everything the 44-year-old janitor needs can be had in her mother tongue. She shops in Spanish, files police reports, talks to nurses and teachers and voice-mail systems. For 17 years, Alvarado has lived in a Spanish-speaking world, first in Los Angeles and now in Concord's Monument Corridor.
Her continued monolingualism stems from cultural pride, a hectic life and the challenge of studying a foreign language.
"We don't want to lose our roots," she says.
Then, she blushes and adds, "when I first moved (to Concord), I was ashamed to attend English classes."
Ashamed to take English classes? You have a "pride" in your failed culture? (NOTE TO MULTICULTURAL LIBS: Take a look at Mexican culture on the issue of abortion and women's rights before you leap to it's defense)
I refuse to speak Spanish. I will absolutely not allow my family to speak Spanish. It is not multicultural to weaken your country and make it difficult for people to communicate or be successful.