Spanish phrases for the Landscaping Industry

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowpart rep, Aug 17, 2006.


Should take "Spanish Phrases for the Landscape Industry" book off site?

  1. Yes, Take the book off the site

  2. I don't care either way

  3. No I believe if used properly it should be made available

  1. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I'm not saying it's a good idea... EVERY AMERICAN should be able to speak english. I wouldn't hire somebody that I couldn't speak english (or atleast be bilingual) with, but if they got cash, i'll work for'em!!
  2. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    I think it is funny that in a melting pot, with no LEGAL official language (before anyone says anything, LOOK IT UP, it's law, our fed. gov. cannot declare an official language. Hmmmm....wonder why? Oh yeah, keep reading) consisting of citizens/immigrants from most countries around the world, where EVERYONE'S ancestors except native americans are originally from somewhere else, that anyone can say what language anyone else should or shouldn't speak. Maybe if our forefathers would have had the same attitude this country would have an official language, and you folks that say everyone has to speak english might have a valid argument. BTW, I wouldn't hire anyone who was not fluent in english. I'm not a bigot, but would be neccessary for my employees to communicate with my customers.
  3. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    i agree, . by teaching them the key words in english then they can b.s their way thru an estimate to get the job .you sir,(mowpart rep) are helping to lower the industry standard, lower the rate of pay to us america born americans ,and turn our livelyhood into a fight of survival .ithe market is already saturated and to help non-americans dip into our pockets is surely a money in your pocket only ,idea of yours .thank you for posting this information , now i will not have to choose between j-thomas and your site. and by the way, the reason most of them are legal is because they sneak over here and have a kid then they are legal to stay because the kid is " condidered " an american.
  4. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    I think the name of the book was "Spanish Phrases for the Landscaping Industry" not "English Phrases for Illegal Immigrants" I think this book is supposed to help employers communicate with H2B workers.
  5. mowpart rep

    mowpart rep Sponsor
    Messages: 248

    This book is one of the best tutorial for SPANISH TO ENGLISH
  6. mowpart rep

    mowpart rep Sponsor
    Messages: 248

    This book is one of the best tutorials for SPANISH TO ENGLISH on the market. Give it to your LEGAL non English speaking employees and see what happens. It is expensive however it is well worth it. As for all the controversy I am amazed! What an eye opener! Since we at want to better serve please continue to speak up. It is greatly appreciated. If enough of you want us to take the book off our site we will do it. Remember we want you to feel like it is your site and we will cater to you!!!
  7. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I have to put my couple of cents in...........

    No offense Mowerpart rep, really.

    I am thoroughly fed up with the coddling of people who come here and can't speak the language. The gov't spends millions upon millions to re write text to Spanish. WHY?
    Mac machines, grocery stores, unemployment offices,welfare offices,banks, etc. etc.

    WHAT THE HELL are we doing as a nation?

    It just plain disgusts me. My grandfather came here in 1923 from a former soviet state, he had NO coddling, why is it necessary now?

    O.K., done now.........back to the thread.

    Again mower rep, no offense intended because I think the book actually serves a purpose 'cause it ain't going away.
  8. Mr. Vern

    Mr. Vern LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Ok, my turn to sound off.
    First off I am dead set against our government wasting our tax dollars printing everything in multiple languages, and am further against them trying to tell businesses that they must.

    However, I do not think that a business that chooses to cater to non English speaking customers or employees is selling out America. If an individual comes here from a foreign country to work and make a life for themselves and follows our immigration laws, it is in their best interest to learn the language. If they choose not to, it is our opportunity to get cheap labor (exploit their bad choice if you will). Now, how is it that someone selling a book that helps me to take advantage of another person's bad choices (notice I did not say "unfortunate circumstances") can be villified on this site. No where in his message did he say anything about illegal immigrants. The majority of immigrants to this nation have historically been non-English speaking and have either had to learn the language in order to increase their value to society, or accept that they will make below average wages.
  9. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Well said.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,588

    Kelly ...welcome to the lawn site! Things in our area are a little different than some areas, here you NEED to speak Spanish. You can get a lot of free stuff and help. We needed ice for our water jug yesterday, our guys got with the resturants guys and they came out with ice water and some treats to eat. A couple days ago my son had to help me with my order at McDonalds. I wanted a single burger on the side, it wasn't on the menu. They made up one and gave it to me, free. I wish I had the book.

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