No Can Understand

July 23rd, 2013
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If you can only read Tongan, Samoan, Tagalog, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Spanish, you're in luck when it comes to taking your Hawai'i state written driver's test by da end of da year.

There will be a nevah ending debate ovah why it is/should be offered - and those left out - in oddah languages but I just wanna know, why and how come not just in Engrish?

First, if you stay "illegal", how da heck would you be allowed to obtain an official state document (license) - yes, it is property of da state - in da first place if you not even "allowed" to be in any of da 50 states? If you are able to work hea legally (found out dat immigrants from Micronesian nations are part of the Compact of Free Association, which means dat they are permitted to legally travel to, and live and work in, the United States), I can actually understand why da written test should be available in oddah languages because of dat.... but why not all of 'em 'den?

I was just tinking about dis whole "oddah language" thing down da road, pun intended. Wat about da drivah's test 'den? Going get one translator administering da road test or going get one translator in da back seat? So wat now - HPD gotta explain da ticket/infraction in oddah languages or call in one translator? If not, 'den will da ticket be "written" in oddah languages as well? Wat about reporting an accident to 911, are they exempt from reporting/calling it in cause no one can understand or do they press 4 for Samoan, 5 for Tagalog etc.?

Wat about da road signs since dat is a good chunk of da written test? How you going fit 8 languages on those buggahs? Ok, while da "basic" ones no need, wat about da State's "electronic billboard"? If they no can read da emergency/heads up messages dat come across those, isn't dat a requirement to be able to understand all posted signs? 'Den there are those oddah traffic LED signs dat are just left on da side of da road warning of impending/future traffic concerns.

There's a ban for texting while driving cause people no can concentrate on road but you like let people who no can read/understand Engrish to try and decipher road signs while driving? And 'den there were many of those who couldn't understand da written test cause it had "big words"........

Wassup Wit Dat!

Da biggest point of emphasis, from wat I've read, of why those who can't read Engrish needing da written test in oddah languages is about necessity of obtaining a job, healthcare and basically transportation - 'den why not learn da language? Wouldn't you tink if it's "survival", you would do anything/everything you could to fill your need?

My parents are transplants from Korea (South side of course) and my brother and I are 1st generation hea in da islands so I've lived/living a dual "foreign" life. Growing up, we've had da nevah ending debate of me learning Korean and my parents learning Engrish. While I cannot read it, I can speak Korean conversationally but if I had to live there I would definitely learn to read it. I'm proud of my mom for naturalizing and obtaining her citizenship all da while taking English classes out of necessity and... survival. She took pride in learning her new "right".

Personally, contrary to watevah law, federal act watevah is out there, if you're to benefit in dis great nation, you should at da very minimum of decency, learn da language of it. We are probably one of da very few to be fortunate enough to carry on such a diverse melting pot but if you stay living hea, learn - and respect - wea you live.

In a similar tangent, jus' like how haoles, asians and watevah kine come to live in da wonderful 808 dat already understand/speak Engrish, you begin to learn Hawaiian and Pidgin and our unique mix of culture not only to assimilate but to survive as we are a state to share dat (any) Aloha . Those who no like "learn", are da ones who end up disliking da islands and leaving.

Wakari-mas-ka








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16 Responses to “No Can Understand”

  1. Makiki:

    With you 100% BL!

    Heck - I tend to get aggravated at the press 1 for english message. Do they have that in other countries?

    "Those who no like "learn", are da ones who end up disliking da islands and leaving." Let's hope!


  2. Glenn D:

    I think it's weird that the prerequisite to apply for a drivah's license is proficiency in English. Mostly because unlike Asia and Europe, our road signs are not all symbols but have words in dem - things like "do not enter", "no right turn" etc. So if there is that prerequisite, why we offering drivah's tests in different languages? I no can understand dat. Wen we got stationed in Japan wen i was kids time, I learned the language just to survive (like you say). I get really irked wen people no learn the local language and asks if we speak theirs. Here we hear "Habla espanol?" a lot. WWD!! And that's IS true in da 808 too. How you gonna know which way to go wen someone tells you to go mauka or makai? And hai, BL, yoku wakari masu.


  3. Glenn D:

    Just re-read my post and I think da first line is a bit lolo on my part. I meant to say that it is weird that the prerequisite is English proficiency and yet offer tests in different languages. E kala mai.


  4. Lowtone123:

    Everything should be in English. Those who come here should learn English because everything (written and orally) is in English. Part of learning to assimilate is learning the language.


  5. roach:

    BL,

    I agree with you about how the hell will these people be able to read street signs if they cannot read english! A good example would be the DO NOT ENTER signs on freeway exits. Can you imagine what a scene it would be if one of these non-english speaking/reading people entered the freeway the wrong way - caused a multi-car pile up, killing people - then trying to explain to the cops what happened? I for one would be suing the City & County of Honolulu for allowing this person to have a driver's license.


  6. M:

    Howzit BL!
    You come live hea you should speak and read da language. I agree wit you BL!


  7. zzzzzz:

    BL, if your parents are transplants from Korea, doesn't that make them 1st generation, and you and your brother 2nd generation?


  8. kamaaina808:

    BL, i'm with you on dis one 100%. And I will not be bashful and say 'press 1 fo' English' doesn't irk my okole, 'cuz it does - big time. I mean, really - 'press 1 fo' English'?? Heck, this is an English-speaking country so WWD, indeed. :roll:


  9. wafan:

    Agreed! They have the right to be here but it is their responsibility to learn the language and ways. My bank used to have the "Press 1 for English". I asked the tellers to speak another language and noted the only other language any of the tellers and workers spoke was American slang. So why not have multi-language tellers?

    Dumb decisions being made all for inclusion. If they want inclusion learn the language.


  10. wafan:

    Only once did I ever call a company based in the SW that prompted "Press 2 for English". I don't do business with them.


  11. DIO:

    I forget where I saw or heard this, but the (humorous) question was, "Why do I have to have to Press 1 for English, only to be transferred to someone who doesn't speak English?"


  12. Old School Dave:

    I was driving towards town on Waialae Avenue right past the old Waialae Drive-Inn (now a public storage) and had to suddenly pull over to the side as a brand new Mercedes Benz with an Asian women behind the wheel came at me in the opposite direction. She looked like an FOP (a rich one at that), but had a confused look on her face as she made her way down in the opposite direction as other drivers pulled over. If you can't read signs such as "WRONG WAY" or "DO NOT ENTER" you pose a danger to other drivers and pedestrians.


  13. cojef:

    Agree with you braddah Lance, California has worst problem, some school require bi-lingual teachers and classes in strictly Spanish for the latino population. Canada is the same, west of Montreal speak mostly English and east French, thus all official publication must in both languages, entailing high costs for the taxpayers. Tough all over, the liberal social agenda influences much on how politician react on those issues.


  14. sally:

    Yearrrrs ago, renewing my license, a woman approaches me obviously wanting to ask me a question.

    "ah, escuze... what say?" pointing to the form.

    I answered. "um... name."

    WWD??? She got a license? How in the world did she take the written test???


  15. Keoni:

    Try going to, say, Italy, and demanding they speak English. They'll laugh you to scorn!
    Only in the US will you encounter such madness!


  16. Braddah Lance:

    Makiki:
    Heck - I tend to get aggravated at the press 1 for english message. Do they have that in other countries?

    To me, it should be "standard" dat it is English and to press any oddah numbah for watevah language they like hea. It should NEVAH be press "?" for English.
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    Glenn D:
    I think it's weird that the prerequisite to apply for a drivah's license is proficiency in English. So if there is that prerequisite, why we offering drivah's tests in different languages?

    Yeah, it is very contradictory albeit "accommodating".

    And hai, BL, yoku wakari masu.

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    Lowtone123:
    Part of learning to assimilate is learning the language.

    Rogah dat... especially if you going to live in dat locale.
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    roach:
    I for one would be suing the City & County of Honolulu for allowing this person to have a driver's license.

    I wondah if anybody has done dat as lawyers are trained to go aftah da "kala" and from precedents, it would seem dat da City would rather settle then go through a lengthy litigation.
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    M:
    You come live hea you should speak and read da language.

    Well, we'll give 'em a break on Pidgin. :lol:
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    zzzzzz:
    BL, if your parents are transplants from Korea, doesn't that make them 1st generation, and you and your brother 2nd generation?

    I have no idea. :lol: I just figgah dat my brother and I are da "first" ones hea cause we were raised hea. I'm ok wit being 2nd. :grin:
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    kamaaina808:
    And I will not be bashful and say 'press 1 fo' English' doesn't irk my okole, 'cuz it does - big time. I mean, really - 'press 1 fo' English'??

    I can hea' "God Bless America" in da background. :razz:
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    wafan:
    They have the right to be here but it is their responsibility to learn the language and ways.

    Exactomondo.

    So why not have multi-language tellers?

    Perfect anology! If in fact any "customer service" type of agency or corporation offers different languages on their prompts, why aren't there those same "services" offered in real life?

    Dumb decisions being made all for inclusion. If they want inclusion learn the language.

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    DIO:
    I forget where I saw or heard this, but the (humorous) question was, "Why do I have to have to Press 1 for English, only to be transferred to someone who doesn't speak English?"

    So damn true! Our IT "Help Desk" is routed to somewhere/someone in India and it's da funniest thing.... da voice, da accent all da same only to have Sam, Jon, Adam answer. I swear it's da same person.
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    Old School Dave:
    If you can't read signs such as "WRONG WAY" or "DO NOT ENTER" you pose a danger to other drivers and pedestrians.

    Thank goodness no one got hurt!
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    cojef:
    ...thus all official publication must in both languages, entailing high costs for the taxpayers. Tough all over, the liberal social agenda influences much on how politician react on those issues.

    It's amazing how, if they are naturalized citizens, they can vote on people/issues WITHOUT a translator??
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    sally:
    Yearrrrs ago, renewing my license, a woman approaches me obviously wanting to ask me a question.
    "ah, escuze... what say?" pointing to the form.
    I answered. "um... name."
    WWD??? She got a license? How in the world did she take the written test???

    Now DAT is freaky!
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    Keoni:
    Try going to, say, Italy, and demanding they speak English. They'll laugh you to scorn!
    Only in the US will you encounter such madness!

    But we still love da grinds! :razz: