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Mar 10th 2009 7:53PM To Laura...
When people from Holland go abroad people automatically speak English to them. When people from Ireland go abroad people automatically speak English to them... this not the native language of either country. Many many examples. Latvians go to Ireland and speak English and expect Irish-speaking people to speak to them in English - nobody asks them to speak Irish. Some Latvians go to Barcelona and speak Spanish, they don't speak Catalan with the locals... Do you somehow think this is ok, but anyone in Latvia must only speak Latvian? Even those who are fluent in Russian must not use it? Russian is a major world language and will dominate the region in future, accept that fact. I don't see Latvians objecting to use of English, strange that...? This is pure racism!