America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

Summary: Like USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov is full of many resources. If you haven't looked around this important government resource, take some time to check it out.

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The following has been translated (to some degree) using Google Translate. My apologies in advance for any rough edges in the translation.

The article, first in English

My last Spanish class was a very long time ago and, while I did rather well, I haven't retained much, despite fond memories of my teacher trying to impress upon my teenage brain the concept of conjugating verbs. As you might imagine, at that age, I was much more interested in a different kind of conjugation!

It was also right about that time that I discovered I was quite adept at languages, you know, like FORTRAN, Algol, Basic, Pascal, C, C++, Lisp, UserTalk, HyperTalk, ActionScript, RPG, Assembly, COBOL, Ada, Forth, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and, well, you get the point. The point is, I could code like the best of them, but I retained almost none of the teachings of Spanish class.

Since high school, I've had very little opportunity to practice what little Spanish I retained. Most native Spanish speakers I've met are bilingual, and, taking pity on the language-lazy American, have spoken English when I'm around. The one exception to that was the girlfriend of one of my roommates.

He was Venezuelan, as was she, and our primary contact with her was when she was yelling at us, in very loud Spanish, about some lack of housekeeping or another we'd committed in the house we shared. As a result, I can very easily understand most Spanish profanity, especially if it's shouted at the top of one's lungs.

The point of this meandering recollection is that I don't speak much Spanish today and haven't really known too much about translations of official Web sites. Since there are many of you out there who native Spanish speakers, and might be looking for Spanish-language resources, I wanted to take a moment to point out that the United States government has a Spanish-language version of the official USA.gov government portal. The Spanish version is located at GobiernoUSA.gov.

Like USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov is full of many resources. If you haven't looked around this important government resource, I recommend you take some time to check it out.

And now, en Español

Lo siguiente ha sido traducido (hasta cierto punto) a través de Google Translate. Mis disculpas por adelantado por los bordes ásperos en la traducción.

Mi clase de español el pasado fue un tiempo hace mucho tiempo y, mientras yo hacía bastante bien, no han conservado gran parte, a pesar de buenos recuerdos de mi maestro tratando de convencer a mi cerebro de los adolescentes el concepto de la conjugación de los verbos. Como se pueden imaginar, a esa edad, yo estaba mucho más interesado en otro tipo de conjugación!

También estaba en ese tiempo que descubrí que era muy hábil para los idiomas, ya sabes, como FORTRAN, Algol, Basic, Pascal, C, C++, Lisp, UserTalk, HyperTalk, ActionScript, RPG, Assembly, COBOL, Ada, Forth, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, y, bueno, usted consigue el punto. El punto es que podría código como el mejor de ellos, pero me quedaba casi ninguna de las enseñanzas de la clase de español.

Desde la escuela secundaria, he tenido muy pocas oportunidades de practicar lo poco español que conserva. La mayoría de los hablantes de español nativos que he conocido son bilingües, y, compadeciéndose de la American lenguaje perezoso, he hablado Inglés cuando estoy cerca. La única excepción a que era la novia de uno de mis compañeros de habitación.

Él era venezolano, como ella, y nuestro primer contacto con ella fue cuando ella le gritaba a nosotros, en español muy alto, sobre una cierta falta de limpieza o de otra que había cometido en la casa que compartimos. Como resultado de ello, puedo entender muy fácilmente blasfemia mayoría de los españoles, sobre todo si se trata de gritos en la parte superior de los pulmones de uno.

El objetivo de este recuerdo es sinuoso que no habla mucho español de hoy y realmente no han prestado demasiada atención a las traducciones de los sitios Web oficiales. Dado que puede haber algunos de ustedes, por ahí, que están buscando recursos en español, que quería tomar un momento para señalar que el gobierno de Estados Unidos tiene una versión en español de los oficiales USA.gov portal del gobierno. La versión en español se encuentra en GobiernoUSA.gov.

Al igual que USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov está lleno de muchos recursos. Si usted no ha mirado en torno a este recurso importante en el gobierno, tomar algún tiempo para comprobar que funciona.

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  • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

    This is a good news for people who speaks Spanish.I speak Spanish a little but I will read this article on English ;)
    shery7722222
  • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

    When you say America, do you mean the United States? Please allow me to remind you that your country is not called America, America is the whole continent. Calling yourself America would be as if the French called their country Europe.
    willfordcr
    • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

      Actually, calling ourselves America isn't like that. In case you were unaware, the nation is called the "United States of America". You choose to shorten it as "United States" and some people choose "America".
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        @goff256 Does this mean that it's also OK to shorten the country name "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" ("United Mexican States") as "Estados Unidos" (i.e., "United States")? Based on your argument, some could choose to shorten it as "United States" and some could choose "Mexico."
        PaulHiggins
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        Fine, I'll just stop calling them mexicans too.

        I mean, people from the US are called "Americans" and have been for a while. But I suppose that logic is too much for people who just want to start a pointless argument.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • It's customary to refer to US citizens as "Americans"...

        @Michael Alan Goff <br>...but it was actually Europeans who first put the name on us, and it's not entirely correct, since the rest of North and South America are also America and their inhabitants are (in that respect) Americans.

        Reply to Scorpio:

        Who's being politically correct? I'm calling it the way *I* see it, not following somebody else's party line. And yes, the USA is it's own nation (nobody seriously claims otherwise) has been a lot longer than either of us has been alive, and would be even if we didn't have an enemy in the world ("vs." has nothing to do with it).
        John L. Ries
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        American vs. Mexicans

        The politically correct can play kissy_ass word games all they want to but the old terminology still applies.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        <i>I'm calling it the way *I* see it, not following somebody else's party line.</i><br><br>Well that's great John, but *I* too called it as I see it. I know how much of a fad it is nowadays to re-write history to suit politically-correct taste. Just letting you know.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        @PaulHiggins - "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" was officially changed just a few years ago to "Mexico"
        chipmunkchuck
    • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

      @willfordcr

      Allow me to remind you. The whole continent is called NORTH AMERICA and it would be if Europe was called the United States of Europe.
      JerryOfTheMountains
    • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

      @willfordcr

      When someone says "America", how often is anyone really confused as to what country is being referred to?

      I've seen a lot of people that don't reside in the United States refer to it as "America", so if you have a beef with the moniker, you'll need to take it up with a good deal of the world.
      lonniemcclure
    • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

      @willfordcr So, what? We are United Statesians?? Give it a break! I'm an "American" and you spend to much of your day picking nits! About the article though... I'm a liberal (to keep it easy for the faint of mind) but I am SO effing tire of our country being legally invaded by a nationality of people who REFUSE to learn ENGLISH! Thats what we speak here, learn it! That the US Gov site encourages this disrespect is unconscionable.
      tangentjohn@...
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        @tangentjohn@... It's pathetic how some people just have to argue about little things like this. What stick does he have up his a$$ that would cause calling the country America even be worth mentioning?<br><br>I am with you 100% about the Spanish site. One of my biggest pepeevesvs is the people that live here yet make no attempt to learn the language. English is the official language of our country, why are some many of our government resources spent on appeasing these people that won't bother learning English especially when the government is in such debt. If I go to another country I don't expect everyone to learn English, I expect to learn at least enough of their language to get by.

        In regard to the story itself, what was the point? Sure you mentioned the Spanish resource but that seemed to be just something you mentioned when talking about you history with the Spanish language.
        non-biased
  • What? Spanish isn't the official language yet?

    Why stop? Next, let's go ahead and create a Spanish Declaration of Independence and then a Spanish Constitution. Afterwards, lets ensure that the Supreme Court Justices provide a Spanish version of their rulings. And if this isn't enough to make the illegal immigrants and the immigrants that refuse to assimilate into are society and still wave their Mexico Flag around in this country, lets go ahead and add "Peso" to the American currency toooooo!!!!!
    databaseben
    • Actually...

      @databaseben@... <br>...many non-English speaking countries provide translations of governmental documents into English and other (to them) foreign languages. I think it's a good thing, as I have no idea how to read Arabic or Cyrillic script.<br><br>Response to ScorpioBlue:<br><br>I read what he said and gave it the respect it deserves. Translating documents does not threaten the survival of the English language or mean that Mexico is going to annex the U.S. (even the part we stole fair and square). There are major threats to our culture (mostly from the ever lower standards of the commercial media), but the existence of a linguistic minority is not one of them.<br><br>Further response...<br><br>I suppose if it's really important to you, you can refuse to patronize businesses that use languages other than English when dealing with customers, but it seems rather silly to me.

      Yet another response:

      There are definitely more important things than money. It's just that linguistic unifomity never struck me as one of them.
      John L. Ries
      • That's besides the point, John

        Go back and read what he said again.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        [i]There are major threats to our culture (mostly from the ever lower standards of the commercial media), but the existence of a linguistic minority is not one of them.[/i]

        Fine, then let's get rid of the espanole in the voice menus everytime I have to call some kind of institution over the phone. If they don't understand English then it's time they learned.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        [i]I suppose if it's really important to you, you can refuse to patronize businesses that use languages other than English when dealing with customers, but it seems rather silly to me.[/i]

        Some things are more important then money, John. I know that's a hard concept to understand.
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

        @John L. Ries I don't have an issue with businesses that also cater to their customers that speak another language but I do have issue with our government, both on the federal and local level, spending money they don't have to cater to those that want to live here but don't want to learn the language. You mentioned not knowing Arabic but if you moved to a country where it was the official language wouldn't you expect to have to learn it? <br><br>There are people that just moved here and have not learned English yet or are just visiting and I don't really have an issue with them if they are trying. I have an issue with the people that don't try. When in college I worked at a Best Buy and was helping a couple who didn't know any English but expected me to know Spanish to help them. Another customer helped by translating and through the conversation I found out that they had lived in the US for 15 years. I told the other customer to tell them to learn English then come back and see me and walked away. It was rude but at that point I didn't care. There is absolutely no excuse to live in a country for 15 years yet not know how to speak the official language.
        non-biased
    • RE: America's official U.S. government portal is also available in Spanish

      @databaseben@... <br><br>As a matter of fact, the United States has no official language. English is universally used as its common language, but you're right, this could change if enough people started using another language for most of their daily needs. <br><br>That happened once in Texas: when enough English speaking people moved into the state, Texas magically became an "English speaking" territory.<br><br>That said, I believe that a minimum degree of spoken fluency in English (or Spanish) is required for naturalization as a US citizen. <br><br>The Mexican flag is used a lot in the Southwest as some kind of ethnic emblem or other. So what. Most of those lands were stolen from Mexico, or Spain, in the 19th century. Read Grant's memoirs for a first hand view of the Mexican-American war. Grant led the charge across the Rio Grande helping Santa Anna to the distinction of being the only foreign head of state captured by US forces in war, twice.<br><br>That war was a shameful land grab covering the perfidy of grasping American colonists in Texas, and Grant says as much.
      MJohnstone