Juliet (julietaldy) wrote in linguaphiles,
Juliet
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"I don't speak English only."

A man who speaks Miami (Myaamia) came to my class today to speak about language revitalization. He was wearing a t-shirt that said "Akalaaŝhimaataweehsiiwaani teehŝi" (I think; I'm not claiming to know Miami, but I wrote it down from his shirt). Someone inevitably asked him what his shirt meant and he said "I don't speak English only."

He thought it was particularly appropriate to wear the tshirt to our class, since Oklahoma is about to pass an English Only bill next year.

So, just for fun, how do you say this phrase in your language? Something like this would be a great ad campaign against such laws.
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