In regard to the letter whose writer feels she’s in a foreign country when in fast-food restaurants, I feel like I’m in a foreign country any time I’m out in public.
I don’t care what language people speak in the privacy of their homes or vehicles, but when in public, everyone should speak English. If I can’t understand you, then I assume you are talking about me and mine, and I don’t appreciate it.
I believe in what Oprah Winfrey says about visiting another country: At least understand enough of that country’s language to get by.
But if you move to that country, adopt its language and customs, while speaking any language you choose in private.
Glenn A. Powell