Entries in Spanish (2)


Pizza Por Favor: Spanish Offer Draws Backlash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pizza, especially when it’s free, isn’t usually controversial, but a promotion by a Southwestern pizza chain targeting Spanish-speaking customers is drawing tremendous online backlash.

On June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., customers who order in Spanish at Pizza Patrón will receive a free large pepperoni pie.  But not everyone will be lining up for the giveaway.

“No thank you for your racist promotion…the native language in the USA is English…I will never order food from you again,” Kathy Williams wrote on the chain’s Facebook page.

“We English speaking Americans RESENT this offer……….You won’t be getting MY MONEY, I will guarantee you that,” Jody King wrote.

Andrew Gamm, the brand director for Pizza Patrón, said the promotion is meant to be fun for all customers and won’t exclude people who aren’t Spanish speakers.

“If you don’t speak Spanish, come on in.  We’ll give you the phrase and make sure everyone that shows up walks away with a pizza,” Gamm said.

He said he expects the chain will give away 80,000 pies.

It’s not the first time the pizza chain, which caters to a predominantly Latino market, has had this much backlash.  In 2007, the chain briefly accepted pesos as payment for pizza.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Top Three Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes Spanish

Noel Hendrickson/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What are the top three most useful languages for business after English? Surprisingly, Spanish didn’t make the cut despite being the official language of 20 countries and spoken by over 329 million people, according to Bloomberg Rankings.

Not surprisingly, Mandarin Chinese is the most useful language for business after English, spoken by 845 million people in the world’s second-largest economy, China.

French (no. 2) and Arabic (no. 3) follow, with Spanish ranking fourth.  Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Korean, and Turkish followed.

To create the list, Bloomberg Rankings identified the 25 languages with the greatest number of native speakers, then narrowed the list to the 11 official languages of G20 countries, excluding those that designated English.

French is spoken by 68 million people worldwide and is the official language of 27 nations. Arabic, which is spoken by 221 million people, is the official language in 23 nations, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg notes their list differs from a report of the top foreign languages studied in U.S. colleges from the Modern Language Association, published in December 2010.

Spanish topped that list with 864,986 enrollments, dwarfing French, which followed next with 216,419 (no. 2). Then there was German (no. 3), American Sign Language (no. 4), Italian (no. 5), Japanese (no. 6), Chinese (no. 7), Arabic (no. 8), Latin (no. 9) and Russian (no. 10).

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