With Spanish being spoken more than English in many of the professional kitchens, some establishments require staff to be bilingual. I wanted to ask fellow Cheftalkers what they think about this. I once worked in a kitchen (during the holiday season a couple of years ago) where English was hardly spoken. Some of the staff did not even understand English. The language barrier was frustrating. There was a lot of misunderstanding that caused problems. Learning a new language is always fun, but I have no intention of learning Spanish (I’d rather be studying French, Japanese, or Italian if I were to pick up a new language). I realize that it is the most practical foreign language to learn, but my take on it is that the Spanish speaking workers are living in the United States of America…not Mexico, Guatemala, or any other Spanish speaking countries. THEY should be the ones making an effort to be learning English, not the other way around. If I was living in Mexico, I'd be the one making the effort to learn the main language, Spanish. I wouldn't expect everyone to be catering to my linguistic needs by expecting THEM to learn English just for people like me. And I do understand and speak a little Spanish (enough to know when someone is talking sh*t about me), but I refuse to invest my time learning the language. And I think when companies require candidates to be bilingual in Spanish, it only propels the Spanish speakers to be more lazy in learning English. That is why so many of them won’t even try learning English.