One language will bring everyone together into one. America is a country that is filled with many people from all over the world. It will be much easier to have just ONE language. Its so confusing and annoying having to press 1 or 2 for English or Spanish when trying to talk to a customer representative. There should only be one option which is English. This way, everyone can understand each other perfectly.
Yes, English should be the national language of America. Its so obvious that English is the most used language around the world. Of course, there's Spanish, but in America wherever you go and socialize everyone is speaking English. Its not like saying English should be the native language in Mexico. No, obviously Spanish is since everyone spoke that as their first language. Go America!
If other countries are able to have an official language, then the United States should be no different. Most areas speak primarily only English. If people want to immigrate to the United States, they should know how to speak the language, rather than the US not have an official language.
I think that English is the best language because it doesn't make you sound angry when you speak (Germans) or just sound plain stupid (Spanish) or sound the same with every word you speak (Chinese and Japanese) The only other good language is French, but there aren't enough French speakers to make that the official language. Therefore, English is the best. (Unlike Egyptian or Russian or Chinese or Japanese and all those others)
Nobama. English should be the official language because the founders of the US were English-speaking people. The majority of people here speak English, and only all of our presidents have spoken English and had an American last name. If we do not make English the official language, the US will fall apart and the country I do not like (China) will take over the US.
English should be the official language because most of our country speaks English. If we don't speak English as a first language, most of our country will fall apart because many people only speak English. Therefore, English should definitely be the language of The United States of America
Ever since our founding fathers came here, people of this country have spoken in English. All of America'a foundational documents are in English. Also an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world speak English. Most country's are teaching children how to speak English. Also when our ancestors came over to Ellis Island they needed and wanted to find jobs and fit in so they went out and took on the responsibility to learn English.
What language are we having this debate in? There is only English in this forum debate and in the website itself. Look at the big picture - Why do immigrants come to the GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? It is because there country is behind the United States, otherwise they would still be living in the origin of country. Immigrants come to the United States for better quality of living and for opportunities. Yes our country is full of immigrants and like it or not they helped build this great nation. So why wouldn't a immigrant WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH? America gave you and your family a roof over your head, a job, a life and etc. The least you can do is learn the language. Immigrants will rant and rave, I love America - blah, blah blah. But, your only excuse is because it will take to much time or difficulty - NO YOUR LAZY! The United States already puts out massive amounts of money due to translators. Our nation would save millions in passing this law. Yes, it will not take over night, but in passing this law will give the people a push into motivation and YOU CAN DO IT! Don't doubt yourself America has your back. With this law being passed should be a 5 year process with individuals learning English will be given a wavier and allowed to work. As long as you are showing improvements and initiative! Go USA! GO ENGLISH!.... Just a thought for English not to be our official language then what language should it be? Exactly, the language you think of is English.
The U.S. spends billions of dollars making documents into foreign languages. If we made them all in English we would save money and not go into even more debt. Canada has two national languages and spends millions of dollars printing stuff in both languages. If they had one language they would save money, we would save money if we did the same.
America was a British colony for many years before Independence. A majority of the population, both when America was a colony and up to today, speak English. "A June 2010 Harris Interactive poll, commissioned by U.S. English, found that 88 percent of respondents believe that English should be declared the official language of the United States. Further support came from 96 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents and 83 percent of Hispanics." (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/267601-make-english-our-official-language).
English should be the official language for many reasons. There are many different languages spoken in the US. We cannot cater to all of them. Nobody can learn every language spoken in the US, therefore many immigrants chose to learn English on their arrival to the states anyway. It made life easier for them to learn English, since it is most commonly spoken here. Having English as an official language would provide uniform understanding. We were founded on English and that is how it should remain. We should not cater to other languages. Everyone can learn English and everyone in the United States should learn it.
All major countries have an official language. That isn't to say that American folks cannot speak other languages, but having one uniform language would increase communication in the United States and make us more efficient. Furthermore, historically we have been an English speaking nation and we should preserve that at all costs.
English is awesome. If we do not make it our official language china will take us over (stupid china). Too many people speak Spanish. To heck with Spanish. It sounds stupid. I won't even talk about russia (stupid communists). French stinks. It sounds stupid, besides american people are the best looking anyway.
When Americans go to other countries they have to speak the countries' native languages. You go to Mexico, youre going to have to speak Spanish. You go to France, you have to speak French, and if someone from another country comes to America they should learn to speak English. We shouldn't have to convert or learn another language.
I'm not sure if this is the only country where the official language is changed to please immigrants, but English has been the language since the pilgrims landed and anyone else who came to these shores had to learn how to speak English. In fact, English is taught all over the world. Let them learn to speak English.
English is known as the international trade language and has many benefits to learning. To learn this language would not only allow the person to be able to better live in the United States, but also benefit the person internationally. Also investment in the language would help the economy in that the education of the language would allow those who did not know the language to perform jobs more efficiently and cause the supply of gross domestic product to increase as a whole.
I believe that English should be the official language because, although it's not the native language that existed in America, it is the language that dominated North America. This isn't to say that no other language is allowed, but upon moving to the US, it would benefit to the persons to learn the language that is most dominant here. America is a melting pot and that it should always stay, but to ensure that communication is solid, English, being the dominant language, should be the the official language.
Yes, English should be the official language of the US. This is not saying that the only language allowed to be spoken here is English. It would be completely fair to minorities and they wouldn't be required to speak it. Making English the official language would just be a title.
English is a language of the US. If people are required to learn the language where they live then learn it!! I work at a place where I am required to know Spanish. So why can't they learn English to get the service they need. They laugh when asked why they do not speak English. So what's the problem? Get off their high horse Some have been here for years, so what's the problem? They know it is the language to be learned and they should speak it.
The United States of America should have English as the official language. This country was founded as an English speaking nation. While anyone who wants to come to the USA, and has the means to do so can, they should learn English if they decide to come here. Not knowing the language, or being afraid of making mistakes is not an excuse for not learning English. Not having an official language will disrupt the unity of our country. People who do not speak English have a harder time finding good paying jobs, are looked down on as illegal immigrants even if they are legal, and segregate themselves by living in areas primarily that don't speak English. This country was built on immigrants. This country is a nation of diversity. However, in order to fully be accepted by the American people immigrants would do well to learn English. By doing so they will be able to communicate with everyone and that will help tear down the invisible walls of segregation and help move us all forward towards a stronger, unified country for all it's citizens and legal residents. Better employment, better education, and better acceptance is all tied to knowing English. A common language is the key to our success. That language is English.
Other cultures say the English language is the easiest to learn. Well learn it then if you are living in the United States of America. It's not right having to learn another language because of the people that are moving here. People don't have the time nor money trying to learn new languages.
The majority of Americans speak English, yet many parents send their children to public school only speaking their native tongue. This harms their child's education and is inconvenient for teachers. If I moved to Russia I would need to learn how to read, write and speak Russian fluently. If I moved to Colombia I would need to know Spanish fluently. In order to lead a better life in our country you must know English so why not make it the official language? Other languages are beautiful, and their cultures should be respected. If you wish to speak them in your own home that is wonderful, but do not wander around without any knowledge of the language. It isn't safe. When you call 911 an operator has to have a translator come to the phone if they do not speak your language.
For all of those saying what about the people that don't know English, isn't it required to know English to be a citizen in this country? They should already know English if they live here, and plus, trading and such would be so much easier if we all just used one language.
Yes, it should. It's the most spoken language in the US by a longshot. But a country can have multiple official languages. For example, Luxembourg has 3 languages, because Luxembourg came from France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The US came from French, Spanish, and English. Therefore, it should have 4.
English should be the only language we use because, it can be hard to learn another language and may be hard to understand how to pronounce words from a different language. English is the most common language used in the united states and it is pretty easy to learn. Another reason English should be the only language we use because there are not very many translators at different places people go.
This is merica and english needs to live on not spanish or what ever else there is. I want to be able to travel to the market and not have to speak spanish to buy my crap. I want english the national language now. Like i said before this aint mexico its way better and if you want to live here learn english dirty rats.
Yes I think that English should be the official language of the united states because of 3 reasons why, 1) English is the most common language in the United States. 2)English is the most taught language. 3) English is what most people are born to speak throughout their entire lives. But I can say that most people think that Spanish AND English should be the official language, but English is the most recommended or common one. That's my opinion on why English should be the official language.
Yes, Englsh should be the official language of the United States. Even though many people are moving here and don't know English, it should still be the official language. English should be the official language, because majority of the people in the United States already speak it, and in America, the main language is English. Also, for a long time, English has been spoken in the United States
Yes, i think English should be the main language, because if you go to school in america all the kids speck in English . If you hand someone different money they have to give you different money american money. Some people think that should not be the official language , but , English is are common language
Every country i have been so far there are more English speaking persons than that's country official language. Only the ascent on the language with make the English sound funny to you. It is used in sports, advertisement, global meeting for money exchange and country development. I'm not saying that a person should give up there native country language but to learn English as to help them self be more marketable. The more you know the further you can reach in life in terms of language
It would be really difficult to switch to another language, especially since we speak it ever since we could talk- exception to immigrants who came from another country. I remember how hard it was to learn Mandarin, so do we really have to repeat the whole process to switch to another language?
Also in Hetalia America is England's younger brother. It sort of makes sense that they both speak English.
The economic, political, and social benefits of having one language dominate society outweigh concerns of multiculturalism. Having an official language does not eliminate multiculturalism, but it does unite various cultures into one culture. More importantly it saves society a great deal of time and money. Having one language simplifies ballots (millions are spent on bilingual ballots) and it saves the government the task of translating thousands of documents. Learning the nation's language is a small price to pay to live in our great nation.
SERIOUSLY. 81% use it already. People who immigrate and complain about not knowing it...It is part of the naturalization process. Clearly you haven't educated yourself on the matter. It's great to be diverse, but there comes a point where we just need to be reasonable and make English the official language.
Think about it a majority of Americans speak English in the past and even now. Why should this even be a question english should've been the official language long ago. It will help us be able to communicate with one another. Immigrants who move here should learn english almost everyone here knows english anyway.
This country was founded upon the English language. All of our national archives and documents are written in English. It would help foreigners learn the language. Theodore Roosevelt believed that English should be the official language. With an official language people would be able to travel more easily and we wouldn't waste money having to translate documents into other languages.
If someone is moving to America should know some English to be able to survive. Language barriers causes many to lose out on valuable opportunities. Especially, when receiving medical attention. Many mishaps has occurred because of the person(s) did not understand or speak English. The United States should make English an official language.
By emphasizing the importance of a common language, we safeguard a proud legacy and help to ensure that America's future will be as great as her past." -President Ronald Reagan
English is a very unique language. It has been one of our countries oldest creations, where we adopted England's language and added words of our own. It has been part of our country from the beginning, and is known online as "the language of technology" because of it's frequent use in media, entertainment, and online. If America had an official language, it would help unite our country and keep us safe. It there was a natural disaster, or another terrorist attack, the government might not be able to communicate with us quickly enough in every single language in the world. They could just warn us in English, and then we would all understand. Plenty of children are growing up learning several languages to speak with others in our diverse country, and to be able to be successful as a business person, immigrants have to learn English anyway. We want a united country. Making English our official language is a smart place to start.
I agree with all the above comments on this side. No one will be forcing one to learn English, it will be just the official language. If you go to other countries like Russia (where Russian is the official language), no one is forcing you to learn Russian, you will need to tho. IF you want to live there, you wont have choice. So, I guess my point is, that making English the official language is not going to change much. One can still speak their native language. It will be nice to finally have an official language :)
Yes, I believe that English should be the official language of the United States. Ever since the United States was first formed, we have been a country of immigrants. Over the centuries, we have brought hundreds of different languages to America and became the "melting pot" we are always referred to as. One of the great things about this melting pot is that though we have so many languages and people of different ethnic backgrounds, English is what unites us beyond cultural boundaries. It is the most spoken language in the country, and the world, and we should be proud to have it as our official language.
Most countries have at least one official language, and it is no offense to minorities. A national language is a unifying trait. Recognizing and promoting English supports integration of immigrants and encourages national unity. This does not mean that it may never be appropriate to use another language on official forms or signage, or that people who use other languages should be looked down on or considered inferior. The nature of America is such that immigrants become part of our culture, and influence it. It is reasonable to expect that immigrants will learn English; it is also reasonable to expect that they will have an impact on our culture and language. It should not surprise us if, over time, American English were to develop some significant Spanish influence.
Language has a meaning beyond a communication tool between people. A culture of the society is formed through language. For this reason people might say that English may not needed to be used as the official language some day, since the US will be more multicultural. But no matter how many cultures may form and flourish in the US, the main culture has been and will be English-based one. Otherwise, the US will collapse soon.
All major countries have an official language. That isn't to say that American folks can not speak other languages, but having one uniform language would increase communication in the united states and make us more efficient. Furthermore, historically we have been an English speaking nation and we should preserve that at all costs.
Its so obvious that English is the most used language around the world. Of course, there's Spanish but in America wherever you go and socialize everyone is speaking English. Its not like saying English should be the native language in Mexico. Ummm... NO obviously Spanish is since everyone spoke that as their first language.
English is our common language but it is not the only language spoken in the United States. People from other places that didn't know any English wouldn't know what to do in the United states. It would be really difficult for people that doesn't know any English
English is the most common language in the United States. but what about for those who don't know English? You can't force them to learn something they don't even know. And for those who don't know English might make mistakes and really fluent English speakers might make fun of them. That's why I don't think English should be the official language.
Saying yes is being selfish your just thinking about you, what about all the other people who dont speak english they wouldn't be able to read anything so they wouldn't know what they are doing or what they are getting to eat or what they are buying and its just not fair to others so i think all the other people who read this say the same
If the English was the official language there wouldn't be any cultural diversity in the U.S. If all we know is English that's all we would be able to study and that's the only culture we would know about.In the future if we all speak English people of different cultures wouldn't be able to talk to their families,because they would only be able to speak English. How ever some people think that English should be the official language of the U.S ,but if it was we wouldn't know anything about other cultures.
No English shouldn't be the only language in the United States. There are many other languages spoken like Spanish, French, and German. Many people come from other states and don't know how to speak English because they were never taught it. Some people think that everyone knows English but we have some illegal people or they grew up in another state. Some families may come from other states and come to visit people in the U.S. And don't know English.
English shouldn't be the only language in the United States.
The reasons following that is because many people live here in the United States . People from Cuba, Japan, Europe and all over the world live here. Yes everyone should know English but other languages should be aloud to be spoken here. Spanish is the second language most spoken in the United States , and many people know English as well. But people should be able to speak whatever language they are native too.
People say that English should be the official language of the U.S., but some immigrants may not be able to learn the language fluently and get made fun of for it. People should speak whatever language they want without getting told otherwise. They shouldn't be required to know a certain language by law or force. The United States should not be limited to just one language either.
First off, a lot of people from other countries are immigrating here. On another note, there are whole countries that would have to change their language. Plus, learning a new language is a very tedious process and takes a lot of time and dedication to learn a new one. Some people believe that English should be the official language. I, on the other hand, believe that would change the customs, traditions, and sometimes the whole community of diverse places.
I know many people who speak english as well as many people who dont, and i(in my own opinion of course) believe we should open our use of language in america, you never know it may do us some good. So if my spanish speaking friend decides to go to buy coffee and nobody understands him what is going to happen? Oh I know someone who speaks spanish can help him!
America prides it's self for it's immigrants. How are we supposed to be the great melting pot if we are forcing immigrants to speak a foreign language. Most people don't know the difference between an official language and a main language. English is our main language. It is the language that the Majority of America speaks. By making English our official language, this will cause the American government to force legal immigrants to learn a new language. This takes time out of their day, and could cause them to forget parts of their culture. Language is a huge part of anyone's culture, and now you want to force these innocent immigrants to change languages, just because other countries do, or it could save a few bucks. In conclusion, I believe we shouldn't force immigrants to switch languages
The United States is made up of immigrants, to force them to study to know a different language would be silly. That's like telling a new born to read you a chapter book. With all the different cultures that what makes America, well America. Personally we have traslaters. If government cut off the job of traslaters their job get worse. Leave us be we are fine the way we are. Let us be us because everyone else is already taken. I'm doing this for my argumentative essay in English and I am not for English being the official language and I speak English.
America, almost by definition, is a country of immigrants. Our country has no single heritage. While English may be predominantly used, it should not be the official language of the United States. As a whole, the US constantly promotes the image that we are culturally diverse, and our government policies should be in line with that. English may be useful to learn in order to succeed in our country, but it should not be forced upon anyone.
By making English the official language of the United States, programs such as ESL or ELL would be eliminated. We can't just say that everyone basically must know English in order to vote, navigate through streets, or just live in general without having a program to teach the children or people in general English. We can't just say learn English and expect it to happen. That's not what freedom is about.
America has people from all over the world,its like a melting pot. The variety is what makes America...... Well America. I don't believe we should have any national language just leave it the way it is. There is no reason to have one. It doesn't really change anything or anyone.
The United States of America has stood for the ideas of freedom and acceptance since its conception, and declaring English the official language of America limits all the others who wish to be welcomed to 'The Melting Pot'. America is supposed to combine all types of people, not choose who should or shouldn't be accepted and made feel welcome.
It has always been this way and it should never change! Many people demanding English as an official language had ancestors who arrived here unable to speak English. It makes me chuckle. The United States just wouldn't be the "land of free," anymore in my eyes. This is comming from a forth generation American who only knows how to speak English, I wish all would see this issue through my eyes.
I agree that English is known all around the globe but that does not mean it should be considered as the national language of the United States. There are many languages in the United States and that's what defines the United States. We have many languages and cultures that many countries in today's world don't have. The US has the privilege of being the Unique country because of the language and culture.
English should not be the official language because of the fact that it affects ethnicity and the diversity between cultures, and if a language only exists in the united states, then it shall be cast aside the English language. Therefore, if English becomes the main language, then we will lose our right to free speech and diversity amongst cultures.
America is the home of freedom , people from all different time periods have to America inured for the sweet privilege of freedom. Part of that freedom is gone when we are required to speak a certain language. Bilingual education would space to exist, bilingual workers and translators would no longer be needed. Yes it would save federal spending but increase the rate of unemployment which ultimately harms the country itself. Not only that but making English the official language may further the cultural loss. Even as of now, English not being the official language you see many young people with different heritages losing their background. Speaking less and less the language and the traditions that come with in. America will lose something that makes it unique.
Many people in the US speak different languages and the founding fathers didn't believe there should be an official language. Although not often acknowledged, the United States has a history of multilingualism. Before White settlers founded what is now known as the United States of America, this continent was occupied by indigenous people who spoke many different languages, none of them English. Early on in American history, English co-existed with German, and then eventually with French and Spanish. Thus, the Articles of Confederation along with other documents printed by the first Continental Congress were published jointly in German and English. This eventually lead to the 1837 Pennsylvania law which required schools to provide instruction in both of these languages, establishing the first ever bilingual education law. Similarly, California also established laws declaring the state officially bilingual (in existence for only 30 years) and printed its first state constitutional proceedings in Spanish and English. By the turn of the century, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian and Polish bilingual education programs had also been implemented throughout the country (National Education Association).
No, English shouldn't be the official language because some who don't know how to speak it may have trouble learning it. More minorities are coming in to the US from different cultures and languages so learning English would be a huge step up; not only would it cost money to get into classes it would take time and detection.
What happens to all the Spanish-speaking Americans and all the people that live in the U.S? There area lot of people in this country that do not have English as their first language and would be at a disadvantage if English were declared the official language of the U.S. The reasons that I find to support English becoming the official language of the U.S. With all the research I have done aren't really relevant to the middle class and sounds more like a label that makes us more like the rest of the world. Why be like everyone else? It makes no sense to me. Why not be different? I mean isn't that what our country is known for?
But it depends on totally the dependent person. Its their choice if they want to learn the language and give chances for their future or not. SIMPLE CHOICE. It isn't anything hard. Yes English does look good on one's CV but would they want to go through the stressful nights learning English is totally their choice. IT WILL bring opportunities but if people don't want to speak this beautiful language then okay. We have plenty of English-speaking translators. Mankind will survive without English being that key.
We have a common language already. Why FORCE people to speak English? This hurts the U.S. economy because it forces employers to discriminate against who they hire. The purpose of the U.S. is to be a nation that encourages diversity and culture. Forcing our people to speak English would result in less immigration and therefore also result in a population decrease.
Even the United Kingdoms doesn't have English as their official language. It is their de facto as in the majority of the population speak it but it is not the official language since they have such a big variety of cultures within the country.Yes, the US was founded by English speaking people. But they started acquiring new territory, Spanish, French, Native American those languages were no included into the culture. The framers did not think of an official language because it was thought it would be a "DUH" that English would be the predominant language in the United States. I am an immigrant, I learned English once I got here and rather quickly. It is not because it was the official language but because it is the language I needed to survive. After that I learned Italian, French. Now I'm studying Chinese and Korean, that is the wonderful thing about the US: it lets any culture and people in and the ones that are already here have an opportunity to experience and learn from those cultures. So no. I don't see the point on passing a bill that would make the official language of the US English.
America is a melting pot filled with minorities from countries all over the world. That's what makes this country unique. Also, making English the official language of the U.S. may hinder additional language learning, which is not what we need more of in this country. Encouraging diversity and more language learning will help us in international trade and diplomacy.
English should not be the official language of the United States because this would be like telling people from all over the world that they are no longer welcome in the United States. Which is very sad considering that the United States of America is a nation that was built by immigrants.