Right now I'm living with my husband and his family who migrated from their country, to the United States about 20 years ago. My husband speaks fluent english and spanish, and so does his brothers and his father. But his mother doesn't know any english. I'm constantly getting yelled at by my husband because I'm speaking my language, to his mother. It is not my fault that she doesn't know english. If she has lived here for this long, you would think that she would know enough to communicate with someone? I know some spanish, and I can understand some words, but I don't have to learn spanish to communicate with her because I'am not in a Spanish speaking country. So as you can see there is someone out there who is having a difficult time speaking in their own language to someone who should be speaking the same. That's why it should be require for people to learn and speak the English language.
The United States was founded by people who spoke English. That has been our national language since then. If someone wants to live in the United States, they should be able to speak English, so that the rest of the English-speaking country can understand them. It is easier for the few who want citizenship to learn English, than it is to teach all of the United States to speak other languages, just so we can understand one another.
I've been in the military for 20 years. I've been married to someone that speaks another language for 14 years. We have 3 kids now. I thought my wife would learn English while we were married. Turns out that she has a very lazy side to her about learning English. There's also some pride mixed into the equation. First of all, we live in a country that accepts all kinds. We also have the freedom of speech. I deeply respect our constitution. I fight for it. I'm willing to give my life up for it. But some people that come to our country do not feel this way. They see a free ride, or they don't agree to live in "their" country for whatever reason. They take a lot for granted when they come into this country. It has taken a lot wars and lives to fight for what we believe in. To come into this country to live, then not make a good effort to learn English is very disrespectful. It can be a safety factor as well. For example; If you are in an emergency situation that requires immediate assistance, then how can you communicate in a timely manner to 911, or the next door neighbor, or whoever that don't understand your language? Especially if you have kids. I feel we should have laws created for these reasons. Our country respects all other countries. History has shown that we help other nations more than any other country in the world. Why can't immigrants learn "our" primary language before coming into our country? Yes, it's a privilege (not a right) to speak whatever language in the United States of America. That's the beauty of freedom. That's what we fought for through the years. That's what I fight for. Just remember one thing. In this country, you "can" speak other languages. Your free to do so. But if you plan on living here, and you don't make a valiant effort to speak English is very disrespectful, and it can be extremely unsafe for yourself and others, depending on the situation. I have also observed the people that have true ambition to do well in the United States of America will study English and be fluent. It's not an easy process. I understand this. If you make a "big" decision to go to another country, you need to learn the language. When does common sense kick in? If I move to Russia, would I expect everyone there to understand English? Apply this theory to other countries. You see my point? People that come into the United States of America and don't try to learn English are usually lazy, to prideful of their heritage, mixed with disrespect to this country. And yes, you still have the "privilege" to speak your language here. Youre welcome! Myself and "many others" fought for it. Maybe you should!
If I moved to Mexico, I would never expect the Mexican government to cater to me by printing everything in English as well as Spanish. I've lived in Switzerland, and I speak German - one of their four official languages. I never expected the Swiss government to cater to English-only speakers.
It wastes a great deal of taxpayer funds to print everything in multiple languages. English is our ONE official language; to live here, you should absolutely learn at least a conversational level of it.
Any one that has been born and raised in America, knows that English has always been the language that we speak. All the time growing up everything was in English. Don't know when everything got changed to include Spanish. Real Americans speak English! If you want to be a legal citizen, learn English. The first language real Americans speak!
For you to try to come into my country and speak a language that is foreign to all of us and then expect us to just accommodate to you is completely asinine. I don't understand how anyone could even rationalize that idea! Show some respect for this country and the people in it. We wouldn't go to Mexico without basic knowledge of how to communicate with the locals and get along so by shouldn't they?
When you move to France, you learn to speak French. When you move to Israel, you learn Hebrew. When you move to any other country with a different language, you learn that language. Why is America different? Welcome to America, please speak the language, or GET OUT!!! It's that simple. I should not have to choose between English and Spanish when I call customer service.
I realize that it can be extremely difficult to learn a new language however. I believe it should be required before citizenship. We should all be able to understand each other.
Having a common language helps people live together. I am fine with government providing courses for this, but I don't think we should pay for most other services for non citizens.
If you lived in china, you would have to know Chinese to be able to legitmatly live there full time. It makes much more sense to know the language or the dominant language of the country if you're going to live there or visit, le alone get citizenship. I believe you have to speak English to be a citizen.
To function in the country you live in, you have to learn to speak and write the language. In the US, we give special treatment to Spanish speaking immigrants which means we are discriminating against other immigrants. It's getting to be a convoluted mess...that's why we speak English.
The internet these days makes it simple for citizens to learn English. There are thousands of 10-step programs on learning a new language. I think that if you decide to live in America, its up to you to at least make an effort to learn English. We use the English language on a day-to-day basis. If you don't have that skill, how is it possible to communicate?
My grandparents were from Germany, and my grandfather said since they were now here, they would NOT speak German any more. Therefore my USA born mother never learned German. I sometimes wish I knew German, not as a first language, but as a second language. Why should we have signs in English and Spanish when there are so many other languages spoken in the US? We're slighting other people for the sake of a few.
It's important to maintain your culture, but not at the expense of not being able to communicate in one language. I don't' want America to become like Africa or Europe where each country speaks its own language. At the rate America is immigrating people. California and Florida could become Spanish speaking states with English as a second language. No one country can be all things to all races. The government needs to pass a law that states all citizens must speak and read English. People leave their own countries to come to America to have a better life. If all races continue to have their own language then they will not have a better life, they will not be able to assimilate as Americans. Its fine to maintain your own language but it imperative that all American citizens speak English. We don't want people to come here from other countries to make this country have the same problems they just left. We want America to be a better place to live for everyone. We can't do that if we don't even speak the same language.
My grandmother moved to United States about a year ago, and since then she has been experiencing problems to find a job because of her lack of fluent English, her life here is complicated and hopeless.
Fluency in English is required to improve immigrant's life and to make our community richer
Citizens of the United States shouldn't have to forum to the immigrants so they can understand better. Immigrants wouldn't only be able to understand and be safer but also the citizens would be able to communicate with them as well. Overall, they should learn the language for MANY reasons that it would take forever to explain.
If I'm going to visit France or Spain, I'm going to learn enough of their language to know how to get by. If I'm establishing permanent residency, I'm going to take full courses on language to be as fluent as possible in THEIR language in THEIR country. It's really just a cultural respect thing, and it should be a generalized ideal.
I find it offensive to have everything in Spanish, why not Polish? I find that discriminating. People have come to America from many countries over the years and they love our country and adopt our English language, except those from Mexico, and Latin America. Perhaps we should go to Mexico and demand that English be written everywhere like they do here. It is offensive that no other immigrant group ever did this they all willingly learned English. MY husband is Mexican and Puerto Rican and speaks excellent English and calls himself "An American"
What argument, other countries require this, why should we be different.
Why does Harris County in Texas, jury duty room have announcements in 3-4 different languages when all trials are in English. Why are Spanish, English, Vietnamese needed?
The other burden is on businesses to do double signage in English and Spanish.
People from japan, china and Libya may not know a single word in English because they most likely wont end up being an American citizen, but those who are looking forward to be an american citizen should learn American. If you are stuck under the rubble of a burning house and you call 911 and start telling the situation to them, they may have no idea what the Chinese man in trouble is saying.
Whatever country you choose to have citizenship in you must speak their language. We have 1 language - English. All citizens should speak it not have the already citizens learn to speak another language. There are many languages throughout the world - should Americans have to speak all other languages to accommodate all other possible immigrants? When our country was founded all who came here wanted to learn English and be a true American. Why should that change? If I choose to become a Mexican citizen shouldn't I learn Spanish? Same goes here.
In order to show loyalty and commitment to American values, anyone who would like to be a part of the United States of America honors this nation by learning it's way of communication. The benefit for the individual is being able to make choices, have access to resources, and have better opportunities to have a hopeful livelihood.
Learning the native language of any country you want to work and live in should be an absolute requirement. You would expect nothing less in your native country. This is not your home, it is my home, and I shouldn't have to learn your language in my own home. If you don't agree with that requirement, go back to wherever you came from.
Your family wouldn't consider purposely having more kids if you jobless, broke, and had no real skills the world could use would u? Well sadly this is the way our beloved stars and stripes is these days.... I strongly believe people should become fluent in English before being obtaining a green card/work visa etc...Because I know from experiences in the military...When you as an American travel aboard to a vast majority of countries around the world you will be considered very disrespectful and rude if you have not bothered to have enough respect for their homeland and their culture to learn some if any of their native language....And as it should be. Not to mention these majority of countries in the world hate us just because we are either a.) Foreign or b.) American...And it will be an everyday occurrence to be looked down on and called out on it....Or worse ...Hence traveling in groups abroad...But not in America...And I don't agree on looking down on anyone because lf where they're from or color...However I think its stupidity to let people come here to never even try to learn our language or culture...And take advantage of our ever expanding entitlement programs....Give us your tired your hungry and your poor...Yes that was when America was a manufacturing, and economic powerhouse who wasn't nearly 20 trillion in debt. WAKE UP. We as a nation need to make decisions based on the future of our great nation and our future generations...Not based on being politically correct and fear for offending people or looking insensitive....This is a triage situation people...How can't people see it?....I'm 23 years old and live in upstate rural NY. I love my country, and I love what it stands for. But I warn those of you on the left...History repeats itself...And all great empires rise and fall... We need to be fiscally conservative...And how can we expect an immigrant who cant speak our language to become a productive member of our area....Once great society? No...They will come here and live off the government and their kids will add to out already over populated public schools.....And a teacher who gets paid from our tax dollars will have to dedicate months and months to teach these children English instead of teaching an entire class of children whose parents aren't taking advantage of our governments never ending handouts.
Learning to speak English is a simple request, yes America is diverse, and yes there are cultures that don't speak English. But learning to speak it wouldn't separate your culture. That is completely asinine to think that a culture cant transcend language, that it is Tied to it so in depth that the children of non English speakers cannot learn English for fear of losing the culture. Also, the irony of saying that they should not learn English, (at least on this site) is that all of the responses are in English.
When you move to a new country you must adapt to their society and way of life, we DO NOT need to adapt to them. We should not be wasting our money printing things in other languages, or having to press 1 for English. 1st, our country is already in debt, save that money for more important issues that need to be addressed to benefit the country. By doing so we are only handicapping these people that don't speak English. I would never move to a different country and feel that they should bow down to me and learn my language and ways of life, that's ignorant. And I would never accuse the people of being racist or close minded for not changing their way of life for me. I chose to move, so I must change.
Its a shame that a person is passed over for a job in the US for not speaking a certain language, its a very small requirement to ask that a person to learn the mainstream language in a country where they reside, all other countries do it...Our country may have been built on diversity but one thing unifies America, the common language is and has always been English.
When obtaining citizenship in any country, you must first abide by and satisfy that countries requirements for citizenship. Part of that citizenship criteria is to uphold the values of that country or territory. English is the language of the U.S; being able to speak English to an acceptable level allows citizens participate in society and become part of their community. If speaking English to a acceptable level is or becomes a value of the U.S. Then prospective citizens will be required to meet that standard. Prospective citizens do not have to 'give up' their former language, but merely learn English to a level to participate in society.
If you travel to other countries they do not learn English for you, if you want to get around or live there you learn to speak their language! We should do the same and require people to learn English and take the test in English if they wish to live here. Other countries do it!
Native people in any country see it as a sign of respect when a person is making an effort to learn their language to communicate, especially if they seek citizenship to live and work. This is a part of immigrating into any society as a member to show respect for the country and people.
Learning English is an important REQUIREMENT needed to understand not only the culture of the United States, but more importantly the rules and regulations. Also, in order to truly succeed in the United States you need to know English. English is required for the majority of jobs and this is needed in everyday life.
I see so many customers that come into my place of work that do not speak a lick of English. It amazes me that the whole family from 80 down to 5 years of age cannot speak English. It's downright ridiculous.These people are spoiled and catered to and so lazy that they just choose not to speak the language of the land and that is not right in my book. I guarantee you if I went to Mexico and only spoke English people would not care to help me nor would they call an "interpreter" for me so why should we baby these dirty lazy people?
Nations need to retain their essential character. Lazy incomers diminish the subtleties of a language which begins to change the character of the citizens. Languages derive from and contribute to how the brain works and are intimately related to ethics and morals. I want the language of the founding fathers.
Not only is our Constitution written in English, but that has been our country's language standard since it was taken from the Indians. Other nations around the world speak English, in fact there aren't many large areas/countries you would travel to and people there NOT know it. If I had my way, English would be the official, legal national language spoken here, no more pandering to others. Speak English, or go back. Pretty simple.
The native language in America is english if u want to live here speak the native tongue, why should I learn your language because you want to come here. We don't go to other countries and expect them to learn English to accomadate us, why should we do it here. I work at a well known pharmacy chain and have all kinds of customers, some mexican, some middle eastern and etc, but so many of them don't speak English and its frustrating doing business with them and I actually know some spanish but I purposely refuse to speak it back because I AM AN AMERICAN IN AMERICA
I work at a hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Almost every day, I will have someone come check in to the hotel, and the first thing out of their mouth is "Hable Espanol?" When I say no, most will start speaking perfect English. Why bother asking me in the first place if you can speak English fluently? This is the U.S. It would be like me knowing fluent Spanish, and going to Spain or Mexico asking them if they spoke English. What is the point? Why are you wasting my time when you can speak fluent English. (By the way, I am 100% Caucasian, I do not look Latino or Mexican or any foreign race relating to Spanish culture.) While that is just a bit annoying, what really makes me angry is when someone will come check in and not a single one of them can speak English whatsoever. It's frustrating to both me and the person speaking Spanish. Why are you in America if you cannot converse in simple English, not even knowing your numbers or how much you have to pay or how to locate your room? Why? That would be like me driving to some random city in Mexico and not speaking a lick of Spanish. Does that sound smart? It's a waste of mine and other customer's time when I have to take thirty minutes just to check someone into their room because they can't simply figure out how much they have to pay, where their room is, etc. Another thing that has been making me extremely annoyed/angry: I went into a Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and asked a Wal-Mart employee where the hangars were in the store. She did not understand a single thing I said, and said "Que? Three times looking at me like i'm crazy or speaking Greek or something... Again, this is in Texas. The United States. I don't care if it's right near Mexico. It's still the United States. How do these people get by in life? You can't even do your job if you can't speak English...That's not customer service; it bothers me Wal-Mart would hire someone that can't even speak English, unable to carry out the duties of their job, when there are plenty of Americans unemployed that can actually carry out said duties and responsibilities of their job. I am beyond annoyed by this...I am not racist whatsoever. I just find it to be common sense to speak English if you want to get by here.
If I were to move to another country I wouldn't expect them to speak English. I would have to learn there language. Yes our country is open to everyone and we don't have a national language but we should. A lot of people speak English so they should learn it. In some school you have to take a language. They are Italian and Spanish. I don't see other children in other countries learning English. We are kissing the immigrants butts translating everything for them.
First off I noticed World Wide there is some form of English. Now I don't understand (besides being disrespectful ignorant trash) how a lot don't even have a lick of our Language. If I was to go invade (Ill/legal) some other country, I would dam well make sure I had some jest of that origins language or learn it ASAP! As years go by it gets harder and harder for American kids to get a job unless you have a couple languages under your belt. Don't get me wrong I think people should learn but to get denied a job in your own home land, THATS B.S.
How can a person be expected to contribute to a local economy and society if they cannot even speak the common language used locally? If they have no desire to interact with the people of this country then they should go back to wherever they came from. Get the illegals out!
It's the same if we were going to leave to another country - and demand them to speak English. It's just stupid and ignorant. Yeah - I'm going to go to Spain to be a citizen, yet I refuse to learn Spanish. Because that makes a whole of of sense.
I believe all americans should deffinently be required to speak english. It would make things incredibly easier for the majority of the country(who speak english) because we would be able to communicate. Also, how much money would we save not having to make two signs and/or labels for every american advratisement or item we purchase at a store? One sign. One language. ENGLISH. God bless America.
It makes it harder for us Americans to have to translate for those who don't speak English. People need to learn our language here in America before they become a citizen. It's such a hassle to always have to translate for someone who doesn't speak English. It should be a requirement for anyone who wants to become a citizen of the U.S.
If you don't speak English and live in the United States, you should not be able to consider applying for U.S. Citizenship. Since English is the dominant language spoken here, it is only common sense that true citizens of the United States speak the damn language. I have many relatives who've moved here from another country and lived here for over 15 years, but they still can't speak a complete sentence in English. Ugh.
How would one become a productive member of our society without being able to communicate in our language? They are not asking to visit, they're asking to become citizens, and therefore they should have enough self-respect as well as respect for our country to want to have a working knowledge of English. I feel that generally we have become far to accepting and accommodating to blatant, rampant underachievement.
In order to obtain U.S. citizenship people should be required to learn an speak English. A language requirement would greatly benefit the applicant. If the applicant knows English he/she will be able to assimilate and navigate U.S. culture much faster than someone who never learned the language.
Americans historically come from a wide variety of backgrounds, the most of whom at one point or another spoke a language other than English. Upon arriving to the United States however all have adopted English. English unites Americans and allows them to communicate with each other and their government. If one wishes to become a citizen, they must learn English, otherwise it is questionable how seriously they really wish to become an American.
I think that people should be required to learn and speak English before they can get their citizenship because this is America, and in order for us to all be able to communicate with each other, we all need to be on the same page, and speak the same language. If I went to Mexico, I would be required to speak Spanish, so I think it should be the same all the way around.
Knowledge of the primary language spoken in a country is a necessary skill in order to integrate and become a contributing citizen of that country. For that reason, I think it would be a good idea to require people to learn English before obtaining US citizenship.
If you want to live in this country, you should absolutely learn the language. It should be a part of becoming a US citizen. If I planned to move to France to live for the rest of my life, I would certainly learn French. Why should the people that have lived in the USA all their lives adjust to newcomers? Why should we change our signs, offer choices of language and make other compensations? This is our country. If you choose to live here, make the effort to fit into our society. It is not our responsibility to change our ways to suit you.
I have no idea how some people get along in America without speaking a lick of English. How do they obtain drivers licenses, jobs, etc when they cannot communicate? I find it troubling that some people in this country seriously know zero English, and they seem to be ok with that. It's horribly frustrating when you're trying to explain something or get necessary information from a client and there is a language barrier and no translator. Neither party has any idea what the other is trying to communicate and it always ends with a massive misunderstanding and lots of frustration. I wouldn't expect to become a citizen of another country and not know how to read and write their language, on some level. I had the son of client get very angry with me the other day because he said we "completed the incorrect service for his father who doesn't speak or read English". It was a horribly difficult conversation to have, because the father was asked which service he would like performed and signed a legal document agreeing to the price,(I'm talking about $30 here) but according to his son he didn't know what he was signing. I was completely blown away by his response, he was blaming me. Who is at fault here -- the legal US citizen that cannot speak, read or understand English, that was by themself, and that signed a legal document agreeing to charges both numerically and written out, or the service representative that followed protocol and made sure all the information was listed out and verbally stated in advance to the customer, in English.
YES. MOST DEFINITELY! Not only should it be a major requirement for citizenship their English be CLEARLY understood! Put it through legislation. If you want to learn other languages that's your choices a US citizen. I wouldn't go to another country and become a citizen and expect that country to bend everything around me. I am tired of pressing 1 to hear it in English! I am tired of trying to conduct business in the US and the US employee speaks broken English!
I wouldn't go to say Germany to live and not learn German. Yes people come to America to create a new life, but when most people only speak English (and i mean 2 years of Spanish for high school doesn't make a person fluent) then it makes it very hard for that person to get a job because people want someone who can speak to where others can understand what they say.
All members of foreign countries that are looking for United States citizenship should be required to learn English, prior to naturalization. With the length of the citizenship process being what it is, the government needs to require a certain amount of hours or classes for a person requesting citizenship to take.
Immigrants come here and take unfair advantage of our welfare system, our freedom and our democracy. The very least they can do is learn to communicate at a basic level. Speak whatever language you want in your own home among those who understand it; but when you're out and about and a cop pulls you over, you better be able to apologize in English for not having current tags and insurance on your car.
There is nothing more frustrating than an angry foreigner who is mad because you don't understand what they're saying. I know that may sound ignorant, but it's so true. I think if you want to become a US citizen, you should also want to be able to communicate with those people within the U.S.
An individual should be able to pass the citizenship test in English before they can become a citizen. The majority of business in the country is conducted in English and all the street signs and traffic directions are in English. It may be endangering people if people can not understand what signs say. The United States is a melting pot, but speaking English is also essential to success in this country and should be a prerequisite to becoming a citizen.
Yes, a rudimentary fluency in the English language should be a requirement for citizenship. A nation's language is one of the main unifying factors for its citizens. If everyone who immigrated to America decided to only speak their country of origin's language, it would be the Tower of Babel all over again. Diversity is great, but it's absolutely essential to learn the language of the country you want to be a citizen of in order to fully participate.
The United States isn't a bilingual country, yet, and until it is, I think anyone wishing to become a citizen ought to be able to speak a little English. If people want to become citizens of this country and enjoy all the benefits of living here, as opposed to the country from which they came, then they should make the effort to learn the language that is spoken by the majority of the people who live here and are citizens.
I am by no means a language snob; I welcome other language speakers to the US and think it is a shame that Americans are functionally monolingual. However, I think anyone wishing to emigrate to another country should make an effort to learn that language. And I think anyone wishing to become a citizen of that country should have a certain minimum proficiency in that language. While the US has no official language, the de facto official language is clearly English. There is no reason this cannot be de jure as well. It doesn't mean we have to suppress other languages or lend any credence to the often racist "English! English! English!" rabble rousers.
It's simply practical. It's a hardship on non-English speakers and on the ones who have to interact with them. That is fine for guests to our country, we can be hospitable and go the extra mile to accommodate them. But if they are going to become one of us, then they are no longer guests, entitled to every courtesy, but citizens, and they take on responsibilities instead.
Yeah, we are all Americans, but we are a diverse country that is a "melting pot" for all sorts of different backgrounds - why would we seek to change this by forcing everyone to learn the same language? Besides, learning a language can be very difficult - this whole thing is unreasonable
They pay the taxes and they have every right to vote in elections. They also love the country as much as we did. Why just don't give them a little chance to be come a citizen? English does not bother them because they know other languages. Well, they can't communicate with the society but they understand what they are doing.
because one of the reasons for people to come here, is to start a new life, make things of themselves, without any requirements religiously, ethnically, or mentality related, if you are a black Muslim who speaks Chinese, you should be allowed to come to the US no matter what language you speak, honestly we dont acctually have an official languange so if you dont want to learn english you dont constitutionally have to, furthermore people will probably pick up on english for whatever reason anyways so why make it a big deal and force feed them it?
All immigrants must learn English started when whites INVADED my peoples country many years ago. I believe that English AND Spanish should be the languages we speak. Heres a joke: What is a person whom speaks three languages: Trilingual. What is a person whom speaks two languages: Bilingual. What is a person whom speaks but One language: AMERICAN. Why is it that other countries must learn our tongue but not us theirs? This debate is asinine. I speak both. I'm proud of learning the COMMON LANGUAGES of the land. My people don't speak their own language anymore. Whites beat the English into us and the Spanish too... Mexicans all speak Spanish and they're coming over. The only reason we aren't speaking German right now (a majority of people immigrated a while back when our country was new, were German) is because English speakers refused to learn it. ADAPT PEOPLE! Its not GOOD to speak only one language! It only limits you! It limits the country!
Well in my opinion U.S. has no right to make people learn English before getting citizenship because they have no right to impose the learning of English on people. It is their life and their own wish to learn a language. But after attaining citizenship yes US can make them learn English as they are now a part of this land but not before this.
The U.S. should not force any person wanting citizenship to learn the English language. We are a country diverse in ethnicity and culture and requiring English to be spoken as a contingency for citizenship would ruin that diversity. The United States was created as a place of freedom and the requirement of one to speak any language is a violation of freedom.
Ever hear of taxation without representation? That's exactly what this is. If a person lives in country, and pays our taxes, they have every right to vote in our elections. What's more, who are we to say that a person is incapable of being a responsible citizen without speaking English? I'm pretty sure they can print ballots in Spanish.
Yeah, we are all Americans, but we are a diverse country that is a "melting pot" for all sorts of different backgrounds - why would we seek to change this by forcing everyone to learn the same language? Besides, learning a language can be very difficult - this whole thing is unreasonable
i think that people shoudnt be forced to learn english because it deprives themmof their heritage
Most people in the US who don't know English are immigrants who are fluent in a different language. Being forced to learn another one would be next to impossible. Also, in the 21st century, we Americans are at a disadvantage. Why? We don't bother to ever learn another language. Maybe we should both try to learn another language. It'd make the world a better place. It's already hard enough leaving all you know. We shouldn't force our ways on those poor people. To all those lovely people I know and already dislike FYI: It's a free country.
There is no national language in the US. The majority speaks English, yes; however, the country does not have an official language. People who insist there should be an English proficiency language requirement are usually racist and/or xenophobic, and think that would be a good way to rid the country of immigrants. The US was found on diversity, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol that the country is and should be open to whoever wants to come here, and no where in the Constitution does it say people must conform to one language to reside in this country.
English isn't even the US's official language. The US doesn't even have an official language. American is for everyone not only for the people that speak English. I actually find it sad that to be a citizen you must take a test in English. It should be in all languages. America celebrates diversity and is called the melting pot. So we should value the diff ethnicities
Made Singapore a very diverse country especially in languages. Singapore currently has 4 official languages, and many, many more languages that are largely spoken in Singapore. First of, America is built by immigrants. Dutch, English, Spanish, even Chinese, and many more. By making sure immigrants applying for American citizenship speaks English would repel international businesses from settling a base in the USA. Learning English is a responsibility, not mandatory. For example, If a French businessman wants to base their business in USA for whatever reason, he would be better off with an American citizen, but because Language, especially English takes a long time to learn, he may consider investing in Francophone countries. Second, English speakers may be less eager to learn a second language. In Singapore, almost everyone speaks atleast a second language because their surrounding society demands them to. A large portion of Singapore speaks mandarin, this encouraged many English speakers to start learning Mandarin to communicate well with his friends or colleagues.
My grandmother immigrated here from Korea with my mom when she was young. She speaks enough to get by, but I see no reason you have to force her to learn a new way to say everything. People are acting like learning a new language is the easiest thing. But as a person who speaks Korean, English, and Spanish, it is extremely difficult to learn all the rules of you first language, let alone a second, especially when you get older. I think if my grandmother knows simple basics, she does not need to learn anything else. America is founded on diversity and freedom, and I think it is wonderful we all speak different languages. Seriously, has no one heard of translators?! (gasp!)
Our homelands are the most important place to us. They remind of home, love, and childhood. Why should they be required to learn English? What if you had to learn Japanese in a year or two? People would have to do that here, only with English. What is you had to learn to understand your pets? Or baby sibling or cousin?
i think people shouldnt change what they speak like and they shouldnt want to change for this country that i think is bias that people have to change the way they talk for this world poeple are fine they way they are
There should not be an official language of America. America was founded on the principles of DIVERSITY from New York to Georgia there was a huge range of ideas that people had. If anything we should make English speakers speak Cheyenne or Cherokee or one of the other Indian dialects before even thinking about English becoming the official language of the country