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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    An American who can't speak English is still an American.
    A person who can only speak or read one language is an American.










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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    There are hundreds of languages spoken inside the USA, by millions of immigrants. As it now stands, ballots, public notices, etc., must be printed in every language that is the primary language of 10% or more of its residents. In some cities, that costs millions of dollars... not to mention the exhorbitant cost of bi-lingual education for all these different languages.

    I believe that the USA should fully-fund learning centers throughout the country for both adult and child English courses. However, I also believe that English should be the official language of America. People who come here to be part of America cannot fully do so until they are able to fully communicate in English, just as any of us would be unable to be a part of any country we chose to live in without learning to speak the language there.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    And they tried to learn English. Many people today just don't.
    That's not true. Virtually all second-generation immigrants to the United States speak English fluently, and that's the way that it's always been. The first generation may or may not learn English (to varying degrees of proficiency) depending on the ability of the individual immigrant and the necessity of learning English. But the second generation is fully assimilated into American culture, including the English language.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Making it part of what you need to become a citizen doesn't mean they have to be highly proficient in it. Just that they can get the basics done.



    And they tried to learn English. Many people today just don't. I have nothing wrong with flexibility but I do have a problem with telling people that live here to adjust to immigrants which seems to be the big solution these days. Well they just can't, so we should all learn Spanish. NO! I won't learn Spanish, so they don't have to learn English. I'm not the one trying to make it not being able to speak the language everyone else is speaking, they are. They should adjust, NOT me.



    An American no one has any use for.

    Oh and I don't actually support making English the national language. I'm just outraged by the "lets adjust to them" attitude these days.
    Ahhh, that didn't take long. So it's about those bean eating Mexicans. Maybe people wouldn't hate them so much if they'd learn a little bit about their language and culture.

    Are you demanding those damned injuns learned to speak "white" as well?










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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    There are hundreds of languages spoken inside the USA, by millions of immigrants. As it now stands, ballots, public notices, etc., must be printed in every language that is the primary language of 10% or more of its residents. In some cities, that costs millions of dollars... not to mention the exhorbitant cost of bi-lingual education for all these different languages.

    I believe that the USA should fully-fund learning centers throughout the country for both adult and child English courses. However, I also believe that English should be the official language of America. People who come here to be part of America cannot fully do so until they are able to fully communicate in English, just as any of us would be unable to be a part of any country we chose to live in without learning to speak the language there.
    And more than 25% of the citizens of the United States are unable to read or write - "fully communicate in English".










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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    And more than 25% of the citizens of the United States are unable to read or write - "fully communicate in English".
    Maybe we need to have a department of education

    oh wait we do-and it seems since we have had one things have got worse

    my sister in law is full blooded Chinese. she was born in this country to two well educated people who fled communism. They didn't speak very good English but both retired as tenured professors in hard sciences from a prestigious university. My Sister can not speak any Chinese. Her parents wanted her to speak only the language of their adopted country. (She sends my nieces to stay with her parents in the summer for several weeks so they can learn Chinese!)

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    A person who can only speak or read one language is an American.
    Though that is often part of a joke told in foreign language departments, most people around the world can only speak and communicate in a single language.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Just how many fracking languages are we supposed to accomodate? Shall we make all documents available in Estonian? Should road signs include Mandarin, Cantonese, Swahili and Zulu? How far do you take this?

    Maintaining a sense of national identity across several thousand miles of landmass, and several thousand miles of ocean in some cases, is difficult enough without the citizenry lacking a common language in which to speak with each other. Nothing makes people see others as alien moreso than not being able to communicate with them.

    Diversity is all well and good but a nation of forty-seven languages, where half the population can't even talk with the other half, is no nation. It is a shambling mess looking for a place to fall apart.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Maybe we need to have a department of education

    oh wait we do-and it seems since we have had one things have got worse

    my sister in law is full blooded Chinese. she was born in this country to two well educated people who fled communism. They didn't speak very good English but both retired as tenured professors in hard sciences from a prestigious university. My Sister can not speak any Chinese. Her parents wanted her to speak only the language of their adopted country. (She sends my nieces to stay with her parents in the summer for several weeks so they can learn Chinese!)
    Bi-lingual/bi-cultural, I support it.

    Pragmatically speaking English remains the international language of money. If you want more money, the odds are vastly in favor of your getting it if you become literate in English. The rest of the argument is all "God, mom and apple pie" bullsquat. If a person repatriates and becomes a citizen and finds somehow that they can function in America and not have a clue what most people around them say then it is their choice.

    Children growing up in America are going to learn to speak English. That's a given. What we are talking about then are adults. If they can make it without speaking English I don't care.










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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    The vast majority of bi/multi-lingual countries around the world have serious problems with national identity. Groups are often divided by and identify themselves by ethno-linguistic lines. Yeah, people will cite Switzerland, but it is very much the exception, and for much of its own history, there were ethno-linguistic divisions within the country. OK, SUI is one success, but the others are very few and far between. In fact, many countries around the world with many languages spoken within the country promote a single national language, including Taiwan where I currently reside, but China, Indonesia and many others do the same thing. This is to promote a common identity and to make commuication by people throughout the country easier and more efficient.
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