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hmurchison
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Should English be the Official US Language?
Something like %75 of the Worlds documents are printed in English. It is the dominant language of the more powerful countries. Do you think that English should be our Official Language?

By Official I mean that all Government documents will be available in English. It means that schools that are Government funded will teach in English. It doesn't mean that people cannot speak another language it just means that Government resources won't but utilized to train or teach people in their native languages.

Personally I'm for English being the preferred and Official Language of the US. People are free to allow their children to be bilingual but schooling will be focused on English. This will allow the kids to assimilate into US culture better. Refusal to learn the dominant language only creates a situation where you have balkanized communities and communication problems.

Today Spanish speaking people get a lot of attention but in 20 years what do you do with the increase in Asian or Indian populations? Wouldn't they have the right to have their kids taught in their native language? The prescedent is being set right now with Spanish.



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Damn! I thought the official language was already English? If it is not, it should be. I see how everything is supposed to have a Spanish equivilent because of the big hispanic population.

But English should be the talk. That is only natural, IMO.
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My mother worked as an attorney in the public school system here in WA and I can tell you that the problem is not that people want to prevent Spanish. It's this.

Spanish speaking parents come to public school. Public school has to be accomodating because there is no policy that states English is the official language. Spanish speaking parent demand their kids be taught in Spanish. Bilinqual text and teachers must be hired.

Isn't this a bit of a hassle when English is the dominant language?
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You're right. That seems a bit out of place to demand that Spanish students be taught in Spanish, when English is obviously to dominent language in America.

I have travelled to places in Europe and most people in public jobs (ex. airport, bus station) are required to speak English. This makes sense because they are in international spots.

But when you are inside the country itself? No one should be required to speak, "your" language. You should be learning theirs.

Same thing should apply in America!
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It would reduce our cost and the inconvience for all of us, not to press #1 if we speak English already? I even called a place that began blurting out in Chinese or something.

The ABC (Acohol Beverage Control) in San Francisco has translation in their forms for 15 languages? 4 extra pages I had to occupy my life with.

This takes time, money and extra energy, when someone that already speaks english, has to wait, because special treatment is given to people needing translators.

Go to the court and see if they are not taken first. Because the translators, have to go somewhere else.

By the way, I'm almost bi-lingual having to listen and read the signs.
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I dont know what to think about all of this. I aint gonna lie... I thought english was already the official US language!

But with this immigration stuff going on spanish will be more popular now. I can understand bilingual signs at the subway, metro, trains, bus station.... but on all signs?
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The problem is this.

English isn't "American" It's spoken/written in throughout Europe and South America. I'm not saying that learning Spanish isn't a fruitful effort but that Spanish is simply not the dominant world language. English is.

Communication is vital to unity. Every time I have to chose multiple language options for my ATM I sit back and realize that many people are appeasing this and furthering balkanization of the US.

Asian people didn't demand that signs have Japanese, Korean or Chinese on the signs or ATM. Maybe they should have.

Maybe I should learn a dialect of Afrikans and demand my children be tought in my native language. Why aren't MY cultural needs being addressed? Why are the growing Somali communites getting their language taught at school ?

We're making mistakes today that will cost us dearly in the future.
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