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Post Reply Should English become the U.S.A.'s National Official Language?
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Over 229 million people know English in the United States and 31 states have already made English their official language so why hasn't the whole country? I believe English should be the official language and that Spanish shouldn't even be used for states who don't have many Spanish speakers. Why should I have to press 1 to choose English? Our founding fathers, the European ones, spoke English. It annoys me that we are allowing Spanish to become popular. Anyway... what are your thoughts on English being the official US language?
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Wait.... English isn't the official language of the USA? Well that's odd.

Although to be fair, in that accent it's hardly real English. I put subtitles on american films because otherwise I can't understand
Posted 6/5/15 , edited 6/6/15
No. Is it that big of a inconvenience for you to just Press 1 for English?
How we gonna have a "diverse" country with immigrants from all around the world coming here if English is the only language being used here?
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jeffcoatstephen wrote:
Why should I have to press 1 to choose English? Our founding fathers, the European ones, spoke English. It annoys me that we are allowing Spanish to become popular.


Is having to push a button really that annoying? And I don't think that Spanish is becoming popular so much as we're just getting more Spanish speaking people. I mean, it's not like the cool kids are going out and learning it or anything.......are they?
Posted 6/5/15 , edited 6/6/15
English is the primary language used for legislation, regulations, executive orders, treaties, federal court rulings, and all other official pronouncements; although there are laws requiring documents such as ballots to be printed in multiple languages when there are large numbers of non-English speakers in an area. Yeah our founding fathers did speak english, but there were other people here already that didn't speak english. We do so to accommodate minorities. I don't think it is a huge deal.. Just press 1
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I personally am an Englishman, I'm proud to share my language with such a wide variety of people around the world, but I feel the idea of an official language dated, in our increasingly globalised world, people speak a wide variety of languages, just because a majority of a population speak a language doesn't make it official (in my opinion). I feel people should be able to speak as they choose. As for "press one to choose English" I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but the amount of times "American English" is default, and "British English" is not even listed drives me mad, but I understand why its done, and realise its something I should get over.
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Ideally you should know the language of whatever country you choose to reside in. It's one thing to vacation somewhere and learn just enough to get by, it's another to live somewhere. I've seen plenty of foreigners who refuse to learn English when they come here, but I guess since the US will basically bend over backwards for anyone it isn't much of a deal for them. Anyways, English is the language here in the US. Official or not doesn't really matter. You either learn it or in most cases for hispanics, have your kids translate for you.
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Yes it should. Why should our government have to spend billions of dollars on translating documents and hiring teachers to speak different languages to teach kids in school? ,

Both sets of my grandparents migrated to the USA LEGALLY from Europe. They stayed at Ellis Island, learned English, got jobs and then raised families. Why do we pay trespassing immigrants (non-citizens) with food stamps, welfare, education, healthcare, housing, etc. with tax payer money? Why must the middleclass struggle to pay their own bills while the government takes 40 cents on every dollar that they earn to pay for people who came here against the law? People who can't be bothered to fit in to society let alone learn English. we are paying to raise foreign children and their parents as we leave our children 20 TRILLION Dollars in debt? It's insane.
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Yes, a national language is something that should have been pass long ago. If anything it should help bring people together but the bleeding hearts would argue that it would hurt feelings. If anything just to get English recognized throw in Spanish so the majority of people would support this.
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jeffcoatstephen wrote:

Our founding fathers, the European ones, spoke English.


They also spoke, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Italian, and so on. Those are all European languages. Really, you should go take some history courses instead of spouting off stuff that you know nothing about.
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Xxanthar wrote:

Yes it should. Why should our government have to spend billions of dollars on translating documents and hiring teachers to speak different languages to teach kids in school? ,

Both sets of my grandparents migrated to the USA LEGALLY from Europe. They stayed at Ellis Island, learned English, got jobs and then raised families. Why do we pay trespassing immigrants (non-citizens) with food stamps, welfare, education, healthcare, housing, etc. with tax payer money? Why must the middleclass struggle to pay their own bills while the government takes 40 cents on every dollar that they earn to pay for people who came here against the law? People who can't be bothered to fit in to society let alone learn English. we are paying to raise foreign children and their parents as we leave our children 20 TRILLION Dollars in debt? It's insane.



Most of what you're saying is simply untrue. You are watching faux news, listening to AM radio and believing the lies that you are told. It's really sad how ignorant you are. I feel sorry for you.
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