English should be the official language of the United States to give the people what they want, to recognize the historic role, and to limit controversy. English should be the official language of the United States to give the citizens what they want. Some citizens of the United States are completely oblivious to the lack of an official language. If the United States is “run by the people” then should not the voice of Americans not only be heard but also acted upon? According to the U.S. census of 2012, 87% of Americans believe that English should be the official language of their proud country(Pro English).
Making english the only official and legally recognized language in the United States would certainly be a positive change for those who only speak english. The passing of this law could be used in the workforce to level out the playing field. It is no surprise that americans who speak more than one language in the United States have an advantage over those who only speak one language. Large companies and even small business are always looking for employees who are bilingual. Having bilingual employees can be very beneficial to their businesses.
Others believe that English shouldn’t be the official language and instead be one of many prominent languages that are widely used in our nation such as Spanish, French, and Chinese. I believe English should be the official language in the United States. However, I believe more emphasis should be placed on learning new languages especially among youths in school and during developmental stages. I believe English should be the Official language of the United States. Historically speaking the dominant nation or dominant world power has often times had the official worldwide language.
Opponents might say that Chinese people are increasing, so Mandarin should be the global language. According to Nationalencyklopedin and “the future of English as she was spoke,” people who speak Mandarin is about 95 million, and about 36 million people speak English as the first language. However, there are over billion people who use English as the second or third language. Nowadays, English speakers in developing countries also have been increasing. This is because they know that English is the key for development of the countries.
The overall number of people who regard English as their first or secondary language has achieved 22.1 billion, and it’s equal to the third of the world’s population (p.514). The reason for this phenomenon is that people are globally and increasingly educated by English subjects in many countries. As a result, English education is internationally disseminated nowadays due to the English globalization, and numerous people can use it
Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of press. Freedom of speech contradicts English becoming the official language of the United States. “This is interpreted as the right to say whatever one wants to say, this could surely include the right to say it in whatever language one chooses” (Lewis). Our country was built based on the opportunity for immigrants to come here in order to live a better life filled with more opportunities. Multilingualism provides a diverse community where individuals get a chance to hear not only English but a plethora of other languages.
There is a multitude of various cultures with magnificent languages that make up the diversity America is known for, but instead of having to feel isolated with their own culture they can be able to be unified by a national language that our country was founded upon: English. Declaring English, the national language
Angela Hernandes thinks that making the English the official language, “… would put you through a better education” as along with many other immigrants (Vazquez 2). Native American and non-native American citizens voted on if English should become the official language of the United States and it displayed, “polls show that 86 percent of the American voters and 81 percent of immigrants support legislation to make English should be the official language of the government” (Mujica 47). With both sides agreeing in the eighty percentile one would think it would not be an issue on making English the Nation’s language, but the issue of making it the official language is where hurting people’s pride come into effect. This is why having an official language has not been made into a law
The founders of the United States of America were aware of the importance of the language of nation building. A nation’s language was thought to be the essence of national culture. There were movements to make English as the official language but failed in their attempt. Making English as the official language promotes unity among the people, serves as a means of communication for immigrants, helps in business, and cut government spending on bilingualism. For years, there has been considerable debate on whether English should be the official language of United States or not.
However, English is an important part of the language knowledge and global competition now, should arrest the decline has never been so urgent. There is one word saying that “There is a belief, a common language to create a common culture, so the creation of a new national identity.” The reason given for studying English was economic. Abdul Rahman Ya’akub announced in 1970, all English medium schools would be converted into Malay medium schools. Fast forward to 2012, the Malaysian government is seriously arrest once the decline in the Standard English, with good reason. We have returned to the in situ; acknowledge that we must do it purely for economic reasons, the same reason.