When the majority of our ancestors came here searching for the American dream, they were not proficient in English. Other Western nations protect their languages. Anybody who has spent a lot of time, effort and money on becoming somewhat understood will know how it feels when others insist on replying in English. I agree that it would make people from other countries… ethnic groups, speaking in many different tongues came to America. It did not matter that the attempt to equate national origin with language under the 1964 Civil Rights Act had been rejected in numerous court decisions at the federal and state level for thirty years.
Today the United States is one of the few countries in the world without at least one official language. It really would be nice to have a simpler to learn lingua franca. Today, those numbers are more staggering. Here as elsewhere, people who are isolated by language tend — much like poor people, or victims of sexual assault, for example — to get blamed for their condition. In Hartford, Connecticut, far from the border states where we usually think this concentrated, over 40 percent of the residents are Hispanic, and half the Spanish-speaking residents do not speak English. The Supreme Court, however, has yet to rule on the issue.
This seems like the best and most efficient compromise. For example, economics has a huge American bias. Violators are subject to penalties and or civil rights prosecution. This option has the least going for it and the most support. Esperanto is good as an auxiliary language but it is not suitable as an world language because of its pronunciation.
I take it as a part of my job, but still it sometimes stings… Learning a new language does take time and resources not everyone has, even more if you want to speak it fluently. Making English an official language will address the issue, saving the government lots of money. The end goal is to unite the American people, while improving the lives of immigrants and native-born inhabitants. In addition, having only French and English as the official languages of Canada leave out a very important group: aboriginal language users. All citizens, both indigenous and immigrants, will be under obligation to learn and use English in going about most of their errands. According to King, the bill would void an executive order dating back to the Clinton administration. No one wants Esperanto to replace native languages, it only aims to be used in international situations where some common language must be used.
If they are to be integrated into American society, and move upward in it, English is the language of common use, and the language of opportunity. I have lived this issue, and it is incomprehensible to me that anyone would oppose legislation which codifies the language policy for this country. Men could go straight to the top, but women were sidetracked by years of extra work. English is not our official language now, and that means government has to provide services in dozens of languages to accommodate a non-English-speaking population. Well contrary to what you might expect Esperanto promotes rather than reduces linguistic diversity. The troublesome example of official French policy in Quebec offers a cautionary tale. Hirsch, Random House, New York, 1988 Americans No More; The Death of Citizenship, Georgie Anne Geyer, The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1996 Forked Tongue; The Politics of Bilingual Education, Rosalie Pedalino Porter, Basic Books, Inc.
So what can we do about it? The standard for English is still set by the countries where it is spoken all the time. John Hughes, a former editor of the Monitor, is a professor of communications and director of the International Media Studies Program at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. English is a very difficult language: its writing system is not phonetic, so one has to learn two languages: one written and one spoken. And yet, the issue isn't any closer to a resolution than it was 200 years ago. Adopting official English would align federal government agencies with other government institutions like the armed services and the federal court system, which for practical reasons have decided to conduct official business in English alone. Of course, including Hawaiian keep in mind that Hawaii.
That proficiency enables immigrants - or should enable them - to evaluate the platforms of candidates for election, cast ballots, and generally exercise their rights as citizens. Immigrants cannot learn English overnight. The first generation immigrants are monolingual, learning some English but speaking their native language at home. So if these bills have been around for a bit, why am I just talking about them now? It also reminds immigrants of home. There are indeed some who get by with English.
This shift in elite opinion was accompanied by a gradual but pronounced reversal in government policy. Providing translations and interpreter services in even a handful of the 322 languages now spoken in the U. By catering to non-English speakers, we are creating linguistic ghettos. Refunds will only be issued if requested within thirty 30 days and before completed application is printed. But English is very dominant. Many people are surprised to learn that the United States has no official language. Congress — a constitutional amendment declaring English the official language of the United States.
There was a fat zero chance for them to become the lingua franca of the world after industrial revolution and developing libertarianism. Most world organizations use English as the communication language. In a study preformed by Lieberson, the United States has the highest rate of mother-tongue shift toward English monolingualism than anywhere else on the planet. That is roughly what most polyglots on the web are recommending. They claim that bilingual education is ineffective, mainly because it does not always place English assimilation as the priority.
Dillon Lewis is a Davenport Fellow and a senior at Palmyra Area High School. One example cited in Dade County, Florida, where, after a 1980 English-only law was passed, Spanish signs on public transportation were removed. The debate was limited to whether America should have a private system with some government influence at the margins or one with none at all. For more see: A basic truth is that we would all be better off if we all spoke the same language. Neither the nation nor ethnic minorities are well served by making it possible for those minorities to live their entire lives in linguistic ghettos - enclaves where street signs, official notices, court orders, and voting data are offered exclusively in Spanish, or Chinese, or some other non-English tongue. Up until that point, I had taken English for granted, I never realised how much work the rest of the world goes through. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.