English Be The Official Language By Charles Krauthammer Analysis

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1. Throughout Charles Krauthammer’s essay his overall argument is that English should be the official language in the United States in order to keep things simple and easy. Krauthammer supports his claim by stating that the United States becoming a bilingual country would just tear it apart. He begins his essay with saying how he was from Canada and having two different languages in that country almost tore it apart when Canada did not even have a choice on if it would be bilingual or not. He states the U.S. has the choice and it would be making the wrong choice to allow the country to be bilingual and not have English as the official language. Furthermore, Krauthammer states that making English the official language would not discourage immigrants. …show more content…
Krauthammer appeals to ethos multiple times throughout his essay on English becoming the official language of the U.S. One way he establishes credibility is when he talks of when he grew up in Québec, Canada. He speaks of a time when bilingualism started an issue that led to terrorism, unrest, and threats of separation of the country. Readers believe him to be credible when he speaks of why the United States should not be a bilingual country because he grew up in one that dealt with turmoil over it for years. He also establishes a sense of ethos when he speaks of the languages his father and himself speak. Krauthammer speaks three and his father speaks nine, worst language being English, and that his dad soon realized it would be difficult for him to live in the United States without improving his English skills. His point adds a sense of credibility because he shows that people who were born and raised speaking different languages have no problem bettering a language that will help them most in whatever country they are currently living in. both bettered their English in order to make living in the United States as easy as possible, and that is all Krauthammer wants for the people of the U.S. to realize. People do not need to perfect their English language in order to live their if the official language was English, but they do need to understand enough to get through daily life in the United …show more content…
Krauthammer says, “An enormous, linguistically monoclonal immigration,” in paragraph six of his essay. In that line he is referring to Latin America who is coming in huge masses to America and they all speak one language, Spanish. He is saying that America has never had a migration so big of just one spoken language. It has only been multiple languages coming at the same time. He does not think America knows how to handle such a migration of Spanish speakers. The Latin American migration connects to “Canada’s restive Québec” because he assumes that the mass migration of Spanish speakers will want the same thing the French speakers from Québec wanted, an acknowledgment of their language as one of the official languages. He believes that soon the immigrants from Latin America will also want the acknowledgement of their native language like people from Québec wanted

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