The Controversy Of Establishing English As A National Language

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English is the National Language
Language is something that is inherent in every culture. The words might be different, but the purpose is the same: communication. Can you imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t communicate with anyone in the country that you live in? We use language every day, but have you ever thought about how important and powerful language really is? In America today, there is much debate on whether a national language needs to be established or not. Opponents say that establishing a national language will make other cultures feel isolated and alienated, while proponents believe that having a national language will greatly benefit every person living in the United States. Establishing English as the national language will not only make communication in America more centralized, but it
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English is a language used all over the world. Many countries—if not all—use the English language. In fact, it is being referred to as the International Language. In the USA, on the other hand, because there are many races and ethnicities making up the American people, there are also many languages being used. According to Thomas Cooley, there are more than three hundred languages being spoken in America today (Cooley 428). Not a single one of those languages is a language spoken centrally in all America, by every single American. For this reason, many of those who cannot speak English fluently—or at all—have struggled to communicate in the country that they live in, and oftentimes this results in shame and sometimes real hurt, as Chang-Rae Lee puts it in her essay “Mute in an English-Only World.” (Cooley 432)
Establishing English as the national language will make

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