Essay On Making English The Official Language

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Many people think that English is the official language of the United States but think again. The United States does not have an official language. Immigrants came to the United States from different countries, speaking their native tongue and over time, English became the dominant language of the United States. Making English the official language of the United States will help bring people together, and it will motivate immigrants to assimilate to their adopted country and learn the new language.
Making English the official language of the United States goes back to 1780, when future president John Adams felt that English should be the national language. This was not very popular because at that time people spoke many different languages,
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According to the article “why English should be the official language of the United States,” it cost billions of dollars for bilingual education and translators for government offices. Immigrants learning to speak English would also prevent accidents that happen because the immigrants could not understand the Americans or the Americans could not understand the immigrants. In addition, immigrants that do not speak English find it hard to get jobs and learning the language opens doors to better opportunities. However, this idea is changing, as mayor of Miami Maurice Ferre announced that Spanish-speaking immigrants do not need to learn to speak English. “We’re talking about Spanish as a main form of communication, as an official language, not on the way to English.” With the population of the Spanish-speaking immigrant growing, the government makes it easy for them not to learn English by providing government funded interpreters and government forms in different languages. Because America does not have an official language, the government has to provide services in multiple languages. “We are creating classes of people who will never need to speak English and who will never learn it.”

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