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Should the U.S. become a bilingual country
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rebirth
Jun 17, 2011
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English should be the only national language


jonjax71
Jun 17, 2011
1 convinced
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Whether it's official or not, the USA is already a multi-lingual country with Spanish speakers nearly equaling English speakers

 
enzod1022
Jun 17, 2011
0 convinced
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There should only be one national language. To do otherwise would create a separating force among the people. Its easiest to unite under one language.

 
rebirth
Jun 17, 2011
0 convinced
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you go to china. you learn chinese.
you go to germany. you learn german.
you go to the united states. you learn english.

 
rodrogers
Jun 17, 2011
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Personally I find multiple languages to be a relic of the (ancient) past. We developed different languages (as humans) because we were separated. Now we all communicate, instantaneously, but still in many different languages. There seems to be no good reason for it. English, as a primary language, has the advantage of being one of the (if not the) language with the largest vocabulary. But, it is also very confusing and, frankly, stupid,

It sure would be nice if everyone could communicate with each other,,,just saying

Still, I reject any argument based on the "mexicans are evil, (dey tuk ur jerbs!)" stereotype.

I predict translation technology will someday make the language problem disappear.

 
rebirth
Jun 18, 2011
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I meant to say Mandarin, but your statement doesn't refute my point.

 
trotsky
Jun 18, 2011
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You can encourage the growth of multi-lingulism, but to give the U.S another official langauge would be silly. You would effectively be ruling that all politicians either need to be Bi-lingual, or have an interpretor wth them at all times. Every bill and statement would have to be issued n two languages. It's be stupid. Keep ONE language as the official language of government. Hell, if spanish speakers eventually outnumber english speakers in America then remove english as the official langauge and switch it with spanish. just keep things simple by only having one.

I mean, for example, the E.U has multiple official languages and it spends almost $2 bllion a year on translating alone.

 
james67
Jun 18, 2011
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You have to admit that the de facto national language in the usa is english. . its the language of everything official/legal/governmental

 
enzod1022
Jun 18, 2011
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I never said that we should cleanse ourselves of the Spanish language. I'm simply stating that one national language is more practical than having two. Why learn two when you only need one?

 
skiingfool435
Jun 18, 2011
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I'd also ask, why should the US become a bilingual country now? What is different about the immigration today as compared to immigration from 1800-1970 that we would suddenly feel compelled to institute a dual national language where we once fostered (though didn't enshrine) a multitude of spoken languages?

 
denverdannydee
Jun 21, 2011
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My girlfriend wishes I was bilingual

 
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Spanish should be the national language also


rodrogers
Jun 17, 2011
2 convinced
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I also think it is silly that this debate is divided between, "English should be the only national language" and "Spanish should also be the national language"

Silly because 1.) the author does not seem to know that the US does not have a national language, and 2.) why should we be debating about what the national languages should include (or exclude) when we should be arguing about whether there should be a(or several) national language and therefore ignore the founders intentions

 
jonjax71
Jun 17, 2011
1 convinced
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There has been several attempts to eliminate regional dialects to no avail by countries in the past, e.g Spain, USSR and China. Those attempts failed miserably and only alienated folks, not united them

 
jonjax71
Jun 17, 2011
1 convinced
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There is no language named Chinese, there are many dialects throughout China in addition to the national language

 
enzod1022
Jun 19, 2011
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Because our society wasn't as sensitive to the feelings of others as they are today. Yay feelings.

 
jonjax71
Jun 20, 2011
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Why learn two when you only need one?

That only dipslays the mypiic view of the world by united statesians, the only major country of thr world that doesn't encourage mulit-language skills. The more languages one knows, the better off they are



 
james67
Jun 23, 2011
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great

 


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