should america be bilingual?

United States
November 6, 2009 6:50pm CST
America is a melting pot of thousands of cultures, and a huge mixture of everyone's experience. Still, in some schools, kids don't start learning foreign lanugages until later in their education. I think that they should start learning a second or third language as soon as possible. It would increase chances for communication amongst members of different cultures. It would be easier to get a job, and its just good to know how to speak more than one language. Do you think america should be bilingual? why or why not?
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@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I rather object to making the country bi-lingual. My grandparents came from eastern Europe and had to learn English. I know my grandmother went to night school to learn English and become a citizen. Besides if you make spanish the second language, what does that do for other other nationalities. I think we should be tolerant of people from other nationalities and speaking other languages, but I feel they should learn to speak English. They came to the country for a better life and, hopefully, to be Americans. Learning English should be part of the package. Not learning English suggests that a person does not want to be American. Learning a second language is a great idea, as is learning about diffeent cultures. But as you say America is a melting pot and people who refuse to learn English are not blending in.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I agree with you that we should not be bi-lingual. I believe that people coming here for a better life should learn English if they are going to live here. There are so many different nationalities that live in America that it would be hard to decide which one we should choose as our second language.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
7 Nov 09
In some ways i would make sense to learn Spanish, becaus there are so many Spanish speakers in the country and the world. However, if you go into science, such as chemistry, much of the scientific literature is written in German. Russian might also be a good language for science. For some people who go into the ministry, as my former college roommate, they might feel that Greek is good to learn because the Greek was one of the early languages for Bible texts and some Bible scholars feel that some of true meaning has been lost by translation to other languages. (And if you go on vacation to Quebec, there are areas where they discriminate against you if you don't speak French.) That said again, I think learning a second language is a good idea, but it shouldn't be arbitrarily be Spanish.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I think as well that it would be a great idea to learn another language. Because it'll give you more job opportunities. I think now alot of companies are looking to hire people that speak more than one language. Just for the fact that they may have clients or customers that don't know English. Also, I just think that it would be a good idea to learn a new language just in case you were to run into another person that doesn't speak English. Or maybe even if you were to travel to another country, then it would be good to know another language, to that country so you know how to get around in that country and how to communicate to the people that live in other countries. I think that it would be really nice that kids learn languages at a young age. I am trying to learn a new language now, but I am out of school. Why not start off our kids at a young age in learning a language and have them learn it the older they get. I know when I was in highschool, that is when I started taking Spanish classes, and that was only for two years. Two years really isn't much. I think it should be more than that.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
It is a great idea I think here in the Philippines people here are multi-lingual aside from our own language which is Filipino we can speak and understand English and we can speak some of the dialects here. I agree with you it gives you so much opportunities if you know some other languages because some foreign companies doesn't speak English that much.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
22 Feb 11
Yes, I do think America should be technically bilingual.. since we all are anyway here. If I ever get kids, I would put them in those schools that teach in Spanish from at an early age so that they can learn Spanish as early as possible. I think language is very important.
@maximax8 (27048)
29 Dec 09
I have visited America three times. I have traveled to California and Hawaii. I think that almost all American people speak English. Some American people come from Mexico and so they speak Spanish or they were born to Spanish speaker. I think that is is lovely when foreign languages are spoken. Thinking about the location of the USA Spanish would be a useful language. Spanish is spoken in parts of Central America and South America. In a small part of Canada thee are French speakers. So French would be a helpful language for Americans. I think learning another language would be helpful for working. Japanese would be an excellent language for Americans to master. It would increase the enjoyment of traveling to Europe if Americans know languages like German and Italian. Everything is to gain if American learn languages.
@adudei (1)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I think forcing spanish on the american people is a crime ,plain wrong and asking for trouble. If you want to be a true American speak the language of this country just as every imagrant that came before you. How many of the "latinos" are even legal? By tring to force a foreign language on us you are seperating not including.If I went to become a citizen of a differnt I'd learn their language and not be so arrogant as to think they should learn mine.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I personally think it's fine just the way it is. If kids start learning other languages early, then they will get confused and won't even learn English well. I think it would be best if students became solid in English first, then start learning a foreign language. At our school, kids typically start learning a foreign language 7th or 8th grade. I think that's just the right time. That's when kids know how to read and write English at an exceptional level, and can start moving on to learn other languages.
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
7 Nov 09
In one word: NO! English is our primary language, and anyone who wants to become a citizen (LEGAL citizen, to be precise) should be required to learn English. I get so aggravated when I see instructions for some product, and they're printed in not only English, but Spanish, French, German, and who knows how many other languages they have. If people want to live here, then English lessons should be mandatory, otherwise, no dice.
• Netherlands
7 Nov 09
America is already bilingual. So I dont think that there is anything that can be done with respect to anyone having a say in this. It is also not a problem, it is what America is all about. Different people, cultures coming together. That is what is so great about America!!
@laglen (19783)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I think it is great to learn other languages. But America being bi-lingual is a bad idea. English is the business language. It is spoken virtually everywhere. I do not think it should e required to learn a second language. I really think that people coming to America should put forth that effort. I traveled to France and Spain and sufficiently butchered their language. But atleast I tries and I did not expect anybody to speak my language. It is just common sense. But I do think the languages in schools should be taughht at a younger age, it is easier to learn.
@The1one1 (105)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
7 Nov 09
No, no way it should be bilingual, it would create thousands of problems, i needn't start to talk about that. I am don't mean to be rude but this is a stupid question.
@zzh728 (68)
• China
7 Nov 09
I think America should be bilingual. For example, China will become the most important country. And all Children in China must learn English. The Chinese have been bilingual.
@lindiebiz (1014)
• Canada
7 Nov 09
I dont agree which language will they adopt as thier second language, because if they pick one language, a group will protest when they see that it does not favour them. I think the desire to learn another language should be by choice. Everyone knows America is an english speaking country and if you want to go there you should be able to speak english
@wlee9696 (596)
• United States
7 Nov 09
No America should not be bilingual. America is a melting pot so we need to melt into one language. English. I encourage children to learn a second language but it should be their own choice. We do not need a bilingual country. Our country is divided enough as it is, we need to come together. One sure way to assist in that goal is for everyone to use the same language.
• United States
7 Nov 09
America is bilingual. Offically no, statistically yes. some people who live in american don't even speak english, in certain areas that are populated by certain nationallities there are signs in stores and on the street in that nationallities laguage.it would be benificial for people to lean a second language for the purpose of getting jobs. I think america should be biligual just because of all the nationalities that live here. but the problem is not the languges but the sentament that "americans" feel toward other nationalities, forgetting altogether that this land was bacically stolen from it original owners. So yes i think america should be bilingual. Why? becase it multi-cultural, more so than any other country. and it would help relations between people in america who don't look and talk the same, if you get what i mean.
• United States
7 Nov 09
A second language may sound appealing, but that brings into questions... which language? This would undoubtedly be Spanish... but what does that solve? As a melting pot, we can only have a single, universal language. Otherwise we are not being equal to all other nationalities. I highly recommend individuals to learn a second language, if not a third or fourth. Perhaps some of our country's ignorance could be cut down if we were more willing to accept other languages. However, I believe that as a whole, adding a second language would only bring about confusion and inequality.