should english be the official language in the USA?

United States
November 15, 2006 9:43am CST
more and more i am hearing of cities passing laws that make english the official language. do you think this is right? should we declare that the official language in the United States is english?
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@starr4all (2865)
15 Nov 06
I always thought it was. If it isn't, then it should be made to be.
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• United States
15 Nov 06
i agree, thanks for responding
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@rohit89 (1971)
• India
15 Nov 06
is english not official language of usa :-s if no then it shld be the official language
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• United States
16 Nov 06
well, its not stated in a law somewhere, but i think it needs to be in light of all the recent events here.
@swirlczuk (104)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I know what you mean because in some states you have to be able to speak spanish and english to work at gas stations. But I think we should keep it English that's our language. It's like say you move to Italy- you can't expect everyone to know Englih just because that is your native language- you will have to learn Italian if you want to live there. every country has their own universal language and that's how it is it doesn't mean you can move there you'll just have to learn the language.
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• United States
15 Nov 06
well said, thanks for your comments
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• United States
15 Nov 06
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I agree, If we went to another country we would be expected to learn the language, period. I think there already is alot of help offered in spanish.
• United States
15 Nov 06
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• United States
15 Nov 06
Yes, and it is the language of the USA
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• United States
16 Nov 06
thanks for your comment
@cyfernet (2796)
• India
15 Nov 06
they speak only one language..... so why the official thing?
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• United States
16 Nov 06
actually, a lot of immigrants feel that spanish should be the dual language in the states
@macubx (11433)
• Philippines
15 Nov 06
i thought its already the official language...
• United States
15 Nov 06
well, apparently, since that was never placed into law, many immigrants question that, and believe that both english and spanish should be spoken everywhere. recently, some even pushed to have a spanish version of our national anthem, which was quickly struck down by our lawmakers.
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
15 Nov 06
me myself think that yes it should be the official language. that is just me though. i know that many people may not agree with that but thats what i think.
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• United States
15 Nov 06
i think you might be surprised with how many people do agree with you. i certainly do. thanks for your response
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15 Nov 06
I always thought that the official language of the USA was English. When did that change? What are you talking about?
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• United States
15 Nov 06
most Americans did too, but recently, immigrants, mostly of hispanic descent have "demanded" that businesses offer their services or products in spanish. now a lot of american cities are passing laws saying that english is the official language, therefore preventing these situations. there are even employers here now who state that speaking spanish is a requirement of their job. these laws will prevent things like that, as well as punish those who employ, house or protect people who are in this country illegally.
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@blilley7 (196)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Yes, English should be toe official language of the USA. Both of my mother's parents moved to the US from Europe, and both made learning the English language a priority. They did not expect to be given anything, just worked hard to make living for their family.
• United States
16 Nov 06
i think everyone should make it a priority. your parents are the epitomy of what the US is all about. this country was built on immigrants, who all worked very hard to make this country what it is today, and for people to come here now and think that they are entitled to citizenship or certain rights and benefits simply because they are here is ridiculous.
@blilley7 (196)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I agree. America has many problems, and yet our freedom, our love of life brings many more to our shores, looking and searching for a better life.
• United States
16 Nov 06
It's the language of the natives and of the government so yes it should be.
• United States
16 Nov 06
thanks for the response
@BrendaA (365)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Yes I agree. If I went to another country I would be expected to learn their language
• United States
16 Nov 06
exactly. thanks
@gnt23tr (1015)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Defenitely.
• United States
16 Nov 06
thanks for the response
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I never thought so before, but now I think yes, we need a law to state that English is our official language.
• United States
16 Nov 06
i agree, thanks for your comment
@MercyGurL (112)
• United States
15 Nov 06
YES!
• United States
16 Nov 06
thanks for your response
@Hemant83 (1282)
• India
15 Nov 06
No. Never. I think the language should be nationwide. We must use the national language to make laws. Because every citizen must know and can read it.
• United States
16 Nov 06
actually, thats not entirely true. you can now take the US citizenship test in other languages, which i dont believe should be allowed. so many products are labeled with both english and spanish now in stores, and so much more i could go into. this nation was founded on the english language and should remain that way. thanks for your response
@FraYFaN09 (1560)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I think that English should be our official language b/c it's the language our country was founded on but I don't think that the other languages of the world should be less important in America....
• United States
16 Nov 06
i dont believe that anyone should be required to speak another language here though. if i went to a different country to live, i certainly wouldn't expect them to speak english, simply because i do. thanks for your comment
@desideria (371)
• Romania
15 Nov 06
they should better pass a law where the imigrants have to speak english in order to get jobs.
• United States
16 Nov 06
i agree, if you want to become an American citizen, you should first be able to speak our language fluently. but that is why we are seeing so much opposition to making english the official language here. people dont want to have to learn it, they feel we should cater to them.