I Think English Should Be the Official Language of America

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    A Sore Spot With Me

    Everytime I go to the bank to use the ATM and I am ask to pick what language I would like to continue in; I get frustrated. This is America.  We speak English.  What happened to when someone wanted to become a citizen here they had to learn English. When the first...
    Grits4life Grits4life
    46-50, F
    6 Responses Aug 14, 2008

    American the land of the free

    and the home of the brave. But yes I think we should make English our official language People should still have the freedom to speak in any language they choose but I think English should be our official.
    LovelyDeadly LovelyDeadly
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 10, 2014

    It Just Makes Sense

    You've got a large country.  The country has a population of about 350 million.  This population of about 350 million is quite diverse, ethnically speaking.One language serves as the glue that, despite any other differences, binds us.   How can we expect to come to a...
    londdragon londdragon
    41-45, M
    Feb 16, 2011


    This thread somewhat shocks me.   Firstly, coming from Ireland, I was always taught that America was the land of the free and of opportunity, that people had a right to the freedom of their own cultures and expression thereof.  Because someone hates dialling one to...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Jul 25, 2008


    Then the English could enforce a few spelling rules and claim royalties.Win/Win.
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    Aug 4, 2012

    An Insult...

    I had an experience the other day, and I walked away from it feeling insulted. I applied for a job at a local auto parts store. Not a mom and pop place, but a national chain store. I was told simply that I wasn't qualified... now, over twenty years of experience as an auto...
    12BNude 12BNude
    46-50, M
    1 Response Oct 5, 2008

    Most Us-centric Group Ever.

    Last I looked, AMERICA was a CONTINENT. I don't give a rat's a$$ that you like to think that the name applies to your country. It DOESN'T! You wanna post a stupid lame-a$$ generalistic group like that? You say you think it should be the languane of the United States or...
    deleted deleted
    15 Responses May 5, 2010
    4biandu 4biandu
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 4, 2014

    Learn It; Or Get Out Of This Country

    I think all foreigners MUST learn to speak english, everyone else does so why do they get a free pass? Everything in America on labels is in spanish, I do not agree with that. If you are living in America, you must learn the rules of America. Everyone else has too and there is...
    revolution77 revolution77
    18-21, M
    10 Responses Mar 7, 2011

    Well just like Dennis Baron said.

    "Don't make English official, ban it instead." Nobody knows how to speak proper English alongside spell or read it. It gets chopped up with new made up words and slang like YOLO and swag. True English kind of died out back in 1066.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits
    22-25, M
    Oct 5, 2014

    If Living Here For A Length Of Time

    I feel English should be the official language in America. Nothing wrong with speaking another language,Many come to this country for opportunities. I was born and raised here and consider myself a proud American. Others not born here should learn to speak some English at least.
    parakeet8157 parakeet8157
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jul 18, 2012

    The Founder Of This Group Is A Douche Bag

    come on you gotta agree with that
    BboyFlex09 BboyFlex09
    18-21, M
    6 Responses May 3, 2010

    Actually I believe that American should be the

    official language. Since the language we speak is derived from nearly every country in the world. English is the biggest influence but French, Spanish, and so forth. I mean we celebrate the 4th of July. We use flags and fireworks, pretty cool. But we use trees in our homes that...
    say81 say81
    51-55, M
    1 Response Feb 11, 2014

    I Go to Country X As a Tourist, I Take a Guidebook and ,,,

    ...maybe have to stumble with the language, ask for help, and try my best. But if I move to country X, I LEARN THE LANGUAGE. This is pathetic that it even is an issue.  Of course many that claim not to understand English really do - remember that...  ...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 27, 2009

    Foreign Language Tv Should Be Banned For The Good Of All.

    We allow lazy non-English speakers to wallow in their ignorance by allowing foreign language TV to operate in the United States. It may sound like I'm being racists, hateful and cruel, but I'm not. Non-English speakers spend hours a day watching TV. If we allow them to just watch...
    TheGreenGringo TheGreenGringo
    18-21, M
    Oct 21, 2011

    I believe that it would help stop illegal

    immigrants from coming over here if we stopped printing things in Spanish and having so many options for in Spanish. The most used language in the US is English it only makes sense for it to be the official language. I mean other countries do that and force new residence to...
    akaJessicaJones akaJessicaJones
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

    We Speak English Here In America

    This one is a no brainer as english is the given language of america. Anybody that come's here from any other to live and enjoy a better life should show enough respect to learn our language. In fact it should be a required course in order it get citizenship here. If you are not...
    Robert1256 Robert1256
    51-55, M
    10 Responses Aug 20, 2010

    My Argument

    A lot of people who are racist or not tolerant of other cultures use this platform to advance their agenda. However, my reasoning for English being named the official language is actually very logical. 1. The laws of this land were written in English. If you don't know the...
    GuavaberryKisses GuavaberryKisses
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Dec 28, 2011

    It's Over

    Several weeks ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared to her party, and the rest of the country, that the great experiment with multi-culturism was over. In fact, she stated that it had failed miserably! Germany, like the rest of Europe had invited those from the rest of...
    HappyTexan HappyTexan
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 16, 2010

    For others coming to America,

    English is our official language and not your foreign language. English must be continued to be taught and used in our schools. If you want to use a foreign language then use it in your own home but not in school or in the work environment.
    talloldermom talloldermom
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Aug 9, 2014

    Americans Speak English

    Every country has their own spoken language. We may be the melting pot here in America.  I'm an American.  If you become a citizen of our country, please be respectful to America and speak our language.  
    WarriorMom WarriorMom
    51-55, F
    9 Responses Nov 7, 2008

    No. It shouldn't. There are lots of people from

    all over living here, and it not just english country it's spanish and Chinese and Russian and Hindu. It's all of them.
    blabweekly blabweekly
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Oct 5, 2014

    English Should Be the Official Language of America

    This is a sore spot for me too. All you people that want differant languages to prove we are diverse are costing a lot of people a lot of money and grief! I've been passed over time after time on really good jobs I otherwise qualify for because I can't speak nothing but...
    IPeeFreelyindenver IPeeFreelyindenver
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 16, 2008

    Liberals turning America into the new Rome

    On the radio they are saying that one fourth of all people in the US can be described as hispanic (WTF?) and are talking about how uneducated they are (_duh_, they are third world people with third world values bringing them into the US in mass numbers and then multiplying like...
    ILoveMarie ILoveMarie
    6 Responses Oct 8, 2011

    One of my parents was born overseas.

    When he came to America, he learned the language. If you want to come to our great country, the very least you can do is try to learn the native tongue. You are a guest in someone else's home, learn to speak the native language, and that doesn't mean you forget your own. Just be...
    TheRedTie TheRedTie
    31-35, M
    Jan 15, 2016

    What Changed?

    Our ancestors came to this country and were proud to be in America. They adopted our culture and language. They were proud to be Americans...so how did this come to change so drastically?...We don't go to other countries demanding they change their language to suit us...why do we...
    allycat419 allycat419
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 30, 2008

    How Sad, That This Group Exists.

    I will grant that America is not perfect; no country is.  But there is a reason why many people still wish to come here, and that is because of this country's history of welcoming others.  There was a time when more Spanish and French was spoken inside what is now the...
    EBunbury EBunbury
    46-50, M
    8 Responses Aug 15, 2008

    No, It Should Be German!

    England is England! Is America, England? I think not, so why should English be the national language? I know America isn't Germany but I was taught German in school too. Or why not Spanish or French because of Mexico and some parts of Canada? Or any of the Native American...
    wack1985 wack1985
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 9, 2011

    Doesn't Mean 'english Only'

    The year is 1907.....but the speaker knew what he was talking about. Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907. "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in...
    Josie06 Josie06
    56-60, F
    6 Responses Nov 24, 2008

    Yes without borders, language

    and culture we are doomed. Each immigrant group brings their own little something to America but we must blend in like a melting pot. Every group that came to America learned the English language and blended in. They did not demand things from the government. They were self...
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    1 Response Apr 8, 2014

    So given the question.

    If not English. Then which language?
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Oct 6, 2014

    Hey People, English IS Our Official Language

    It has always been that when you came to America you needed to learn to read and speak English. Why has that changed? Have the teaching agencies who are responsible for teaching these people the "OFFICAL" language got tired of teaching or have they just got lazy. I have nothing...
    Firewalker001 Firewalker001
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Jul 12, 2013

    So Says The Language Lover...

    I absolutely adore and love different languages... learning about them, the sounds, the writing. But here in the USA we are supposed to be diverse, yet united. What better way to have a united nation than to have an official language? English of course would be the top choice...
    Kaylynne337 Kaylynne337
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2011

    Who Is It For You To Decide What Language Should Be Official For America?

    Those of you who think that the english language should be what Americans speak oviousley are racist. if they havethere opwn way, woman wouldn't be able to vote and be bare feet and pregnant. The ones that have this idiology are nothing but right winged conservatives that think...
    redtailfree48 redtailfree48
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jun 3, 2012

    I Find This Kind Of Funny

    Being Canadian I find this kind of funny.  Making English the official language would strike me as a bit ridiculous. Anyone who can crack a book can find out that there a more Spanish speakers in the US then Anglophones.  Making a minority language your official...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Feb 26, 2010

    Take 2.

    I tried writing this story once before... Didn't really work. So, here's what I'm gonna do: I'm going to write my story and if you don't agree with my story, attack IT not ME. Okay? I am not a "**** ***** *** punk" because I think English should be the official...
    kleisse kleisse
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 6, 2008

    No I disagree! English Should Not Be The Only Official Language So Unless Your Related To These Guys Shut Up About It!

    I think it's a shame we only have one official language here in the US, while in other areas of the world, like europe people speak 2 or more languages!  We are a nation of immigrants, a melting pot..and saying there can only be one official language goes against this.   Also...
    SpiceZ SpiceZ
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Feb 16, 2013

    Me Too

    Hell yes ! If you don't want to speak english then go back to where ever you came from and speak that language.
    mustangsally1965 mustangsally1965
    61-65, M
    Jun 12, 2010

    Don't Push One

    All I care is when I dial an automated system on my telephone is, it should not say push one for English. English should be automatic, push for other languages!
    atti2ude atti2ude
    46-50, F
    11 Responses Jul 12, 2009

    Other Countries Have Their Native Language

    So what is the fuss so much about America having English as the official Language? Yet if I go to China I try to learn some chinese or even the Phillippines to learn their version of spanish. I think that if I was to live in that country for any length of time that you should...
    mtvlm mtvlm
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 28, 2009

    Speak English, Please.

    I hear the excuse that Americans should not have to speak English because English is not a native language to North America. How many of the Spanish-speaking Central-American nations require their citizens to speak Spanish? Contrary to popular belief, Spanish is NOT a native...
    KaBe22 KaBe22
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

    It's Been So Long...

    America includes North America, Central America, and South America. America is not a word exclusive to describing the United States, though it is often wrongly used as such. It is ignorant to want entire continents to speak the same language, especially English, for it wasn't...
    wonderlust wonderlust
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Feb 20, 2008


    I have nothing against people speaking a different language, I think its rather interesting, one day, I hope to learn to speak another language! I just believe, if you are coming to Live in the USA, you should at least learn how to speak english enough so others know what you are...
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    1 Response May 1, 2013
    SpontaneousRecoveryLovely SpontaneousRecoveryLovely
    22-25, M
    Aug 10, 2015
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