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I Think English Should Be the Official Language of America

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 26-30, F 9 Responses Feb 20, 2008

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    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

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    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 26-30 2 Responses Mar 27, 2009

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    Its All For a Reason

    Before you know it English will be sitting backseat to Spanish in America. It's bulls***t and takes away some of what  separates America from Mexico. It's just the beginning of the third world order.    
    selfish selfish 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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    Yes!

    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 1, 2013

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 9, 2011

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    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

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    OMG

    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 26-30 10 Responses Jul 25, 2008

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    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 36-40 7 Responses Oct 8, 2011

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 4 Responses Apr 8

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    Speak English Please

    Every country has their own official language.  For example:  If I visited or lived in France, I would be expected to learn some french so I could communicate with people. Many people learn different languages, so they can communicate with others, who live in different...
    PeedeeDog PeedeeDog 12919 2 Responses Sep 1, 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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 13 Responses Aug 20, 2010

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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

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    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 26-30 7 Responses Feb 26, 2010

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    Yes

        i believe that english should be the official language of the u.s.   if you are trying to learn then i have no problem with someone who is trying to learn and  pay's there taxes .  if you don't even try then i have a problem with you ?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    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 1 Response Jun 12, 2010

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    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...
    AllTimeJessica AllTimeJessica 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    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 26-30 18 Responses May 5, 2010

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    English Is the U S A's First Language, Why Do I Have to Know Your Native Language Just to Purchase Something?

    I have had many instances where if I knew several other languages I would've been able to communicate with a non-english speaking person while trying to live my life in the US. The problem is why do I have to be fluent in Spanish (& all the different dialects), Vietnamese...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique 46-50 8 Responses Sep 29, 2009

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    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

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    Dues

    Then the English could enforce a few spelling rules and claim royalties.Win/Win.
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Aug 4, 2012

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    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 12 Responses Mar 7, 2011

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    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 5 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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    Learn The Language

    here's a thought, if you want to live here, learn the damn language!!!!  Why should I have to push a number to speak English.  It's ridiculous!!!  I am not from this country, English is not my first language, but since I live here, I speak it (very well I think...
    natashamarie natashamarie 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 26, 2010

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    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

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    The Founder Of This Group Is A Douche Bag

    come on you gotta agree with that
    BboyFlex09 BboyFlex09 18-21, M 8 Responses May 3, 2010

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    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 2 Responses Jul 18, 2012

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    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

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    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 5 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    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 4 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    Just a Thought

     I spent a few years in Europe.  I always tried to learn enough of the language of the country I was working in.  There are a couple other things I found very interesting.  It seems the international language, is English. If you are an airplane pilot, you are...
    Rachael74 Rachael74 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 13, 2009

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    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

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    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 5 Responses Jul 12, 2013

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