English as an Official Language of the United States

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English as an Official Language of the United States
Sheila Maloney
ENG 122 English Compositions II
Leonid Chernyak
April 27, 2012

English as an Official Language of the United States
The United States of America is almost 236 years old yet we do not have an official language. Should we designate an official language for our nation? The US is traditionally thought of as an English speaking country and our official language should reflect that tradition. When we think of Japan, we do not think the citizens will be speaking Russian. When we think about Germany, it is normal to think the German people will speak German. This issue has created a split in the public opinion; however, this researcher believes that the country will benefit by designating an official language. There are many views on this topic by both US citizens and illegal immigrants. The implications of making a decision to designate a language are far reaching for individual states and the nation as a whole. This research paper will cover the financial aspects of declaring an official language, the choice of what language should be the official language of the US, and the history of designating a language for the United States.
This researcher discovered that because we do not have an officially designated language, there are many problems for this country. This country is made up of many people from many cultures that immigrate to it. These cultures speak many different languages, but per the latest census information obtained from American Community Survey (2007 pg 1) “of people 5 years and older %80 of these speak English.” However, how well do they speak English is an important question? Another statistic (US Census 2010) states “the number of Americans who speak English "not at all" jumped from 1.22 million in 1980 to 3.37 million in 2000, a 176 percent increase over 20…...

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