George lost his son in the roaring crowd of people in New York City. He is new citizen in the U.S from Germany. He has no understanding of English. He’s pushing against the wave of people as he screams in German. He can’t get any help because no one understands him. In In Plain English: Making it Official by Charles Krauthammer, he shares “Growing up (as I did) in the province of Quebec, you learn not just the joys but also the perils of bilingualism,” (Krauthammer 2).
Here he explains that having a country that knows more than one language can be very harsh to live in. The United States has no official language, but most Americans believe that English should be the national language because it unifies the country, saves money, and it’s a step to establishing norms. The United States needs to have English as its national language because it will make the country more unified. If English becomes the countries national language it would mean everyone has to have a proficiency of English to be a citizen.
There would be less confusion and would bring more people together. In English Should Be Official U.S. Tongue by John Hughes, he states “A common language has been the glue binding this diversity into unity,”(Hughes 1).
This shows that having a common language will bring together people who speak many other languages together. In the voting booth they won’t have to have other languages they will just narrow it down to English. In English Should Be Official U.S. Tongue by John Hughes, he states “The English language has been a powerful factor against fragmentation in America,” (Hughes 2).
The explains that the language has fought against separation in this country. The country will be brought together if English becomes the U.S. national language. Making English the U.S.’s national language will help it establish norms. In In PLain English: Making it Official by Charles Krauthammer, he states “English is the U.
S.’s national and common language. But that may change over time unless we change our assimilation norms,”(Krauthammer 1). The truth is, America is very multilingual. For example, if you randomly picked two people the chance that they’d speak two different languages is over 35%. The number of different languages spoken in America is also remarkable. In New York City alone there may be speakers of as many as 800 different languages, which would make it one of the most linguistically-diverse places in the world. Making English the official language is the first step toward establishing norms.
All immigrants have the right to speak their native language, but need to understand that when they come to America they swear allegiance, in English. People who are for making English the official language argue that providing government documents and translators for hundreds of languages is very costly. Making English an official language will address the issue, saving the government and the American people lots of money.
Making English the official language would encourage new migrants to learn the language of the country. The end goal is to unite the American people, while improving the lives of immigrants. An important point is an official English language would save billions in federal spending. The direct cost of translators and bilingual education alone are billions. Getting rid of translations and interpreters for standard government services also would encourage immigrants to learn English. This would not only save the government money in the short run, it would help immigrants to become self-sufficient by improving their job skills and raising their income.
For example, in Los Angeles in 2002, $15 million was devoted to printing ballots in seven languages and hiring bilingual poll workers. Los Angeles county hires over 400 full-time court interpreters at a cost of $265 per day. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimated the cost of providing language assistance services was as much as $1 to $2 billion annually. English is not our official language now, and that means government has to provide services in dozens of languages to accommodate a non-English-speaking population which is a cost to the American people.While many people believe that English should be the official language, others feel strongly that it should not be the official language. People believe that it would be against what the U.S. stands for, but most people in this country already speak English.
In English Should Be Official U.S. Tongue by John Hughes, he states “Making English the official language is an attack on people’s freedom to speak any language they please,”(Hughes 1). Some people also think that it may be racist.
In In Plain English: Making it Official by Charles Krauthammer, he states “that the Senate could not bring itself to declare English the country’s official language it did declare English the national language and Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid called this resolution racist.”(Krauthammer 1). This shows that the Senate could not vote on English being the official language because it seems racist to force someone to learn a different language.English should be the official language of the United States because it unifies the country, saves money, and it’s a step to establishing norms. Making English the official language of the U.S. will help everyone out in the long run by forcing people to learn the language.
This would help create a country with better communication and more opportunities. If English becomes the official language it will make it so kids like Charles growing up won’t have to experience asocial arrest and threats of separation.