There are many reasons to learn another language, but the best one of all is to speak with your fellow citizens intelligently about the things that matter most to our nation. 27 of our 50 States have legalized English as their primary language, but of those, 2 states have found such legalization to be unconstitutional (Alaska and Arizona). Hawaii has two official languages. Less than half of our nation, officially, speaks English. That said, 82% of America speaks English, 12% speaks Spanish, and 6% speak another language entirely, likely French, Dutch, German, or Italian. We are a nation of immigrants, and it has been our national tradition to welcome strangers as our friends, accommodating them with their language and culture. This has made America strong in the past, and is a key to our future success. American English has begun to diverge from other languages as it incorporates influences from German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and other languages. To require the King’s English at home would be a sharp change to many self-proclaimed “English” speakers. When the barriers of language are put aside, we learn that we have more in common than we thought.
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10 May · Tue 2011
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