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Should the US adopt Spanish as a Second Language?

November 27, 2009 6 Comments »

Spanish is the second most-common language in the United States. There are 45 million who speak , making it the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking community. German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Greek are also spoken among older generations of immigrants. Also spoken are Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. And let’s not forget that there is also a small population of Native Americans who still speak their native languages.

However, it may surprise you to learn that the United States does not have an official language, even though the majority of the population speaks English. According to an ACLU briefing paper, the proposal was “rejected as undemocratic and a threat to individual liberty” by the Continental Congress. Needless to say, the proposal of any official language in the United States is simply out of the questions.


6 Responses to “Should the US adopt Spanish as a Second Language?”

  • Commented on November 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Wouldn’t be more important to try and revive the vulnerable-vital endangered Amerindian languages in the U.S.?

    List of languages:
    Central Alaskan Yupik (2)
    Central Alaskan Yupik (Nuniak Island)
    Choctaw (Louisiana)
    Choctaw (Mississipi)
    Choctaw (Oklahoma)
    Hopi
    Hualapai
    Jemez
    Mikasuki
    Navajo
    Picuris
    Sioux
    Upland Yuman
    Zuni

    List provided by Unesco: http://bit.ly/hDqLI

    U.S. has a big population of natives who speak these languages.
    These are inhabitants living in the continent before the European settlements.

    When a language dies, a whole culture dies within.

    http://www.artofwordsbiz.wordpress.com

  • Commented on November 27, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Wouldn’t be more important to try and revive the vulnerable-vital endangered Amerindian languages in the U.S.?

    List of languages:
    Central Alaskan Yupik (2)
    Central Alaskan Yupik (Nuniak Island)
    Choctaw (Louisiana)
    Choctaw (Mississipi)
    Choctaw (Oklahoma)
    Hopi
    Hualapai
    Jemez
    Mikasuki
    Navajo
    Picuris
    Sioux
    Upland Yuman
    Zuni

    List provided by Unesco: http://bit.ly/hDqLI

    U.S. has a big population of natives who speak these languages.
    These are inhabitants living in the continent before the European settlements.

    When a language dies, a whole culture dies within.

    http://www.artofwordsbiz.wordpress.com

  • michelleb
    Commented on November 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    My intention in writing this blog has never been to belittle the importance of other languages, but rather to highlight what is most relevant to the Spanish Language. Best regards. michelleb

  • michelleb
    Commented on November 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    My intention in writing this blog has never been to belittle the importance of other languages, but rather to highlight what is most relevant to the Spanish Language. Best regards. michelleb

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