Tuesday, November 6, 2007

English: Should it be the official language?

There are movements around the United States to make English the official language where any government business can only be done in English (e.g., getting a driver's license). This could spread to the workplace or other situations. However, do such laws help foster unity within a society---a sign of patriotism, or do the become a divisive issue. What do you think?

Randall

3 comments:

  1. I simple consider language as a tool for communicating function in a society. The more people use, the better convenience the language is. Some politicians take advantages from utilizing language for their political purpose. For example, in Taiwan, politicians tell people that they should speak certain language to prove their Taiwanese identity, and to show their loyalty toward Taiwan. They say “If you love Taiwan, you should speak certain kind of language, you don’t speak Mandarin for its belongs to our enemy—Main land China. It’s kind of sad that some people fool others with this ridiculous reason. Again, language shouldn’t be built into any awkward function. It’s just a tool for communication. Musiccat, Taiwan

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  2. HI EVERY BODY I PERSONALLY THINK THAT ENGLISH COULD BE OFFICIAL BECAUSE IT'S FIRST LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD MOST LIKE LANGUAGE I THINK YES

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  3. I think that every country should have an official language, which could be used in every formal situation. And other languages could coexist with it. Both the citizens of the country and potential tourists could take advantange of it. In other words, they wouldn't have to learn more than one language to communicate with each other.
    Here in Brazil Portuguese is our official language. It's spoken all over the country. In fact, no other languages are spoken in daily communication.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall