English is the official language of 53 countries, including ireland, canada, south africa, jamaica, and new zealand, and is the de facto language of the united states, australia and the united kingdom it also has large speaking populations in several african and oceanian countries, and is a “subsidiary official language” in india. It is the mostly widely spoken second language in the world and an official language of the united nations, the european union, and many other international organizations and businesses english is spoken as the primary language in many countries around the world, with the core of traditional english-speaking states often referred to as the. English should be declared the official language of the united states the united states is made up of many diverse peoples with origins from all over the world despite this, they have traditionally been able to come together and become american.
In 1990, ej hobsbawm labeled a movement to declare english the official language of the united states “absurd” and wrote: “ the idea that the supremacy of english in the usa is, or is likely to be, in jeopardy, is political paranoia”1 the absurdity of such a notion notwithstanding, the english-only movement gained momentum in the. English-only laws laws that seek to establish english as the official language of the united states the movement to make english the official language of the united states gained momentum at both the state and federal levels in the mid 1990s. A june 2010 harris interactive poll, commissioned by us english, found that 88 percent of respondents believe that english should be declared the official language of the united states.
The people’s republic of china (prc) is home to nearly 300 individual living languages and it is also home to one of the strictest monolingual language policies in the world. The bill proposing to make english as the official language of america is supported by a majority of voters, but oddly enough, it has consistently failed to pass the legislative process this may be a testament to the true function of the government, and that is to protect the rights of all people. Activity within the official english movement on a state level is constant and widespread to date, 31 states recognize english as the official language, and the remaining 19 are slowly following. New york, april 13, 2013 — the united states, contrary to popular belief, has no official language federal legislators have proposed laws to make english the official business language of the. Why english is not the official language of the united states by bernie reeves language is a mystery that has baffled science and religion since the first recorded utterance of upright man.
English is not the official language of the united states of america in fact, the us has no official language, at least on the federal level one would think that english, which is undoubtedly the lingua franca of business and global politics today, is by default the most powerful nation's official language. The percentage of people in the united states speaking a language other than english at home in 2012 varies from state to state the state with the highest percentage of population speaking a. Although english is the most commonly spoken language in the united states, and although several individual states have established english as their official language, the united states has not. English is not the official language of the united states though several states across the nation have adopted legislation establishing english as their official language, no such legislation has.
Royals spoke french, majority of people had little education so still spoke english what was the statue of pleading in 1362 parliament changed the official language of britain back to english. Half the countries of the world have an official language the united states isn't one of them the debate over whether we need an official tongue dates back at least to the 1750s. English is a west germanic language which is the dominant language in the united kingdom, the united states, many commonwealth nations including australia, canada, new zealand and other former british colonies.
The united states is often referred to as a melting pot of cultures and nationalities former president jimmy carter famously characterized it in a slightly different way “we become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic,” the former president said “different people, different beliefs. The united states is now the it estimates that 21 million people are currently studying spanish and here, too, the us leads with 78 million learning the language, followed by brazil and. Most people in the united states speak english and most governmental functions are in english the bureau collects data on language use to know what languages to use, and where, to get information to people about public health, voting, and safety. Alongside this idea, we shouldn’t expect people to forget their native language nor their native customs as a spanish major and a student traveling abroad, i’ve learned that languages and cultures are a beautiful pair married in people’s lives we cannot disconnect the two.
Rosalie porter, who came to the united states from italy as a child and is now the chairwoman of an organization seeking to end bilingual education and declare english the official language of the. Hispanics in the united states break down into three groups when it comes to their use of language: 36% are bilingual, 25% mainly use english and 38% mainly use spanish among those who speak english, 59% are bilingual. The united kingdom, the united states, australia and new zealand, where the overwhelming majority of native english speakers reside, do not have english as an official language de jure, but english is considered to be their de facto official language due to its dominant position in these countries. A position supported by us english, a citizens action group that is seeking to have english declared the official language of the united states by congress.