Should English Be the National Language of the Us

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In the beginning, this country was a melting pot. Many different people, from many different countries, of many different ethnic groups, speaking in many different tongues came to America. English arose as the predominant language of the United States. Over time, people realized the importance of staying in touch with their cultural backgrounds, including the language of their native countries. The main problem presented now lies in communication and interaction with each other. It is obvious that miscommunication causes problems. An "English Only" law will unite Americans and give them all a common ground on which to communicate. It will diminish racial conflicts, as well as encourage immigrants to become involved in the U.S. society and become successful. It will also improve the efficiency of government operations. Declaring English as the official language of the United States will resolve current issues and prevent problems in the future. The biggest and most obvious problem with speaking many different languages in one united country is communication. Many immigrants do not learn English at all. In fact, 213 different languages are spoken in the United States, and approximately 10 million U.S. residents do not speak fluent English ("English Only" 3). Some immigrants gradually pick up the language, but do not learn enough to bridge the communication gaps between themselves and the government. Even everyday communication creates tension. For example, I live in Immokalee which is mostly a Hispanic town, and when I go to the local gas station and ask for help, most of the employees do not understand whct I'm asking of them. The hired employees have trouble understanding what I'm trying to ask for and I have trouble understanding them when they try to help me out. It is a very frustrating situation for both the employee and I. Another example is when I worked at ACE Hardware in LaBelle. Migrant workers would come in and try to buy something but I...
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