English as Official Language of Oklahoma
The English language is originated from the German language, which has its roots from England. The English language became known after the translation of the Bible by Luther from Latin into German. After that, during the reign of James the First of England in 1611 appeared the first version of the Bible in English called the Bible of King James (King James Version).The translation of the Bible has had a decisive influence on English literature and the English language as a whole. Today, English has become one of the most spoken languages in the world, and is ranked as the second most spoken Language. Considered as an international language, it is the most learned and studied language throughout the world. Regarding the importance of this language, Oklahoma’s law prohibits the use of languages other than English in driver’s licenses and other government documents. Accordingly, I argue that English should be the official language of Oklahoma, while bilingual ballots should be eliminated. I also think bilingual education should be applied in Oklahoma public schools not as substitute to English but as an option. I think English should be the official language of Oklahoma. As Hailey Branson could say, for people to succeed in this country, they need to perfectly master the language. I support his view because it is a true fact that international trade is done in English, all scientific articles are in English, and everything related to technology are done through English, so whether we like it or not, English happens to be the language that the world has chosen for international communication. I, therefore, see no reason why a country to be known as an English speaking country should speak anything other than what other nations see to be the most important language in the world. A survey from Sue Purcell “How many people speak English?” shows that about a billion people speak English as a foreign language, just like what...
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