May 26, 2012
Language provides people with the ability to communicate within this world of different dialect cultures, and within this world of business. Language allows us to attach meanings to certain things and to attach symbols to concepts. Without language, we wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other and would not have a shared understanding of important concepts. For some people, language is the most significant factor when forming their personal identity. Because language has such a big impact on human interaction, I believe the United States should require people to learn and speak English before they can attain citizenship. Knowledge of the primary language spoken in a country is a necessary skill in order to integrate and become a contributing citizen of that country. For that reason, I think it would be a good idea to require people to learn English before obtaining US citizenship. I work in retail and it is extremely difficult to assist a customer that doesn’t speak English. My company is very fortunate to have associates that are bilingual. These associates are able to communicate back to these customers who don’t speak English. If it wasn’t for my co-workers that do speak two or more languages, I would not be able to serve these customers and would technically have to deny them of service. The issue of not speaking good English can cause many problems. The author Amy Tan explains to us how her mother has yet to perfect the English language. Tan and her mother encounter many problems because her mother can’t communicate well in English. People in business environments did not take her mother seriously, did not give her good service, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her speaking. Unfortunately, not every business has associates that are bilingual. This is when workers get frustrated with people like Tan’s mother who can’t speak English. The United States...
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