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Debate Score:74
Arguments:42
Total Votes:91
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Should English be made the official language of The United States?

English

Yes!

Side Score: 38
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No!

Side Score: 36
4 points

It should, and here's why:

English rose to prominence as the international language of trade because of the British Empire. It still is the most spoken first or second language around the world. It is also the most spoken language in the United States. As a practical matter, it should be made the legal language of the United States. If a non-English speaker wants to immigrate here, it would be prudent for him to learn English so that he can communicate with us, just as with an English speaker who wants to move to Russia.

It would be prudent to learn Russian.

| Side: Yes!
2 points

Yes but given its proximity to Mexico I think Spanish should be also an official language as well. Doesn't mean people have to learn it, but it includes the foreigners who have come over to make America their home as well.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Yes! America needs to have an official language like most other countries and it should be English!

| Side: Yes!
imrigone(767) Disputed
5 points

While I do agree that English would be the obvious choice, why do we need an official language anyway? We've gotten along just fine without one, and our society and government operates as if English is in that position anyway. But the actual process of making it official would probably end up costing millions anyway, so why bother mandating it? What advantages are we missing out on? (and I'm not being sarcastic, I legitimately cannot think of any benefit we would get out of it.)

| Side: No!
Hellno(16486) Disputed
3 points

Well, we would save money by making it official because we wouldn't have to supply so many things that we do now be written in other languages, in particular Spanish.

It's not a big issue with me, but it IS a fact tha most countries have an official language... we don't.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

yes because morre people no english...and then we would have to learn a new language just to order a big mac at mcdonalds!!!

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Well hell, I thought that it was... Everyone who is born here is raised to speak English as a first language, all other languages are secondary.

| Side: Yes!
Hellno(16486) Disputed
1 point

Almost every country in the world has an official language... the United States does not.

| Side: No!
Liddy(36) Disputed
1 point

Umm, yeah, I get that, which is why I think we should have an official language, English.. wtf is your point?

| Side: Yes!
garry77777(1794) Disputed
0 points

You would if your anecestors didtn massacre the native Americans.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

The U.S can't be asked to invent their own language, which is perfectly ok, what I don't want is them stealing ours and claiming it to be a new american dialect.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Why is this even a debate? People who don't know English, the first language of America, are coming over here to live. If you're going to live here, you might as well speak the main language.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Well Since people that do business with the US in China speak English ,, hmmmm might be a good thing.. go figure

| Side: Yes!

English is the language of the US whether its made officialm or not, thats immaterial.

| Side: Yes!

Our history is that we were an English colony, the majority of the population speaks English, and people from other countries already recognize our language to be English, am I missing something? I'm all for knowing more than one language, but English is the dominant language here without a doubt.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Yes because English already dominates the world as the language of the internet, of commerce and of science..it's the most common second language in the world already...

It's already the default language of the USA anyway so what's the problem?

As an Englishman my only gripe is the US should try to adopt proper English but I think more Americans have trouble understanding British and International English than the other way around hehe.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Yes English should be made the official language of the United States of America. There have been several proposals to make English the national language in amendments to immigration reform bills, but none of these bills has become law. I think now the time has come to adopt English as a national language.

Supporting Evidence: Learn English (www.englishleap.com)
| Side: Yes!
0 points

Well...

1.) English is the most commonly spoken language in the United States of America, if you don't speak it you'll have to learn it anyways. So it makes sense to have a national language that most people can understand.

2.) Cost: It would be cheaper to just produce all Federal documents in English only, not our fault if they can't read it. They should've learned.

3.) Follow by example: Plenty of states have done it, so why not the federal government?

4.) Patriotism: What message do we send across if we don't even agree to have the most pure, godly, capitalistic, scientific language as our national language? A bad one, it shows we don't care about the majorities concerns and wants.

| Side: Yes!
-1 points

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| Side: Yes!
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2 points

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| Side: No!
2 points

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| Side: No!
3 points

There is no De Jure national language in the federal government of the United States for a couple reasons.

1.) Flexibility, you never know when there will be more speakers of one language than English one day. Spanish is already spoken by a significant minority of the US population, that number is growing. It likely won't take over English as the dominate language any time soon; you can't ever know either.

2.) Openness and Freedom: It shows that the US federal government is open to all languages of the world, this is good for propaganda reasons at the very least. It shows that we are accepting of people of all nationalities, not just those with an English language background.

3.) Federal law applies to the entire nation, thus it is better to have no national language in areas that other languages are very common. Examples are New Mexico (a US state, some people know this, some don't), Southern California, or Louisiana (French).

| Side: No!
2 points

I feel like making english the national language we will lose some of the diversity. Everything will have to be written in english so places like little italy and china town would just lose its authenticity.

Why would a country based on free speech force a language on somebody?

It's okay to say whatever you want, as long as its in english?

| Side: No!
AltonSmith(108) Disputed
1 point

As a practical matter English is already the most commonly spoken first or second language in the world. Just as an English speaker would learn Chinese before moving to China, someone moving to the US would logically have to do do to communicate. Therefore, it is a simple matter to pass a law to ensure that we all communicate in a way that we can understand (English).

| Side: Yes!
casper3912(1560) Disputed
1 point

I don't think its the government's job to ensure we communicate in a way everyone can understand.

I also don't see why its important. If some people in little Mexico only knows Spanish so what? Further more, some people are incapable of speaking English, and must use a language few understand (American sign language for example).

An English speaker would learn the basics of Chinese before moving to china(ideally) but likely won't actually learn how to speak it(become fluent) in-till they spent some time there.

The implementation of a law which would actually ensure everyone can communicate in English would be problematic as well.

| Side: No!
debateguy91(100) Disputed
0 points

but we already teach children from Kindergarden, english. some schoold dont teach other lanquages untill 8th- 9th grade. so english is pretty much the dominant language anyways

| Side: Yes!
1 point

English should be the official language of the USA this is because the US has had English language since Britain invaded the US.It would be dumb to change it as people would have to learn a new language books would have to be re written and the government would have to shell out billion maybe even trillions to change it

| Side: Yes!
Hellno(16486) Disputed
3 points

Huh? This doesn't have anything to do with changing the language... the United States doesn't have an official language at all.

| Side: Yes!
samg1975 Clarified
1 point

English is NOT the official language of the US right now. Its the most common, but not official. The arguement is whether we should keep things the way they are or supress other languages in the country.

| Side: Yes!
1 point

Making English the official language of The USA, defeats the purpose of why this great country was founded the way it was. We have already removed many of the policies and structures designed to make us a powerful and integrated nation. Our immigration policies and guidelines have degraded to that of many communistic nations. We no longer accept and encourage the practice of any religion, and the separation of church and state is barely noticeable. We need to stop the devolution of the principals that were used to found this nation and start to rectify the backwards steps we have taken.

| Side: No!
1 point

Only if a few other languages are made official languages too.

| Side: No!

America was built on the idea of freedom with diversity where all cultures would be accepted including language.

| Side: No!


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