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Debate Score:23
Arguments:23
Total Votes:23
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Should english be made the offical language of the usa

To be honest i'm just sick of those damn spanish speakers acting like we should understand what they say when they came here over the border a week ago. I mean good god if i'm going to hire you on my farm and pay you 13 cents an hour then you should learn to speak my language.

 

So does anyone else agree? Thanks!

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Side Score: 12
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Nope

Side Score: 11
1 point

It isn't already? Maybe this is some stupid thing america's trying to pull about "not being a colony".

Side: Affirmative
ChuckHades(3198) Disputed
2 points

America's not a colony...

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Side: Nope
Liber(1728) Disputed
1 point

Axmeister didn't say that America's a colony. I believe what he was trying to say is that America resisted making English the official language of the nation to distance itself from Great Britain. I've read that Hebrew was at one time under consideration to become the official language of the United States of America, all in an effort to become distanced from Great Britain.

Side: Affirmative
Axmeister(4317) Disputed
1 point

I didn't mean that, I stated that America liked to boast about "not being a colony" after their revolution. I wondered if not making English the official language of the US was one of these things.

Side: Affirmative

English should be made the official language of the U.S. I have no problem with, however, people speaking their native language with each other, even in public or anywhere.

I just think that schools and public buildings should be only-English.

Side: Affirmative
1 point

We are United States citizens. This is America, not Mexico nor China or any other country. This country should speak one language so that we can all understand each other. English is and has been the official language for a while and as Americans, I do not need to learn another language just to be able to speak with other people in my country. It's time for Americans to wise up and get a grip about what really needs to be done in regards to help this country.

Side: Affirmative

Just want to point out to some of you out there...English is not the official language of the USA. USA does not have an official language.

Because most people in the country already speak English it would be good to make that the official language.

Side: Affirmative

I think it should be compulsory to learn the English language before becoming a citizen of an essentially English speaking country. We have the same problem in Australia.

Side: Affirmative

I am glad it is because the words don't look messed up.

Side: Affirmative
2 points

Lol, I always find it funny when racist Americans complain about immigrants, when America was founded by immigrants.

Side: Nope

Personally, I always find it funny when Americans complain.

Side: Nope
Liber(1728) Disputed
1 point

As an American, I find that the claim that those who are opposed to immigration are racist is wrong. Surely some are, but "racist Americans" are far from the only ones.

Side: Affirmative

I agree. Britain is the same, we're just slightly older. We were founded by a concoction of Scandinavians, French, German and Danish people. We have our own racist problems, like the BNP, EDL, various organisations like that.

It was just an observation, I didn't actually say that the only people who complain about immigration are racists.

Side: Affirmative

No, the idea of free markets and minds is to encourage diverse people including language.

Side: Nope
1 point

English is already the official language of the U.S.- with about 82% claiming it as their mother language but Spanish should not be disregarded as a one-time fad either. Hispanics are quickly becoming a major force to be reckoned with in the U.S. so more and more people will find using that language useful. Besides, haven't you ever heard of Dora the Explorer ?

Side: Nope

What would be gained by such an action? I see no real reason to.

It wouldn't make people any more likely to learn the language, to do that you'd need to incorporate a language test as part of citizenship, or green cards, which is a pretty totalitarian idea.

Side: Nope

English is a hard language to learn. There are people that have been speaking English their entire lives and still don't speak or write it correctly. Spanish is a lot easier to learn and speak once you get past the irregular verbs and conjugations.

Side: Nope
Liber(1728) Disputed
1 point

As a philologist I disagree with you. English is a surprisingly easy language to learn; sure, not quite as easy as Swedish or Afrikaans, but still very easy in comparison to most of the languages of the world. Spanish, though with fewer irregularities, does have an inflectional system which is far more advanced than that of English. Furthermore, English has a far larger and more precise lexicon than most other languages and is of far greater use throughout the world.

Side: Affirmative
1 point

I hope we're all educated here because its my first time and the people on Fox are crazy but back to the question at hand; I think it shouldnt be because the finding fathers knew that immigrants would be coming to the country and the country may have potentially changed in a few years so I believe that if the country becomes dominantly spanish then the next generation should speak the language but I do not suggest getting rid of the english language as a whole but if a dominant amount of people speak spanish then we should

Side: Nope
1 point

Many people from china and india and from other countries of the world come here to live there are so many people with different religons that might threaten to die for there country.

Side: Nope