English is the official language of at least 50 Countries. Not in the United States of America. Beginning with our Founding Fathers, they saw no need for an “Official Language”, and realized many different languages spoken as a Democratic right. I am personally ok with not having English our official language, however there are benefits to learning it. I believe if people come here and visit then they should not have to adapt; however, if they decide to stay and make America their home, then I believe it will hurt them not to learn English. As one of the most “diverse” countries in the world, we have embraced many different cultures and offered opportunities other countries do not. I believe it will only cripple immigrants if seeking better paying jobs and other benefits America has to offer if they do not speak English. If I went to France, and decided to stay then I would learn French, knowing I would not get far in their culture if I did not speak it fluently, furthermore, I may possibly be taken advantage of with employment and other opportunities France has to offer. While there is no “official language” in America and it is not forced upon you to learn, it is a stepping-stone to a better future if you learn the native language of the country you reside, voluntarily for yourself. No-one likes to be forced to do something, but when you realize the benefits of something, then you are more apt to transform. It does not mean you cannot speak your native language, however, if you’re native language is not being spoken in places of business, services and other places of employment, then you have a choice. If there was a job I really wanted and you had to be fluent in Spanish, then I would learn Spanish, this does not mean I would stop speaking English at home. If you want to succeed in America and seek equal opportunity, better paying jobs and not be discriminated against because of a language barrier (not that you should be taken advantage of anyway, unfortunately, that is the way it is) then I believe it’s best to learn English. I do not believe we need to make it a law, forcing people to do something is wrong and America is about choices and I believe people will do what is best for them and their families.
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