The united states is a leader in international business and a country based on immigration, resulting in a dynamic country wherein english is the most widely spoken language but where french, arabic, and bengali all have many speakers as well. The result is the proposed english language amendment (ela), a constitutional amendment making english the official language of the united states despite the latest rehearsal in ann landers' advice column of the myth that german had once come close to replacing english in the united states, americans have never had a legally-established. Donald trump did not make english the official language of the united states by joshua gillin on thursday, february 9th, 2017 at 4:25 pm. Us english is a national, non-partisan, non-profit citizens' group whose mission is to preserve the role of the english language in the united states and make it the official language of the government, thereby encouraging immigrants to learn english (us english. Half the countries of the world have an official language the united states isn't one of them the debate over whether we need an official tongue dates back at least to the 1750s.
Countries with english as an official language and the language of instruction in higher education. English as the official language of the united states could benefit the us government and america as a whole america has long since been a multicultural nation and has been an english speaking nation since it was founded. Princeton, nj -- seventy-two percent of americans say it is essential that immigrants living in the united states learn to speak english meanwhile, 20% believe it is essential that americans learn a second language other than english.
Five states are considering legislation this year to make english their official language if passed, they would join the 31 states with existing official language laws. English isn't managing to sweep all else before it -- and if it ever does become the universal language, many of those who speak it won't understand one another because i am interested in what. Though the united states has no official language at the federal level, bills are continually introduced in both houses of congress calling for the establishment of english as the nation's sole. Propelled again by unprecedented mass immigration from non-english speaking countries, english's place as the unifying and almost universally spoken language in the united states began to erode whereas in 1980 some 11 percent of us residents spoke a language other than english at home, by 2007 that figure leaped to 20 percent, representing.
Thirty-one states have adopted english as their official language, most (27 of these 31) since the 1980s this tally includes both blue and red states, and stretches from coast to. Many languages are spoken, or historically have been spoken, in the united statestoday over 350 languages are used by the us population the most commonly used language is english (specifically, american english), which is the de facto national language of the united states. The english language learner (ell) information center examines the demography and trends of immigrant families and their children who are english language learners the share of ell students in k-12 schools in the united states increased by more than 50 percent between 1997-98 and 2007-08. Proenglish is the nation's leading advocate of official english we work through the courts and in the court of public opinion to defend english's historic role as america's common, unifying language, and to persuade lawmakers to adopt english as the official language at all levels of government.
The department of justice's civil rights division is concerned that national origin discrimination may go unreported in the united states because victims of discrimination do not know their legal rights, or may be afraid to complain to the government. There are six official languages of the un these are arabic, chinese, english, french, russian and spanish the correct interpretation and translation of these six languages, in both spoken and. Many people are surprised to learn that the united states has no official language as one of the major centers of commerce and trade, and a major english-speaking country, many assume that english is the country's official language. The house judiciary committee will take up a bill from king, entitled the english language unity act, which would declare english as the official language of the united states. While most of the us population speaks only english at home or a handful of other languages like spanish or vietnamese, the american community survey reveals the wide-ranging language diversity of the united states, said erik vickstrom, a census bureau statistician.
In the united states, english (american english) is the national language only in an informal sense, by numbers and by historical and contemporary association the united states constitution does not explicitly declare any official language , although the constitution is written in english, as is all federal legislation. The government of the united states is a massive and complex organization its purpose is to improve and protect the lives of american citizens, both at home and overseas because its functions are so numerous and varied, the government operates on several different levels--national, state, and. Official english laws make it necessary for governments to provide information and services in english only, and does not protect the right of non-english speakers to receive govt information and services in another language. Declaring english the official language of the united states will provide legal protection against ill-advised government actions which harm or ignore english on aug 1, 1996, the house of representatives voted 259-169 to declare english the official language of the united states the senate never acted on the bill.
Adams also pointed out that just 9 percent of the early united states was german-speaking, and that the vast english-speaking majority would have had a few problems with the concept of an official. For most people residing in the united states, english is the only language spoken in the home however, many languages other than english are spoken in homes across the country data on speakers of languages other than english and on their english-speaking ability provide more than an interesting portrait of our nation.