The Official Language Movement

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Checkpoint: The Official Language Movement Eunice Perry ETH/1215 April 3, 2011 Scott Bell Checkpoint: The Official Language Movement
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The majorities of Americans are not bilingual and believe English is the only language that they need to know therefore the only one that matters. Bilingualism and politics are viewed as two separate things in the minds of most Americans, and are no doubt, they are rarely associated with one another. “Many people do not believe that a Presidential candidate that can speak multiple languages as someone like them.” (1995-2010 Bilingualism in politics in the United States) “Bilingualism in politics can produce confusion among the masses in any nation.” (2009, MWolk.com) There are many individuals who believe that bilingualism in politics gives the masses a false impression that the United States has given illegal immigrants the right to vote. Bilingualism in politics has more pros than cons, in my opinion. It is always an advantage to have a president who understands multiple languages. Not only does that skill make it easier to
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Unformatted text preview: communicate with foreign nations, but being able to speak the foreign language also has the ability to put said foreign nations at ease and help them to feel more comfortable. For example, I would hate to go to China because most of the citizens there speak Chinese. I do not. Therefore I would feel really uncomfortable, and on edge not being able to understand what was happening around me. Being bilingual is becoming the norm as more people immigrate to the United States. By teaching our children foreign languages and helping them to become bilingual, or at least conversational, we up the learning curve. We give our children the advantage of communicating outside of their comfort zone. References (1995-2010 Bilingualism in politics in the United States) Retrieved from http://www.sbgglobal.com/political-betting/bilingualism-in-politics-in-the-united-states (2009, MWolk.com) Retrieved from http://mwolk.com/blog/bilingualism-in-politics/...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2011 for the course ETH 125 125 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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