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Where is English as an official language?


On the federal level, the US does not recognize English as the official language. However, on the state level, English has been named as an official language. Out of the 50 American states, the following 28 states have designated English as their official language:


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii (also lists Hawaiian as an official language)
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Wyoming


Languages in America today


English is the most spoken language in the country according to census reports. More than 80% of the total population list English as their mother language. Although there have been many attempts in the past to make English, that is, American English, the official language of the USA. Such attempts have never been successful.


Nipping at the heels of English is Spanish with more than 12% of Americans speaking this language. This is not surprising at all due to the history of the US Apart from the many Spanish-speaking communities that have long been part of the America immigrants from Spanish speaking countries south of the border continue to migrate into what these immigrants view as the land of opportunity.


Some of the other languages spoken in the United States according to the latest census are: Chinese, Tagalog (from the Philippines), French, Vietnamese, German, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.


The original languages of America, the Native American languages, are only spoken by a number of small communities spread out in the country.


In the United States, more than 330 languages are either spoken or signed by its current population.


America is THE melting pot of races. The Statue of Liberty has stood proudly for many years to welcome people of all cultures, races, and religions. The country prides itself with championing individual liberties and of being stalwarts for culture diversity. Although English is the most widely used language in the country, the country remains multilingual. For now, only time will tell if English will become the official language of the mightiest nation on the planet.

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Well it should be english because thats what we speak (the majority). This isnt hard people. Its an english speaking nation, and people want to politicize that into some abstract racial discussion.

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"In the United States, more than 330 languages are either spoken or signed by its current population."

Great. So the next toaster I buy is going to have an instruction manual the size of an encyclopedia.

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quote:
Originally posted by Upside:
"In the United States, more than 330 languages are either spoken or signed by its current population."

Great. So the next toaster I buy is going to have an instruction manual the size of an encyclopedia.

mine did!

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