Press 1 For English: Is America Destined To Become A Multilingual Nation?

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The quickest way to divide people is to have them speak different languages.  America has always been a nation of immigrants, but one of the things that has always united us as a nation has been the English language.  In the past, it was always understood that if you wanted to thrive in the “land of opportunity” that you had better learn English and learn it well.  Unfortunately, times have changed.  Today, many radical activist groups are actually referring to the English language as a “tool of oppression” and are demanding that special accommodations be made for those that do not wish to learn the English language.  But what languages are we supposed to accommodate?  Overall, there are 325 different languages spoken at home in the United States today.  So which of those languages should receive special treatment?  How far are we really going to take all of this?  Someday, instead of your telephone telling you to “press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish”, it may tell you to “press 323 for Italian, 324 for Arabic or 325 for English”.  Yes, that is kind of a ridiculous example, but we really should examine where all of this is headed.  Is America destined to become a multilingual nation where we all struggle to understand one another?


This debate can become very heated.  The first thing that both sides should acknowledge is that everyone deserves to be loved and respected no matter where they are from and no matter what the color of their skin is.  If someone speaks English that does not make that person better than someone who speaks Spanish and vice versa.  Every single person on this planet is extremely valuable no matter where they come from and no matter what language they speak.

And the reality of the matter is that tens of millions of Americans speak Spanish as their primary language today.

All of us have noticed many of the changes that have occurred as a result.

If you use an ATM in America today, you will likely have the option to conduct your business in the Spanish language.

If you call a customer service hotline, you can “press 1 for English” or “para español oprima dos”.

In many areas of California, Texas and Florida some employers have made being bilingual a mandatory requirement for many jobs.  If you apply for those jobs and you do not speak both English and Spanish you can just forget it.

Down in Miami, there are large areas of the city where Spanish is actually the primary language.  It is almost like going to a foreign country.

Big retailers in many parts of the country have also hopped on the bandwagon.  The following is a photo sent to me by a reader of the interior of a Home Depot store….

There is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to be helpful to your customers, but are we eventually going to get to the point where almost everything in America is done in two or more languages?

Increasingly, radical activist groups are deciding that it is not right to expect that immigrants will attempt to assimilate into our culture.  Instead, they are demanding that all of us must be willing to make special accommodations for them.

This whole “political correctness” thing has totally gotten out of control.

According to Marta Jimenez, a lawyer for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “the historical use of English in the United States” has been used as “a tool of oppression”.

A tool of oppression?


One of the biggest areas where we are seeing this kind of activism is in the education system.  In some areas of America today, Hispanic students are taught most of their subjects in Spanish.  This makes it very difficult for them to successfully integrate with the larger society.

The consequences of not insisting that public school students become proficient in English have been very dramatic at times.  The following example comes from an article by Mauro Mujica….

In May, about 20 percent of the students at Miami Senior High School, where 88 percent of the students speak English as a second language, failed the annual Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) exam, which is required for graduation. The poor results prompted protests and demands for the test to be given in Spanish as well as English. Over 200 students and teachers gathered outside the school waving signs and chanting “No FCAT.” A state senator from Miami introduced a bill that would allow the FCAT to be given in Spanish.

Unfortunately, these issues are not going to go away any time soon.  Today, approximately 20 percent of the entire population of the state of California is considered to have limited English proficiency.

The federal government certainly has not been helping matters.  Illegal immigrants are much less likely to integrate into society, and the federal government continues to do very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into this country.

Meanwhile, legal immigrants (those that would be more likely to integrate successfully) have to go through paperwork hell in order to do things correctly.

Our entire immigration system is totally upside down.

Much of this article has focused on Spanish so far, but that is far from the only language that is becoming a major issue.

For example, those immigrating from the Middle East are also often not very eager to integrate into our culture.

Thanks to the federal government, very large numbers of Muslims have been immigrating into the United States, and as a result Islam is now the fastest growing major religion in America.

Many communities in America have actually altered their school calendars to accommodate Islamic holidays, and Arabic is commonly spoken in many areas of the United States today.

Someday members of your family may be taught Arabic in school.  Don’t think that it can’t happen.  As the New York Post recently reported, one public elementary school in New York will now require students to study Arabic….

An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.

Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.

So will we soon hear “press 3 for Arabic” when we call a customer service line?

America is rapidly changing.

Barack Obama issued a memorandum which authorized the admission of up to 80,000 additional immigrants during fiscal year 2011.  Most of the additional “refugees” were from areas that were highly Islamic.

As their numbers grow, will they be willing to learn our language and our culture?

Most Americans do not realize this, but there is even a requirement that ballots in other languages be available on a nationwide basis.

So you don’t even need to know English in order to be able to vote.

Unfortunately, those alternate ballots cost a lot of money to print up.

According to one estimate, providing bilingual and multilingual voting ballots nationwide costs close to 5 million dollars.

But it isn’t just ballots that are the issue.

Executive Order 13166, which was signed by Bill Clinton when he was president, essentially requires that all federal agencies ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency have “meaningful access” to all services that they provide.

That means that millions upon millions of dollars is spent printing up forms and documents in other languages.

A recent CNS News article discussed one example of this….

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the government is working on including more questions about the health concerns of the LGBT community. The National Health Survey questions will be in multiple languages to “drill down on what are the specific health needs around the LGBT community.”

So is the federal government going to print up the National Health Survey in all 325 languages that are spoken in American homes?

If not, why not?

Don’t all language groups deserve equal treatment under the law?

Hopefully you are getting an idea of how bizarre all of this can potentially become.

The truth is that if we could focus on just one language that might help our education system.

Today, 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.  Getting the people of Detroit to be able to use one language correctly would be a major step in the right direction.

And if we allow other languages to become dominant in the United States it is only going to be a matter of time before that creates very deep political divisions in this country.

Theodore Roosevelt once made the following statement….

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

  • Cleo

    Historically, America has been a melting pot. Not so much now since we are supposed to celebrate diversity. This melting pot created our American culture. Our culture is a composed of people who migrated here from way too many countries to mention. Our culture is a combination of traditions, practices, dress, etc that became entwined with each other and became American culture. Everyone who came learned English so the could assimilate much easier. When immigrants don’t learn English, they remain diverse and don’t assimilate as easily if at all.
    This creates an atmosphere of multi-culturalism, which doesn’t work….just look at any of the European countries.

    If I migrate to Germany, then I should feel obligated to learn German and assimilate into their culture. This does not mean that I should loose my cultural identity. It does mean that I should respect and try to live by all of their customs and traditions. After all, it is their country and not mine.

    Too bad a lot of people coming here don’t view it this way.

  • jsmith

    This country is doomed. No doubt about it.

    • Tracey, Scranton,PA

      I agree with you 100%

    • Lin S

      Fully agree. The US is going the way of the Austro-Hungarian Empire circa 1918-19. That’s best case.

      Worst case is that it’s going the way of Yugoslavia, 1992-99.

      Fun, fun times ahead.

  • Imaplaneiac

    I was raised in Miami, many years ago. During the ” Cuban Crisis ” those who fled Castro to Miami WAMTED to learn English. Having returned to Miami regularly since … I consider Miami to be a foreign country! Now, GENERATIONS of parents teach their children Spanish as their primary language. Furthermore, I’ve named it Northern Latin America. When down there, I’ve been approached several times by those babbling Spanish at me! My ancestry is German and I LOOK German – NOT Spanish! My reaction? I ” GO OFF ” on these violators / offenders! I tell them if they want to speak Spanish to return to their native country!!

    When traveling around the country, I hear Spanish spoken EVERY place I go! I’ve even heard it at the mall in Bellingham, Washington; which is about 30-35 miles South of Vancouver BC, Canada!

    I’m VERY proud of my German heritage – but as an American I speak English!

    • ricard

      First of all their is no German look ,any Russian can pass as Germans just look at tennis star Maria Sharapova I though she was German or American or born in the USA. now many German are not any different than their European counterparts because they share the same hybrid genes.

      • Groener

        Courtesy of Stalin’s reds who raped Germany.

  • Imaplaneiac

    Oops, change ” WAMTED ” to ” WANTED ” – those darn keys are too close!

  • Olmeticoatl

    The original division was the Tower of Babel (and all like analogous mythologies) Here in America, we must break that barrier. Eventually, there will be a “lingua franca” in this land and it will be so for the world. You would have English forced? It is a minor language on Earth. The browning of America has already begun. Learn all of the languages. Communication is the key to understanding. Then, we cannot be divided.

    ‘In l’ak ‘ech’
    ‘Somos los mismos’

    I am you, you are me.

  • mondobeyondo

    So, how are we going to handle our impending multilingualism? (well, it’s actually already here, but that’s for another day)

    We can look to our north, towards Canada. They speak both French and English in Quebec. Or we can cross the pond and look at Switzerland. If I’m not mistaken, there are four official languages there: English, French, German and Italian (I may be wrong about that).

    Como un pais con un solo idioma comun, aparte de los habitantes de Louisiana quienes hablan frances, tal vez se hace temor a entender que hay otros idiomas extranjeros que … oops! Sorry about that! Getting a bit carried away there.

    As a country with historically one language, perhaps it strikes fear in the hearts of people, to realize there are actually other languages besides English.

    [American family on vacation, at a boulangerie in Paris, France]

    “Hey! Why can’t you speak English?!!”

    • El Pollo de Oro

      An American family on vacation in Florence or Milan: “hey, where’s the damn Olive Garden?”

      • Michael

        Yes, that is very true. When Americans go overseas they tend not to respect the cultures that they find themselves immersed in.


    • Gavrick

      You are wrong about that. The fourth language is Roma, not English.

      And while Americans may not, as Michael claims, respect the culture of the foreign country they might be visiting (and I do not agree, BTW), it is a certainty that those who come to the US illegally and never plan to integrate by learning the language of the land, have no respect for America or her laws.

  • KYTim89

    What all of this boils down to is the fact that America is becoming a nation of strangers. When so many people speak so many different languages it become increasingly difficult to trust one another. This gives way to ethnic tension and eventually balkanization and warfare.

    One thing that worries, and the author of this blog mentions the two languages, is the fact that the Spanish speaking Latino population and the Arabic speaking Islamic culture are growing very rapidly in America. Keep in mind that perhaps the biggest divider amongst people is relgion. The Latinos are stricly Catholic, and very assertive, and the Muslims have an agenda og a global Islamic caliphate. Couple these two groups togehter and you get a recipe for disaster.

    America is currently running the risk of duplicating what happenned in Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. After the fall of the Soviet Union Yugoslavia broke into three distinct ethnic nations, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia. What followed was a tremendous amount of human life lost. In America’s case we have the South West (Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona) that is balkanizing for the Latinos. Places such as Northern California, which include San Francisco, and the Pacific North West, which includes Washington state and Vancouver, Canada are becoming dominated by Asians. Fianlly, we have Michigan state with Detroit and Dearborn becoming Islamic beach heads for their attempt to take over America. Islamic prayers are heared all over the city. The fianl spark for this conflict will be the decline of the American middle class all of the welfare programs.

    • KYTim89

      “Meanwhile, legal immigrants (those that would be more likely to integrate successfully) have to go through paperwork hell in order to do things correctly.”

      There is actually so much red tape for legal immigrants to go through that it actually defeats the purpose of doing it honestly because the more criminal elements get rewarded so easily. However, I do agree that we need legal immigration, and we are a nation of immigrants, but at the same time the legal immigration system needs a moratouriam. There should be a ten to twenty year freeze on legal immigration. This would give groups that have already arrived here legally more incentive to figure out if they want to assimilate into American culture, or go home.

      Secondly, there are over a billion people on this planet that do not have access to a single glass of drinking water, or bathroom to do their business. If they were all allowed to come here legally then America would be swarmned like a horde of angry wasps. The United States is already the third largest nation in the world. We are already straining our own environment beyond its carrying capacity. Look at the water issues in every state west of the Mississippi river. That problem is going to get a whole lot worse in the coming years.

      I would like to recommend PAt Buchanan’s book: “Suicide of Super Power” to any potential readers. It is a good book and has a whole lot of good insights into a potential future both the US and the world.

  • squabbling nationalities are always a possible issue, but united under one religion was always somewhat beenficial, now we have more then 325 differeing religions. Why non-Christians are allowed is beyond me and the “reformation” did grevious injury to unity. This land was Catholic and was destined to be Catholic……the divisions were stronger when the Protestants arrived, due to very nature of divisive religious views. We were a nation destined for failure, jsut took a longer time then would now….

  • Piglet

    When people from another country are here, we expect them to speak English. When we’re in someone else’s country, again we expect them to speak English. As a GI in the Army in Germany decades ago, I can’t recall how many times I heard other GIs say, “Those f****n’ Herms oughta learn t’ talk Uhmerrikan!” (“Herm” is a derogatory term for “Herman the German.”) The funny thing was that Germans often did speak English, and usually better than my dimwitted fellow GIs. Signs at the Frankfurt International Airport were (and surely still are) in both German and English. This was the case, not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. Highway signs in Korea are in both English and Korean. A big difference is that most foreigners are not allergic to learning other languages, sometimes a lot of them, while we Americans struggle with our own (example: loose vs. lose – I’ve seen a lot of that lately) and feel that learning a second will cause the collapse of civilization.

    • mondobeyondo

      You’re lucky. Guess you haven’t been in a Wal-Mart lately.
      Lots of people THERE struggling with how to use “there”, “their” and “they’re”.
      I’m not bragging, nor am I attempting to. But – it’s just basic elementary school English. At least, it was in my day.
      My personal choice? “Thair”.

    • areopagitica

      Who taught our “dimwitted GIs” to misuse Uhmerrikan? Perhaps it was a bunch of unlettered unionized leftist affirmative action tenured so called teachers. You say that was decades ago? So it must be worse now. What did Piglet do as a GI? Probably stay aloof as Kerry while counting the days till he could come back and trash his fellow servicemen. And why were our GIs in “Hermany” anyway? Because Hermany had lost a war they started, and were being encouraged to let the USA prop up their defenses against the iron curtain foe while they, the West Hermans convinced us they were no longer of a belligerent mindset.

  • Scott

    I love your blog but I think you’re way off-base on this one.

    When it comes to languages, Americans are universally lazy, arrogant, clueless and utterly inept. I know because I’ve been living overseas for a year now. Outside of America, I regularly come into contact with people who can speak 2, 3 or even 4 languages. But show me a white or black person back home (who was born and raised in the States) that has even a basic competency in a foreign language…do you know any?

    I live in Korea -which is about as homogenous and prideful a country as you’ll ever find- and the middle school students here are all studying a minimum of 2 languages and some of them are actually studying 3 or 4. By studying I mean IN ADDITION to Korean. Koreans are notoriously poor English speakers but they try. They try hard. Everywhere you go in this country you can read signs in English. All of the major government offices offer services in English. The subway system here in Seoul makes announcements in English (and Chinese as well.)

    I speak English at work. I speak English at my bank. I speak English with my Korean girlfriend.

    And do you know what a Korean person will typically do when there is a misunderstanding with me? They apologize. They apologize because THEY can’t speak ENGLISH well enough for ME to understand THEM in THEIR country.

    So let me give you the honest and heartfelt opinion of an American who’s on the other side of this issue…


    I appreciate it when I can read signs in English and do business in English. I appreciate it when I can speak to my boss in English. I appreciate it when I can go to the bank and there is a designated English speaker to assist me. I appreciate it when my girlfriend takes out a Korean to English dictionary just to get her point across with me.

    So…as an American living overseas I’d like to say that we all need to get off our high-horses and realize that the world DOES NOT speak English. And as America becomes increasingly irrelevant in this world, Americans would all do very well to start appreciating (and indeed understanding) the many, many languages that are spoken out here.

    …instead of bitching and complaining every time we see something we can’t read because we’re all too lazy and arrogant to even try.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Scott: you make some excellent points. I’m a rare breed: an American, born and raised, who is proficient in three languages (English as my main language, Spanish and Italian as secondary languages) and speaks some French as well. Anyone who wants to live in this country should make a serious effort to learn English (and most of the immigrants I encounter here in Philadelphia do whether they’re from Poland or Vietnam). But at the same time, it’s always pathetic when an American tourist throws a temper tantrum overseas because someone speaks to him in French in Paris or in Italian in Rome. I’ve done a lot of international traveling (been in 15 different countries) and have encountered some stereotypical ugly Americans—you know, the slob in sweatpants, flip-flops, a stained t-shirt and a backwards baseball cap who weighs 250 pounds and is screaming at a waiter in Florence, “Doesn’t anyone speak English around here, dammit?” If I meet someone like that in Italia, it’s so much fun to blow him off and say, “Mi dispiace, ma non capisco bene inglese. Mi scusi.” And when I’ve done that, they had no idea I was from Gli Stati Uniti. If an American is nice about it, I’ll gladly give him or her directions in English in Rome, Paris or whatever city I’m visiting. But act like an entitled ugly American in a foreign country, and my ability to speak inglese quickly vanishes.

      In South Carolina, Newt Gingrich’s campaign ran an ad attacking Mitt Romney because he speaks French as a secondary language. Pathetic. I’m no fan of Romney, but it isn’t as though he tried to make French the official language in Massachusetts.

      And you’re right about this country becoming “increasingly irrelevant in this world.” The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) is in serious decline on so many levels.

      • Cinderella Man

        El Pollo I agree with you alot of the time but I have just one little bitch..This is not about vacation this is about an entire class of American society that wants to be enabled to keep speaking their native tounge in all aspects of society… Im of white and hispanic decent I know enough spanish to be able to understand if one of these foreigers want to kill me or rob me but as a person that takes lower income jobs I get extremely resentful of these illegals lowering my wage and standard of living. To work with them is hell its nice you are multi-lingual but most of us are too busy to buy Rosetta Stone to learn how to work with these new arrivals. The point is the life boat is full and we dont need anymore cheap labor there are plenty enough poor white kids that will do the job… with respect my friend.

        • areopagitica

          And why does America become “increasingly irrelevant?” Maybe because elitist horses derrieres like that writer want to see that outcome. English is the language of air traffic controllers. The latin keyboard is the input mechanism of electronic devices. It may be charming to hear an opera in Italian and not need to read the subtitles. But how about learning to read one kind of traffic sign, thank you. Now about immigration. We have a noble and successful culture and an above average birthrate. We do not need ANY further encouragement to immigrants. There are too many wanting to import their own ghettos and camp out without assimilating, whether from our southern border, or some camel oasis. If we cannot on political correctness parse the malcontents from the aspiring Americans then we need to bar the door totally until we have learned what we are doing to ourselves.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          Cinderella Man: Actually, I think you and I are on the same page when it comes to two main points: (1) as I said, anyone who wants to live in The Banana Republic of America needs to learn English. And (2) illegal immigration is a curse that helps drive down the overall standard of living. I was making those points 20 years ago during the whole NAFTA debate, when Ross Perot was warning us about how terrible NAFTA would be and a Republi-Con Party hack by the name of Rush “Pillhead” Limbaugh called Perot a racist for opposing NAFTA (No American Factories Taking Applications). I got plenty of grief from neocons because I agreed with Perot’s stand on NAFTA: “What do you have against illegal immigrants? What are you, jealous of their work ethic? What are you, anti-capitalist? You must be a racist. You must hate Latinos just like Ross Perot.” And when neocons gave me that crap, I blasted them in fluent Spanish: “No me diga esas tonterías y estupideses, maldito cabrón. Ross Perot no ha dicho nada contra los hispanos, pero lo que él entiende perfectamente es que NAFTA será un desastre para este país.” Of course, they had no idea what I was saying. There’s nothing like being called an anti-Latino racist when you speak fluent Spanish and the monolingual pendejos making that accusation can’t even speak basic Spanish 101 and expect to have their asses kissed in English wherever they travel abroad. And 20 years later, there’s no doubt at all that Ross Perot was absolutely 100% correct about that “giant sucking sound.” When I say that the BRA has become a Third World flophouse, it’s not a racial statement or an attack on legal immigrants—I’m talking pure economics. As far as I’m concerned, cheap bastards who hire illegal immigrants because they can pay them 50 cents an hour under the table are treasonous.

          But I still say that Scott is absolutely right about the value of being able to speak more than one language. If an American company has an American employee who speaks proficient German as a secondary language, guess who gets to represent the company at that convention in Berlin or Munich?

    • jpc

      Your thoughts are those of a kid. Kids shouldn’t be listened to. If I had the time, I’d educate you on why Americans speak one language but I haven’t. Think the USA is irrelevant? As soon as our Marxist-Moooslim boy in Chief is deposed in 5 months, you’ll see how irrelevant we are. Please, stay in Ting-Tang-Tong land. Please don’t come back!

      • mondobeyondo

        The US is definitely not irrelevant. Not by a long shot.
        But other countries have made vast (and I mean VAST) gains in the foreign language department.
        “Them foreigners” speak at the very least, English and Spanish.
        Sometimes English and French, or German, Russian, Hindi, or Mandarin Chinese.
        Our educational system should have placed more money and effort in teaching foreign languages. Just my opinion.

    • DL

      I’m with you, Scott!

      The laziness at which Americans want to learn foreign languages has definitely hurt us and that is why we appear so damned arrogant when Americans tour overseas (and this is true even when overseas is Britain!). I am all for EVERY American learning and using at least one foreign language (not just speaking but reading and writing a well) and going to that country to learn it even better…but you can’t force folks to do this. But when Americans complain about lack of jobs on the one hand when, if they’d learn a foreign language, they’d have far more job opportunities here or overseas. Better yet, master a foreign language AND English! That way (after you get your TESOL), you can get a job teaching overseas, or work somewhere for the Foreign Service.

      Mike, you missed the boat here on NOT encouraging foreign language usage. But yes, immigrants here ought to learn English. And I see nothing wrong with learning Arabic…I am sure the CIA is looking to employ speakers of Arabic. You also missed the boat with your Islamophobia…do you actually think Muslims can really impose Sharia Law here? American women (which I am one) would never put up with it!

  • Cinderella Man

    Another glaring example is how Spainish is invading our lives is through TV shows such as Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go! So on the outside it looks all cute and parents let their kids watch these shows cause theyre too busy with themselves to pay attention but the reality is these shows are designed to make little white kids learn a form of “spanglish” so they can understand and accomadate their little illegal alien class mates. I also notice it on my prepaid cell phone all these ads for Univision on it. So I guess its fair to assume that most illegals use prepaid so they dont have to sign up for a contract. Ive lived in Oregon before and I was lucky enough to get a job at a KFC and all the others I cooked with spoke little of no English!! So I can tell you firsthand how fustrating the language barrier can be. I myself have some hispanic descent in me and I can tell you that as a 4th generation decendant of immigrants my great grandmother could only speak Navajo and Spainish. But she was insistant that my grandmother learned English. See back then when you were an immigrant you took pride and really put effort in learning the language of your new homeland. All immigrants did this from the Germans, Irish that only knew Gaelic, Poles, Japanese, Itallians, ect. If we let everyone keep using their native tounges back then what the hell would our county look like today? This is a huge problem and I can it see it getting worse when our new illegal alien population will never have the ablilty to understand what the govt is doing and therefore will be an easily influenced voting block for the Democrap party. Gangs of New York sound familiar? Boss Tweed and the Irish? You get the picture.

    • jpc

      You are correct about the cartoon indoctrination of kids. The future for the USA? Bleak, bleak. No country in history has been so diverse as we are today. Countries too “diverse” break apart along ethnic, linguistic and religiou lines.

      The political class has advocateed endless immigration with no time-out periods. It’s too late.

      • areopagitica

        It very well may be too late. But, surrendering on that suspicion is not a productive or valid response. Until we get some consensus of sanity, drum the rabid multiculturalists into their own corner, and reintroduce a sane productive economy intended for those who ARE here that truly want to BE here, as Americans, then there will be continued decline.

    • mondobeyondo

      You’re not going to Mexico. Mexico is coming to you…

  • Jodi

    The school that my son attends, calls our home about once a week with a recorded message to keep parents up to date of upcoming events. It always starts in English and after that message is done in English it switches over to Spanish. Unfortunately, if you don’t answer the phone quickly enough you can miss the entire message in English before it switches over to Spanish. The worst part of it all, it doesn’t repeat itself. Great system Huh! This whole English/Spanish system is irritating, now some jobs only want to hire you if you are bilingual or if you speak bilingual they will even pay you high wages. Seems a bit unfair to me. I am a full believer, if you come to our country it should be the law that you learn the language.

  • rssg

    I’m afraid it’s too late……very sad, very sad indeed. The Mexican (Latino) invasion is working and on schedule. The Muslim immigration invasion is accelerating at an alarming rate as well.

    It’s too late.

  • Prof. Pizdoboltsev

    Liberalism is going to kill this country. Not an earthquake, or asteroid impact, or Yellowstone caldera explosion. Liberalism! Think about it… Non-English speaking immigrants… Why do they allow them to enter the country? What are the chances for them, with no damn language proficiency to find a job with such an economy, when finding jobs is difficult even for English-fluent American citizens? Yes, all those immigrants will add to 67 million welfare/foodstamp/section8 crowd and start sucking our taxes.

  • jaxon64

    In the end it will be another line seperating the elites from the lessers. If you don’t speak fluent and grammatically correct English-even if you’re American- then you are already afforded second tier in many eyes.
    The hospital I work in, even without my white coat and name badge, if I address certain staff they automatically call me “Dr” or “Sir” because of my diction, cadence and correct usage of the English language. I do not say this to sound pompous, it is just the reality of the situation.
    When one goes to an interview or meeting- even if the employer, HR person or co-workers realize it or not- the words of a well spoken person carry much greater impact and impress. People who use “wanna”, gonna, haveta, dunno, aks, or misuse the tenses of the verb “to be”” etc etc, well let us just say that these people are going to have to battle a little harder to achieve success.
    There also is a certain thinking among many that people who converse in Spanish in lieu of English do so only because English is too complicated a language for them. I know that this is toeing the line toward a racist attitude but it is true nonetheless. The English language has approximately 5x as many words than any other language on the planet. I believe that if we ever do evolve to the point of a “Babel” type of universal language again that it will most definitely be English–which is more expressive, has a superior amount of verbal deviations to be more specific and also is the language of technology ( since much of the invention from telephones to software has come from English speaking individuals in what was a free country of free and inventive, industrious people)…just my 2c but demanding that Hispanics be allowed to use their own language within an English speaking nation will only be a self-confining economic constraint. Logic would suggest that one learns how to walk, talk and dress like those who have the money, power and control if one wishes to emulate or join said company……….

    • jaxon64

      I want to make clear in my earlier post that when I said that “it is true nonetheless”, I am referring to the truth that many people hold that viewpoint, NOT that I believe Spanish speaking peoples are less intelligent……….

    • J.M

      Your points are interesting but:
      a. English has only approx. twice as many words as spanish, counting foreign words that have not been anglicized.
      b. English has one of the simplest grammar systems in the world, try learning German, French or spanish for instance and you will find English grammar is a simplified version of Germanic language mixed with some odious french.

      Thus spake a foreign speaker.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Learning English is not succumbing to a “tool of oppression,” but an inability to speak English in The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) is a good way to be condemned to a life as a dishwasher earning minimum wage (or less if one is in the country illegally and is getting paid under the table). I was making that point 25 years ago when I spent some time out in California (can’t say I miss that state), and I remember people bragging about how much money they were saving by hiring illegal immigrants. It was a badge of honor to them. Those are the same clowns who thought NAFTA (No American Factories Taking Applications) would be good for the country (NAFTA was a disaster, just as Ross Perot said it would be). Problem: when hiring illegal immigrants and paying Third World wages is a badge of honor, you become a Third World economy—and that’s what the BRA has become: a Third World economy. Welcome to the race to the bottom.

    Oh, and the irony continues. The same folks who have hired illegal immigrants and championed NAFTA will make asses of themselves when they visit Europe and become freaked out because they’re visiting a place where Spanish, French or Italian is the primary language. See that Roman Coliseum, Dorothy? That means you’re not in Kansas anymore. So learn some frickin’ Italian, capisce? Grazie.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Aren’t you aware that hand-held speech translators are already a reality? They are improving very quickly. Machines already can translate with accuracies above 98%, and can even recognize tones of voice and idioms.

    Such systems are seamlessly embedded in telephones and the like, already.

    Thus I expect that all language barriers will once and for all vanish by 2070 at the latest. Good riddance! In effect, everyone will know every language.

    The hard reality is that the laws of physics are the same everywhere and everywhen for everyone and everything. Everyone already signals everyone else at the speed of light on this small planet.

    The result is inevitable: everything *will* be reduced to a bland sameness everywhere quite soon. It is there in the laws of physics. The moment one realizes that electricity and magnetism are two sides of one coin, this starts to develop.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Further, it is infinitely more important that one can talk *something* rather than English, or any other language, in particular.

    Further still, brain-machine interfacing is also now a reality. There are thought-controlled robot limbs, there are power suits which bypass paralysis, there are even devices which can very crudely image what one is thinking about.

    One farther development will be the obsolescence of speech and reading, once we have enough computing power made compact enough, to bypass the senses altogether. That should come well before 2100.

    The implications of thought being the brain’s electrochemical activity, and nothing whatever else, are that the mind is what the brain does. Now at death the brain stops doing. Therefore, all effects arising therefrom must immediately cease to occur.

    You stop happening. There is no life after death, nor can there be, any more than there is an after-digestion, and for the same reason. “You” are an epiphenomenon, the mere result of bodily functioning, such as that is for a human being.

    This instantly destroys all religion.

    • Cinderella Man

      So are you saying youre ready to be microchipped for the NWO? Wow you are a tool!

  • Crystal

    I’ve always believed that the people who want bilingualism in the U.S. are purposely trying to destroy our country.

    If we cannot communicate with one another, how can we relate well to one another?

    We have been too tolerant and accomodating of differences in our country and our country will be destroyed as a result.

  • Paul

    Arabic will be handy for their future career as part of Israel’s NATO occupation force in the Middle East.

  • Al Salas

    .I don’t know of ay 1st generation Latino child born in the US that does not use English as his primary language. Spongebob and Patrick speak English.
    Ernie, Big Bird and Bert speak in English. Spanish is used only to communicate with the older foreign born members of the family. In my home it has been a struggle for my daughter not to lose her Spanish.
    Oh the horror you just might need to learn a second language.

    • Cinderella Man

      I would love to see the rich guilty white lib parents say to their kid “Ooh im so glad you learned Spanglish! Now you can talk to the maid and landscaper for us! Ooh Im so proud!”

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Al Salas: Usted tiene razón. I’m from Philadelphia, and I’ve yet to meet a U.S.-born Latino who didn’t speak English as their primary language. In fact, I’ve known a lot of young Philly-born Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians and Mexicans who don’t even speak Spanish. For that matter, all the immigrants from Mexico I meet in South Philly make an honest effort to speak English. They might make a grammatical mistake here and there, but they’re trying—y eso es todo lo que pido. Effort goes a long way with me. It really does. Show respect, and I give you respect. So when some fat slob in a Dallas Cowboys shirt walks up to me in Bologna and says, “Hey, where the hell is the damn Olive Garden?,” my response is, “Io non parlo inglese, cornuto.”

    • mondobeyondo

      You poor thing. Are you listening to Dora the Explorer again?

      Heh. Couldn’t resist.

  • r.bitting

    America is destined to be? You’re joking right?

  • Gary2

    Conservatives have their own language. Its called fact free fantasy.

    I agree we speak English here learn it or go home. I would learn spanish if I was in Mexico. This is a no brainier. I also think diversity is WAY over rated.

    So I guess I agree with you Michael on this. half the people in the food pantry line can’t speak a word of English. This is probably a major reason why they need to be in the food pantry line.

  • Dave Webb

    President Franklin Roosevelt had a special language for foreigners built during World War II. It is still available. It is approximately 2,000 English words to learn. It was called “Basic” or Basic English. From this Basic English any one from a country without English can quickly learn enough to simply get by until more formal training can be had. (my memory is poor on the actual number of words used originally in this project)
    Today, any hand held computer can be set up to interpret and translate English into their native tongue.
    Basic English can also be reversed. That means the words can be translated to another language so you can communicate with people from that country.
    The most common problem is language deafness. As we grow up we all acquire a deafness to different languages. This is an accumulative thing and works both ways. There are certain sounds in a language we fail to pickup on when we are learning another language.
    The best way around that is to gradually do away with that deafness by putting the language you want to learn in the background noise of everyday activities. This gradually allows your ear to pick up the nuances of the tongue you are learning.
    The reason behind English as a language was that was the language spoke by the original 13 colonies. It was also a trade language common across many international boarders. I believe it is right in the constitution somewhere that “English” will be the spoken language of this country.

  • Georgiaboy61

    The United States is now roughly analagous to Canada, a bilingual nation, most of which speaks English, while Quebec remains stubbornly Francophone. All signage and govt. literature is printed in English and French. Here in the USA, we are a de facto bilingual nation – English and Spanish – if not a de jure one. Re: “Is America Destined To Become A Multilingual Nation?” It has already happened. I won’t even go into the other languages that are establishing themselves because our govt. refuses to promote English as the official language of these United States. The LA County Schools, it was reported, teach in over two hundred – 200! – different languages. If that isn’t diversity run amok, I do not know what is!

  • MargaretBartley

    I get really irritated when you focus on the trivial, like having bi-lingual store signs, and ignore the important issues like ingredients lists that are not in English, but Japanese or Korean or whatever. I don’t know how to look it up, but I am pretty sure that the law requiring food ingredients to be labelled does not specify that they have to be labelled in English.

    I remember reading an article in the local paper that our school board was being sued by a Laotian man because the notices being sent home to parents were not written in Laotian. They were written in about eight languages, but Laotian was not one of them. I don’t know how the court battle turned out, but the very fact that he had enough of a case to get an attorney to represent him shows the need for an “official English language” policy.

    I also remember reading an article about the King county election board being sued becuase the Chinese translation of the ballot was not correct, and a family suing the SEattle schools because their local school did not have a native speaker (I forget what language) and they had to put their child on a bus in order to have a teacher who was a native speaker.

    Of course, the rest of this story are all the social service people who collect big bucks becuase they are bilingual in their languages. I remember reading an article last winter about a school teacher who was being paid over $100K a year because she was bi-lingual, I think Mandarin, and her H1-b visa was up, and she was suing to stay in the US, in defiance of her visa.

    IN the Seattle school district, there are 72 different languages. Unfortunately, immigrants and their attorneys have learned that there is a big pay-off in challenging governments to provide services in their native languages – it’s a make-work program that greatly enriches the immigrant community, and drains the social-service money that is also needed in the mainstream society, which does not get those special services.

  • tommcd

    I guess we will all gave to move to Singapore, Hong Kong, or some of the other Asian countries that are booming. Or perhaps we should all move to Russia or Eastern Europe. These countries seem to be the only places on Earth where learning to speak English is actually still valued.
    At least we could all get jobs teaching English as a second language in those countries!

  • BruceT

    Bilingualism and multilingualism are functions of endless, mass immigration combined with liberal political correctness run amok.

    It is too late to have a coherent, united people of the United States – we have very, very little in common anymore. Notice liberals use the word “peoples” instead of “people” of the United States. Left-liberals hate white Americans and wish to displace them through mass immigration. It is working.

    The only hope for the USA is to greatly reduce all forms of immigration (I know, Mexicans will cry but hey, besides mass exodus from their beloved Mexico, what else do Mexicans do?) and encourage White Americans to have one more baby per couple. Not impossible to accoomplish. But one must first have the will.

  • areopagitica

    I learned enough of two romance languages to read them, basically write them but not truly speak them or decipher them well in normal conversation. To do that would require immersion in them. Immersion comes from being there. Europeans are “there” within an hour’s drive. They may be used to that, and have made it work for them, but they probably do not consider it either a blessing or a privilege. English is a polyglot assemblage of vocabulary from many origins assembled with an all too haphazard set of approximate rules. Therefore we have a decent start on being understood by those whose vocabularies were incorporated into English. We have the lions share of technology and have figured out how to express it. Try using the keyboard of the Chinese or Japanese pictographs, if one even exists.

  • Most immigrants don’t learn English because it’s too hard to learn another language.

    I moved to Switzerland a year ago. I am now learning German in a class, but it’s going to take several years at the rate I’m going. Although, I can speak and understand enough German to get things done around town.

    My son is in 3rd grade. He attends a local school in German. Basically, over the last year we have gone to hell and back. After a year he understands enough German to do well in school. He is speaking too. It required tutors and lots of help, and it worked too.

    If you want immigrants to learn English, then provide zero help in their mother tongue. Initial suffering is intense, but it quickly gets better.

    • mondobeyondo

      Nope. Most [new] immigrants don’t learn English because they’re lazy.

      Back in the early 20th century, people came to this country (LEGALLY!) without knowing a word of English. Many of them settled in places like New York and Chicago, knowing only Italian, or German, or Polish. They worked and studied hard. They learned English. They succeeded.

      That’s one of the main differences between previous immigrants and modern day immigrants. Back in the day (1912 or so forth), they took the time and effort to learn English. These modern days (2012 and so forth), they want us to conform to their requests. Yes, print those documents in Spanish!

  • mobilebay

    I blame our own government. They have pandered and slobbered over the third world refuse that breaks into our country for so long, that the lawbreakers feel entitled and demand that we take care of them from birth until death. These traitors (politicians) are going to wake up someday and realize that the criminals can’t support them in the style to which they’ve become accustomed… such as bellying up to the public trough for life.

  • Gallo

    ¡Cuidado! Cerebros mojados!

  • The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

    We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.When an American President justifies war by claiming that the enemy has “weapons of mass destruction,” the press reports it as fact. Later, when the undeniable truth surfaces that the President has lied, the press will then publish the government’s new justification, again uncritically. By the time the charade has been fully disclosed, America is committed and the American people must resign themselves to the fait accompli. Most Americans know they are being lied to and yet, despite this history of betrayal by the media, America continues to drink from the poisoned trough of mainstream “news,” and the cycle repeats itself. When an American President justifies war by claiming that the enemy has “weapons of mass destruction,” the press reports it as fact. Later, when the undeniable truth surfaces that the President has lied, the press will then publish the government’s new justification, again uncritically. By the time the charade has been fully disclosed, America is committed and the American people must resign themselves to the fait accompli. Most Americans know they are being lied to and yet, despite this history of betrayal by the media, America continues to drink from the poisoned trough of mainstream “news,” and the cycle repeats itself.

    News “anchors” who are not practicing journalists but are mere teleprompter readers, command huge salaries. Network news anchors, are paid millions of dollars to sell you on the idea that they can be trusted. They are mere TV stars, entertaining you as your critical thinking skills fall asleep before them.YOUR BRAIN WASHED!!!

    • Bob Marshall

      A good post! There is much truth in what you said.

  • Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

    A plain reading of this verse would lead a thinking person to understand that the body of those taken, far from being safe with Christ, are being circled by the birds. Those ‘taken” are plainly dead. For those who take comfort in ambiguity, we have another verse which removes all doubt as to the condition of these “taken” ones.

    Matthew 24:28

    wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

    Could it be any plainer? Those who have been take are deader than a box of doornails. Unfortunately, those who count upon a rapture to deliver them from tribulation may indeed be the very individuals about whom Christ was speaking in these verses.

  • Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917 & 1933 (Notice: You Have Been Declared the Enemy!)

    Oct. 6, 1917, under the Trading with the Enemy Act, Section 2, subdivision (c), Chapter 106 – Enemy defined “other than citizens of the United States…” March 9, 1933, Chapter 106, Section 5, subdivision (b) of the Trading with the Enemy Act of Oct.6 1917 (40 Stat. L. 411) amended as follows “…any person within the United States..” See H.R. 1491 Public No.1

    Who is Really Threatening the Security of Your Homeland?

    There is a Conspiracy To Deprive You of Your Security!

    Your Government will not protect you. Your Money Cannot Protect You. Your Stored food and Merchandise Cannot Protect You. Your Doctor Cannot Protect You. Your Lawyer Cannot Protect You. Your Relatives Cannot Protect You. The Media Cannot Protect You. Your Weapons Cannot Protect You. Your Chosen “Spiritual Leader” Cannot Protect You.

    Only Your God Can Protect You!

    If You Turn From the Ways of the World and Turn Toward the Ways of the God of Creation With ALL Your Heart, You Can Be Spared the worst of the Promised Tribulation .

    The System is Corrupt. The Deck is Stacked Against You. Beware of Those Who Have a FINANCIAL/ COMMERCIAL Interest in Exploiting Your Fear.

    Your Only Hope is to Turn to JESUS CHRIST Now..


  • tommcd

    I guess we will all have to move to Singapore, Hong Kong, or some of the other Asian countries that are booming.
    Or perhaps we should all move to Russia or Eastern Europe.
    At least in those countries learning to speak English is still valued.
    At least we could all get jobs teaching English as a second language in those countries.

    The day may come when we will be unable to get some types of jobs using English as a first language here in the USA!!!

  • tommcd

    Oooops, sorry for the double post here. Feel free to delete the duplicate post.

  • Colin

    Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his son, had this to say about a multilingual America.

    “With respect to modern languages, French, as I have before observed, is indispensable. Next to this the Spanish is most important to an American. Our connection with Spain is already important and will become daily more so. Beside this the ancient part of American history is written chiefly in Spanish.”

    I am not opposed to a multilingual America. I like that there are signs in both English and Spanish. I am opposed to what I have seen in Japan, from watching shows filmed in this country, where the signs have only Japanese, and, if you aren’t able to read Japanese, you are in trouble.

    I am biased when I read this article, When I see or read a conservative commentator’s opinion on a changing America, I Feel the person is reacting in fear, and this fear leads to an irrational exuberance of rhetoric.

    I feel that our country is ill-prepared for this change. For us to be able to speak fluently in more than one language, I think we need a strong educational system. However, our system is being assailed by many politicians and commentators in this country, and the current system is corrupted by lax standards and is being corporatized.

    Here is an article from on the College System:

    • Groener

      Sorry. Thomas Jefferson had no sons, other than whatever he might fathered thru Sally Hemings.

  • mondobeyondo

    I pressed 7 for Ukranian.

    • Michael

      Did you have a good holiday Mondo?


      • mondobeyondo

        Yes, thanks for asking! Didn’t make it up to the Grand Canyon, unfortunately. Maybe next month…

  • i’vegivenup


    I live in S FL and it is very apparent that the English language is in dire straits. In fact if you go to Miami-Dade you will be hard pressed to find many English speaking people with Spanish and French Creole the dominant languages. Broward County to the north is fast becoming the same way and it will soon be in Palm Beach. I would guess that California and all states bordering Mexico are much the same. With nearly 40,000 illegals spread out nationwide it is only a matter of time when English will be the minority language. This country is destined to become a third world country….

    • i’vegivenup

      Oops…that’s 40,000,000 not 40,000 illegals. Huge difference…

  • A Concerned AmeriCan Patriot

    Off topic, but Happy Memorial Day everyone. GOD bless all of those who gave their lives for this country, whatever state she be in. Let us not forget what they go through to keep us safe, free (or as free as our corrupt politicians allow), and able to live as an American! GOD bless the troops, can’t wait to join up with the USMC in a few years.

    • A Concerned AmeriCan Patriot

      To those who have served, are serving, or will serve; I salute you. Yet it is a sad fact that so many people these days ridicule the troops, and try to deny the fact that they sacrifice so much so that we may live in ignorance of what they go through. “If you do not stand behind the troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.”

  • A Concerned AmeriCan Patriot

    With the language issue, I believe that though learning a second language can be useful, but if one goes to any country, one should attempt to learn the language. In any other country one has to learn the official language of the state to get by (one of my friends moved to Germany, and his father had to learn German before he was even considered for a job). Here, on the other hand, those who speak English are openly denied opportunities in a land that was founded with the English language intended as the primary language. My uncle was just denied a job as an accountant because he was not bilingual.

  • mondobeyondo

    I’d recommend every American to learn at least one other language besides English. It opens up so many other opportunities – watching foreign language movies without the subtitles, overseas travel, more job opportunities, and so forth.

    At my middle school, in 1978, all students were required to take a foreign language. 90 percent chose Spanish (as did I), but French and German were also available. Looking back with 20-20 hindsight, I’m so glad the middle-school board had that requirement. But I understand. It’s too expensive. Blah, blah. “We’ll have to cut money from the football program”, etc. Go ahead and cut it!

    We are competing in a global economy now. We can’t afford to lose ground.

  • ¡Cuidado! Piso Mojado
    ¡Cuidado! Cerebros mojados.

    Caution! Wet Floor.
    Caution! Wet brains.

  • Deborah

    I agree with you Michael. I teach ESL and it drives me crazy that everything must be translated. Most of my students are offered all of their subjects in their first language (Spanish) and those same students fail to learn English at the same rate as the other students who don’t have their coursework translated. I am a proponent for multilingualism, but English must be a priority as it is the most common language in the USA. Once they master English, I encourage them to pick up a third language…but if we continue to translate to students they are not encouraged to expand their linguistic intellect and their marketability in the workforce.

  • adam

    I find it funny that most of what you stated as fact is not fact at all. Here is a study that proves much of your historical comments are wrong.

  • MCX

    I find it odd no one remembers English was not the original language of this country- hundreds of Native American languages were spoken here before English was. Why don’t we all go back to the good old days before English?

    • GSR

      I find your knowledge of history odd………who we call “Native Americans”, were actually members of dozens of aboriginal tribes. There was no “country” America prior to the Founders. Duh.

  • itsalljustaride

    “The quickest way to divide people is to have them speak different languages.”

    Switzerland, the libertarian utopia that so many U.S. right-wingers have come to adore for its gun policy and hands-off government (generally) has 3 official languages (French, German, and Italian). You can drive an hour and be in a completely different linguistic environment, but they seem to be doing okay. Why should we be any different?

    • GSR

      Ah, because the USA is a continent-sized country. Compare to Canada and even Mexico. They have one dominant language as well. Tiny countries, crammed in between other larger, more powerful nations, tend to be multi-lingual. You need a better understanding of history, geography, language, race, ….shall I continue?

  • Darrell

    Gee I think most of you folks don’t realize that things need to be set up so that everyone can communicate. So since English is the most comon it should be learned first and foremost then heritage can be learnt or thought. A required second langage also violets your rights as an American. I say if you want to learn a second langage that is fine but don’t force it on me as I’m not interested and am tired of paying for the folks not literate in English because its not my fault that they wanted to come to our country. So learn the langage or go back where you came from ,hope you enjoyed your stay.

  • Patd

    I’ll make it short and sweet. Learn the language (English) of my land or get the F*** out of here, and NOW!

  • syn

    For the people who are saying “Learn english or leave my country”, I would like to tell you to please leave my country as well. This isn´t just YOUR country. It´s everyone´s. The US is a melting pot, and has NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE. So please, see your way out, and find an all English country that has their official language as English. Stay there, and don´t come back. Thanks! :)

    • GSR

      You need a better knowledge of US history and the English language.