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The question of whether or not English should be an official language has been a controversial topic since the country was founded There are many differing opinions on this topic There are the extremists who feel strongly for it Then there are the average people who feel that there should be bilingual states such as those neighboring Mexico and Canada The ACLU who is not in charge of the decision but very influential in the outcome has chosen not to make English the official language because from its inception the United States has been a multilingual nation There were as many as twenty different languages that could be heard around the time of when our fathers founded America Suprisigly there are 329 languages in the United States The NEA reports that English only language deprives those in need of education social services and employment and it must be challenged It does this by making these services not accessible to people of different languages They also feel that one should preserve their culture by knowing their native tongue In many countries such as Switzerland the citizens learn three languages German Italian and French They learn these languages when they are in grade school so that they are able to communicate with people around their country Both education and accommodation are very costly but personally I feel the education would be a much wiser investment for our country From 1980 to 1990 Canadas dual language requirement cost a minimum of 67 billion Canada has a population one-tenth of the United States and spent that amount accommodating only two languages A similar dual language policy would cost the United States more then 60 billion over 10 ten years Depending on the exact number of languages accommodated of the total 329 these Canadian calculations take the price tag of the official multilingualism in the United States up to 10 billion per year over 100 billion over 10
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