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Steve Voytko 1101 NATIVE TONGUES With the United States being called the Melting Pot of the world many foreigners flock to this country with hopes and aspirations of living a better life People from all over the world voyage to the Land of Plenty expecting that they will be given the opportunity of independence without sacrifice and toil Although many of them come from countries that require hard work to partake of national luxuries often it takes a little more effort to succeed in America To some just being considered free is enough but others are looking to relish everything this country has to give In either case newcomers should be required to exercise their ability to speak the national language Since English is spoken in the majority of the United States it would only benefit immigrants to educate themselves by becoming bilingual Instead foreigners struggle because their only form of communication is the language of their homeland thus it is difficult to read literature find employment and exhaust their potential in striving for The American Dream Most of the text that is written in Americas newspapers books contracts and similar documents are written in English A potential employee that is applying for a job will be asked to fill out an application If he cannot read what is expected of him and is unable to complete the necessary paperwork he is limited to jobs that are awarded based on a mutual understanding not a written agreement Whether purchasing a house renting an apartment or buying a car a signature is required to legalize any agreement By not being able to interpret what is forged on these types of contracts foreigners may be forced to sign something they may not agree with due to a language barrier Although there may be some informative literature that is published in a distinctive language most respected newspapers are printed with English speaking
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