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Praise of a Bilingual Country In the essay English as Second Language English as First Love Stephen Baker the author suggests that the United States should adopt English as its official language He does not like the idea of the United States not having an official language and does not want the United States to become bilingual He argues that English is the best language and is the only choice for an official language of the United States of America It is this writers opinion that it would be a huge mistake for the United States to establish English as its official language as Mr Baker suggests The United States would be better off with declaring the country officially bilingual Many bilingual countries enjoy special advantages that countries with only one official language do not have Using Canada for example since the country is bilingual Canada is more cultured has a richer vocabulary and has advantages in global trade and tourism The official languages of Canada are English and French The wide use of these two languages ensure that Canada is extremely cultured In a country with one official language it is usually true that the people who live in the country are all of the same general culture and language In Canada however there lives two distinct cultures the French and the English Each of these cultures is unique and each adds to the richness of overall Canadian culture Each culture lends its own enhancement to Canadas art music literature film photography and theater If the United States decides to declare English as its only official language its culture will only be defined through one perspective However if the United States decides
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