Should English be the official language in the United States
The question that has been around for hundreds of years: “Should English be declared the official language of the United States?” is still a controversy - refighting the same old sociolinguistic issue of the 1970s.
What is the Official Language of the United States of …
As the nation’s non-partisan citizens’ action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States, we hope you will in our efforts to make English its official language!
If you randomly select two people in Cameroon, for instance, there is a 97 percent likelihood that they will have different mother tongues. In the United States, there is only a 33 percent likelihood that this is going to happen. You can click on the various countries shown in the map above to find out how the United States compares with other countries.
4. Many popular languages are spoken in more than just one country
The reason why English, French and Spanish are among the world’s most widespread languages has its roots in the imperial past of the nations where they originate.
5. English is widely used as an official language
Note: English is not a de jure official language in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. Source:
However, whether a country has English as its official language says little about how its citizens really communicate with one another. In some of the nations highlighted above, only a tiny minority learned English as a native language.
6. Nevertheless, most languages are spoken only by a handful of people. That’s why about half of the world’s languages will disappear by the end of the century