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New Twist on Official Language Discussion

A lot of talk lately about English and immigrants and the U.S. not having an official language etc...

I found a list that I want to share; and get your thoughts on. I find it interesting the countries around the world that HAVE declared English their official language while we still have none.

BTW - there is nothing stopping any country (as you'll see) from having more than one 'official' or recognized language. So it doesn't HAVE to be all or none either.

Thoughts??



Countries with no known official languages (no explicit statutory of constitutional establishment of an official language)
Australia
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Chile
Colombia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Germany
Guatemala
Hungary
Iceland
Korea, North
Korea, South
Mexico
Myanmar
Nepal
Samoa

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beachmamaof2

Asked by beachmamaof2 at 12:43 PM on Apr. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Countries with English as the sole official language

    Antigua and Barbuda
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Botswana
    Dominica
    Fiji
    Gambia
    Ghana
    Grenada
    Guyana
    Jamaica
    Kiribati
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Marshall Islands
    Mauritius
    Fed. States of Micronesia
    Namibia
    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Papua New Guinea
    Sts. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Sierra Leone
    Solomon Islands
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Uganda
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe

    Other countries with English as an official language
    Cameroon
    Canada
    Equatorial Guinea
    Hong Kong
    India*
    Ireland
    Kenya
    Madagascar
    Malawi
    Malta
    Palau*
    Philippines
    Rwanda
    Seychelles
    Singapore
    Sri Lanka
    Swaziland*
    Tonga
    Tuvalu
    United Republic of Tanzania
    Unit
    beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:45 PM on Apr. 28, 2010


  • Countries with multiple official languages
    Bolivia
    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Burundi
    Chad
    Comoros
    Croatia
    Cyprus
    Djibouti
    East Timor
    Finland
    Haiti
    Kazakh
    Kyrgyzstan
    Luxembourg
    Malaysia
    Netherlands
    Niger
    Norway
    Paraguay
    Peru
    San Marino
    Switzerland
    Sweden
    Tajikistan
    Turkmenistan
    beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:45 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • I think it is long overdue that America declares English as our official language.That does not mean we cannot learn other languages..obviously
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:47 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • I think English and Spanish would be fine. Canada has English and French.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • English is fine with me.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:52 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

  • 2000 census, the U.S. Census Bureau collected data about languages other than English spoken in the U.S.

    262.4 million people in the United States over the age of five, 47 million (18 percent) reported speaking a language other than English at home.

    Spanish continues to be the non-English language most commonly spoken at home at 29.1 million speakers.

    Chinese moved from fifth place to become the second most widely spoken non-English language, a trend that reflects the increase in the number of Chinese speakers in the United States from 1.2 to 2 million.

    Of the twenty non-English languages most frequently spoken at home, Russian showed the largest proportional increase, nearly tripling from 242,000 to 706,000.

    The second largest increase was for French Creole - incl Haitians - who more than doubled from 188,000 to 453,000.

    The number of Vietnamese speakers doubled also from about 507,000 to just over 1 millio
    beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:59 PM on Apr. 28, 2010

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