posted on May, 12 2010 @ 09:52 AM
reply to post by Aggie Man
First, it would save significant cost. When the government supports a language it has to provide forms in that language, intrepreters in that
language, tests in that language, etc. Ever go to the DMV and somebody is in front of the line and needs to speak tagalog or some other language?
They give them a tagalog booklet, they get to take their drivers test in tagalog, etc. As an aside, I've always wondered how folks can read road
signs when they can not read english to take the drivers test.
Second, it is a productivity on employers. When folks can not speak a common language and are working in any capacity that requires team activity, by
definition the productivity of that team is reduced. That reduction increases costs which are born by the consumer of that product/service.
Third, their is unifying component of a common language that supports the fabric of society. Languages are not merely one word for another. There
are subtle differences in words that add nuance to a language. For example, there more than 10 words for "window" in Japanese and many of them
with the same kanji spelling. Its inflection and position in a sentence that gives the word meaning. Telling a non-english speaking Japanese that
"there is a window over there" can mean a number of things.
Phrasiology in many languages is as important as the words in many cases and to get communication simple and effective, a common language needs to be
There are certain where a common language is an absolute requirement and because there are jobs like that, why do we tier jobs to support a common
language and not others? Now requiring a common language is a mess and costs society a lot.
Things like receiving any public service, voting, attending public school should all include an english requirement.
Instruction in english should also not be paid for by the government but rather private organizations supported by private money or for-profit
organizations that accept payment for instruction