Official and Second National Languages

In North America, there are three major languages spoken more commonly than any other languages.  Sure, the United States and Canada does have a lot of visitors and immigrants, but English, Spanish, and French are the three languages shared by the most people in this region.   This makes sense, of course, since Spanish is the most abundant language throughout Latin and Central (and most of South America) and French is extremely common in Canada.

In the United States, though, the most commonly spoken Robotel language is English, followed, perhaps, by Spanish.  And while this is universally understood, it is equally understood that the United States does not have an official singular language.  In a country visited by people all over the world, it might seem almost fitting to refrain from establishing such a trait, but the US is actually quite unique in this way.

You see, approximately 180 countries around the world have at least one official language; about 5 dozen do not; the United States is among them.  This is a characteristic that starts to get a little more interesting when you think about how small some of the countries in Europe and South America are (in comparison to each of the states of the American Union): that smaller countries on these continents may each have their own language while all of the states in America speak the same tongue.

Perhaps it might be better to observe that there are more than 100 countries that actually have more than one native language.  Canada, for example, has both French and English as an official language.

Is it Important to Have an Official Language?

In short: no.  No, it is not important but that actually depends on the country.  Having an official language is very important if your country has a lot of political proceedings basically, if you live in a country that holds wide and often government meetings, speaking the same language is essential.  From parliamentary to jurisdictional to state governments across the globe, an “official language” ensures that all who participate are able to speak at the same level.

Is it important To Learn a Second Language?

Depending upon your age, you might remember a time when learning a second language was a noble and fascinating venture. It was, of course, very important if you worked internationally.  Today, we have computer software and mobile apps that bridge the proverbial language gap so formal study is becoming less of a necessity, at least for the casual world traveler.

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