The Power of Language
The unity of a nation is one of the most important factors that determine its prosperity. In this case, language has become one of the most influential driving forces in its ability to enhance communication with others. Wherever people from some country travel through another countries, they carried with them, a national identity, which is usually involved in languages. In the United States, most of people speak English rather than any other language. However, this nation does not have a law that regulates English as a national language. And so, there is a fear that other language will override English, causing language barrier to rise inside the country. In his essay, Charles Krauthammer argues that United States has to establish English as official language. He mentions the idea of English prevention from disappearing. Conversely, Robert D. King states in his essay that United States has not need to legislate English as the formal language. King shares an idea that America has a unique otherness beside all the racial divisions and economic unfairness. Furthermore, he says that this nation unity is far from threatened by language. In my opinion, America should legislate English to be the official language in order to keep the unity of nation.
The acquisition of English by the immigrant has a big impact for the Americans. In his essay Krauthammer says that, “One of the major reasons for America’s great success as the world’s first ‘universal nation,’ for its astonishing and unmatched capacity for assimilating immigrants, has been that an automatic part of acculturation was the acquisition of English” (539-541). There is no doubt that America consists of widely different people with different cultural background and language but right now most of the populations speak English. The national language is prominent for the Americans to unite the people because this nation needs the similarities. Therefore, It is crucial for every immigrant that come to United States use and learns English.
In his statement King believes there are something special about America, which is unique otherness. He says that beside all the racial division and inequality in economics, America has frontier tradition to respect the individual and chances (538). However I think that even America respect other individual and chances, it will create a distance between the immigrant and native people if they speak different language. It means that the immigrant who could not speak English because he or she always gather in minorities, would not interact with native people. So, where is the unity?
In a distance, there are potential threats from the immigrant who are tried to grow their own language. Krauthammer also concerns about this issue by saying in his article that, “Today’s monoclonal linguistic culture is far from hypothetical. Growing rapidly through immigration, it creates large communities—in some places already majorities—so overwhelmingly...