Spanish in the United States
By: Nader Darabi

The prominence of the Spanish language is on the rise throughout the world, and this is especially prevalent within the United States. Everyday employers are seeking ideal candidates who are able to speak both English and Spanish in order to seek out the business of the millions of Hispanics and Mexican-Americans in the United States. Schools are continuing to increase the amount of Spanish textbooks in their curriculum so their students have an ample opportunity to grasp the principles of the language beginning at a young age. Having the influence of the language is not only important for the economy but also for the awareness of the millions of Hispanics that reside in the United States.

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There are always two sides to the story, with many individuals believing that there will be an eventual decline of the Spanish language i
n the United States during the next 30 years. If parents are inclined to teach their children both Spanish and English simultaneously, there are
scientists that believe children will adapt to their environment and lean more heavily on using the English language because it is the language of origin for America. I can see why many believe in this perception because I grew up learning two languages simultaneously when I was born in America. I spoke the language of Farsi at home but was inclined to speak English in school and among my peers from since I was 4 years old. I am now about to turn 21 and sadly enough, I do consider myself as fluent in Farsi as I was when I was toddler speaking the language at home with family.


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There are many factors to be incorporated in this argument, one of them being the relevance of technology in the world of children. Growing up learning two languages is hard enough for kids in grade school, but it may be harder today than ever before because of all the distractions that our society presents to us. Video games and tv shows are some of the numerous activites that kids partake in instead of learning the Spanish language and being able to interpret Spanish text in books. Kids can grow up learning Spanish along with English but don’t feel the obligation to engross themselves with Hispanic literature and even being able to read in Spanish let alone write the language as well.

The distractions of technology could take a toll on the Spanish language
The distractions of technology could take a toll on the Spanish language



The future of the language depends on how much people are willing to do in order to for the language to survive in the US for years to come. Having the government incorporate language programs for children to become bilingual is essential for our future employees to keep the Spanish language as a lasting foundation in the states. Hispanics and Mexican-Americans will keep the language on a path to success if they continue to invest their time in teaching others in America the Spanish language and having this cycle continue generation after generation. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world and the second most common language in America. This is not by accident. The periods of mass immigration from Mexico and South America in the 20th century have paved the way for these people to bring their ideals to America and share the values of their language with all those willing to listen to them.





Sources:

Castro, Max J. "The Future of Spanish in the United States." The Future of Spanish in the United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.

Hochmuth, Joel. "Will Spanish Become America's Second Language?" CNN.com. N.p., 25 Sept. 2001. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.

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