Recently, Barack Obama got angry over Americans for embarrassing him as he could not speak foreign languages while traveled abroad and moreover for the reason that we force Europeans to speak English when they come here. It is not easy to understand why he says so. Does he have any political interest or it is quite difficult for him to accept the fact? No matter how humiliating he finds Americans’ monolingual ways, but there are plenty of reasons that it is perfectly alright for Americans not to speak any language other than English. So, we should not feel ashamed for the same. Let us have a look at certain facts.
It was England that promoted English as a global language and entire world readily accepted it as that was the only way to better trade and colonization. Adding on to it, our country sailed the rule of laws, tireless work habits, capitalism, ambition, justice, fairness, and an accurate military security against dictatorship to the top of the world. We know that Obama can not say all that in the countries he travel frequently in but it all shows the power of our language and our way of life.
Also, our country always had influence in international affairs that proves our role in the global market and superiority. In short, America is a dominant nation in entire world. But Obama seems to have a different viewpoint on it. Recently, at a town hall meeting, Obama said, “I agree that immigrants should learn English but understand this: Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English – they’ll learn English – you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”
“You know, it’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe, and all we can say (is), ‘Merci beaucoup.'” he added.
Whatever his opinion is, he should remember that the world has a great respect for our language and will never last.