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Languages Around the Globe

Abram Montoya

Abram, an elementary school student, speaks both Spanish and English.

Globes representing world languages
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Having different languages isn’t bad because all cultures have positive things to give us.

What will you vote for? English or another language should be in the U.S.? I think that other languages are useful, too. People will get hurt if there was only English. People that speak other languages will get misunderstood.

If it was only English we would not have won World War II. The soldiers used the Navajo language to trick Hitler and soldiers. Hitler was killing all Jewish people, but the soldiers tricked Hitler and saved the Jewish people by using the Navajo language.

Trade with other countries is possible if you speak their language. We will be unwell if we were to eat the same food every day. Quesadillas, chimichangas, sushi, and latte are from other countries. All of the words for these foods are from different languages.

In America we have learned new scientific discoveries. If it was only English, we would not find some new scientific discoveries in this world. For example, Severo Ochoa discovered a synthesis of RNA and spoke Spanish. He was from Spain until he came to America and became an American citizen.

If people in America speak only English, we won’t comprehend what others are saying. In my family we speak Spanish. If I don’t speak Spanish anymore, I can’t talk to my mom. I won't understand her and she won’t understand me.

Without other languages we wouldn’t have books or music from other countries. For example, The Diary of Anne Frank was written in Dutch and had to be translated to English. It’s important to have a book like this because it talks about history from the perspective of Anne Frank, a girl who died in a concentration camp. Only she could have written that story.

God made us to speak different languages and nobody can make this world speak English except God. I think God created different languages because He wanted a variety of people. For example, there are different kinds of animals, plants, cultures and food. Having different languages isn’t bad because all cultures have positive things to give us.


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