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View Poll Results: What second official language should the U.S. have had, if it had exactly same amount of native spea
French/Français 3 18.75%
Spanish/Español 6 37.50%
Italian/Italiano 1 6.25%
Hebrew/עִבְרִית 2 12.50%
Arabic/العربية 1 6.25%
German/Deutch 2 12.50%
Chinese/漢語 1 6.25%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-27-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Let's imagine that there were exactly same amount of Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hebrew and Arabic speakers in the U.S, what second official language should the U.S. have had if you had to decide. Let's also say that English was our first official language?



(Let's imagine there were 5% Spanish, 5% French, 5% Arabic, 5% Chinese, 5% Italian, 5% Hebrew and 5% German speakers of the U.S. population, what second official language would you have chosen for the U.S. to have if you had a decision?)
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: moving again
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It must be a trick question because we don't have a first official language lol
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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It must be a trick question because we don't have a first official language lol
Let's imagine English was our first official language - which is also our spoken language
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Swahili
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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esperanto
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Italian.
Gotta get down to the roots
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Hawaiian
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Dutch
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Dutch is good. I don't know how the general population would feel about having to carry snow shovels to scoop up the guttural phlegm.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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I picked German, but I'd guess Dutch if all else is equal. I think going from Dutch to English is relatively easy. I only picked German because it was the closest related of options.

Chinese would be good in this situation because China is so important, but switching from one to the other isn't that easy.
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