Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

The American Language

The American Language

Date: Jun 06 2006


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Immigration has always been a hot topic in the U.S. Recently, the debate has gotten hotter among average citizens and government representatives. One of the key issues in the debate is about language: Should English be the official language of the United States?

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to make English the national language of the U.S. Listen to Dave and Taylor talk about English as the national language.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Taylor:  You know, Dave, President Bush here in America and the Republican government has been pushing for a bunch of immigration reforms and, ah, simultaneously, they’ve introduced, ah, to now proclaim English as the national language for the United States of America.

Dave:  Right, the senate just voted on it to make it the national language, not the “official” language.

Taylor:  Right.

Dave:  I don’t know that there’s much of a difference there.

Taylor:  That means that, ah, all paperwork is, they have no obligation to provide translation services for anybody who doesn’t speak English.

Dave:  Right. Yeah, English has always been the dominant language and most people would argue that, “Well, yeah, it is kind of the official language by default.” But, to make it the actual official language is kind of a scary thing because along with that comes a lot of federal policies and federal regulations for education, for example.

Taylor:  Mm hm. You know, they’re not all going to suddenly convert to conversing with everybody in English, you know.

Dave:  Right. People don’t realize that when immigrants come to the U.S., it’s not the first generation who become assimilated. It’s the second and third generation who become assimilated.

Taylor:  Right.



Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!


Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >


America is considerably underdeveloped when it comes to language diversity. Fewer than 10% of adults can speak a second language. Many Americans believe that a common language (in this case, English) promotes national unity. Two groups, English First and US English, have been trying to make English the official language of the U.S. for many years.

Multilingualism is common in many countries around the world. India has 18 official languages, with Hindi and English being the most widely spoken.

In Hong Kong, English and Chinese are official languages, and Cantonese is also widely used.

Luxembourg is a trilingual country where French, German and Luxembourgish are the official languages.

Do you think countries should have a single official language? Do you think having a common language promotes unity?



Log in to Comment



i like U.S english

but i can learn it wellFrown

02:24 AM Dec 23 2007 |



Hey! Everybody! Let’s make our life more easy & joyfull. I never mind what language is chosen as official by governments. Anyway, we must be ready how to meet each other!!! Right?

04:13 AM Dec 13 2007 |



I don't think that there is so much differences between US English. Perhaps, the government consider all chances to make the life better for young generation

04:08 AM Dec 13 2007 |




The lap waste □puts! Hundred □□! Many kinds of □words blending
is the world □the step! England □did □most □exudes □passes
□has facilitated everybody exchange! Center □Qin Ch'ao □a
writing and □□□center □and even the world all has the heavy
general idea □! My drum □many □England □!

05:23 PM Dec 11 2007 |


Costa Rica

i think it is good english be completely spoken in the united states. i think it will make inmigrants have to learn english faster because they will be obligated

01:14 AM Oct 24 2007 |



Since English is a universal language we have to learn but it doesnt mean that it is our national language

06:52 AM Apr 30 2007 |


Russian Federation

i like dialogue and i am find freinds in the world, you help me ? i like with freinds everywhere and anybody.

07:13 PM Mar 31 2007 |




Please increase the volume of record.It is kind of reflecting the fact in US today.English is a dominant language which also dominates many other aspects in life.It is another type of disability,not on body,but on language

03:56 PM Jun 07 2006 |



to be frank, dont really think it’s that big of an issue..

01:46 AM Jun 07 2006 |


United States

Maybe a bit advanced, and not as snappy as it could be.

04:36 PM Jun 06 2006 |

Likes (72):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast