When it comes to bilingualism in politics many individuals out there that live in the United States of America do not take it serious. In fact, there are many individuals out there who believe bilingualism and politics shouldn't even be spoken in the same sentence. Not to down any country or place but seriously, the United States may want to consider taking a look at bilingualism in politics.
Okay, what is all this talk about bilingualism you ask? Well let us put it this way, it has been said (by many people out there) when a person speaks three languages it is called trilingual, when someone speaks two languages this is called bilingual. It has often been said that one of speaks one language is called Americans. Perhaps those individuals who say that are correct because in America you do not have to learn another language. In America learning a second language is solely by choice.
So what is the big deal with bilingualism in politics? Many individuals complain when someone says that America should start learning more languages. Would you like an example? Take September 11 as an example. When this tragic event happened there was a shortage of Arabic speakers and it took this even to learn that America has a shortage of Arabic speakers and they wish they did. On a side we must tell you that any individual can learn another language such as Arabic and portray them, it happens a lot more than people realize it.
The truth is that there is a lack of Arabic translators in the United States of America and it is hurting America in more ways than one. This shortage that America has with Arabic speakers is hampering the diplomatic, military and intelligence operations that is going on in the Middle East. Look at it from this perspective, currently the State Department employees less than sixty employees that are fluent in the Arabic and English language. Another example would be the United States embassy that is in Baghdad just so happens to be the biggest embassy on earth. This embassy has about one thousand State Department personnel.
Out of these one thousand individuals there is only thirty-three of them that are speaking Arabic and you know something? Only six of those individuals are fluent in Arabic. Seriously, if you are not thinking about bilingualism in politics then you should consider looking into it. We strongly believe that bilingualism in politics is something that needs to be looked at. If you think about it, you might just learn something from those third world countries where they have bilingualism. Look at Singapore as an example, they have four official languages and they are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Wouldn't bilingualism in politics be great? Then in America you could have English, Arabic, French, Spanish, etc.
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