Monolingual English Speaker

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In today's world, there are translators by the dozen available in every known app store. People use them to pass foreign language classes before they even consider using their dusty, brittle textbook. It is virtually unheard of to be a monolingual English speaker in 2017. However, the question is still brought up pertaining to the advantages of being a monolinguist, are monolingual English speakers at a disadvantage? Scholars have brought up the assertion that it will help them understand the English language more adequately (Source D), even to examine if it will help you think better. Moreover, they object, being able to know and understand multiple languages may be your passion and help you entangle yourself with the world. Whereas in…show more content…
they further maintain this stand by stating how, “85 percent of all Europeans learn,” it and most importantly, “as their second language” (Source B). Again they are asserting the idea that the Europeans are attempting to be like the monolingual English Speakers as a result of the world becoming more and more English-based. Although on the contrary others will object connect this ideal as a disadvantage because, “the planet’s most common first language is Mandarin Chinese,” (Source B) but there is no need to learn it “unless you’ve got a specific professional use for it.” Monolingual English speakers are at an advantage, not a disadvantage, to citizens from other countries because the world is developing into a more “English-based” forcing them to become bilingual to understand English. Recently the mediocre statement, “being bilingual and understanding other languages will help you understand English better rather than being monolingual,” has been claimed by supporters of bilinguistics. On the contrary, according to the US Census, the total number of people who are bilingual understand English well is roughly 65% (Source E). To put it another way, they are trying to assert that it isn’t an advantage at all, they are only understanding it “well” a little more than half of the time, showing a barely little difference.
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