I was born and raised in Miami, FL; the son of two Cuban parents who came to the United States of America in 1960.
I originally spoke fluent Spanish, as is commonplace for a great number of Miamians.
Despite my cultural heritage being Hispanic, I transitioned to primarily speaking English at a young age in order to overcome a hearing deficiency.
This decision, made by my mother, has given me the edge I need for effectively communicating with the rest of the American population.
After all, who wouldn’t want to be fluent in the primary language of the country they live in?
Especially a country labeled as a melting pot of cultures from across the globe.
Yet here in Miami, I’m given looks and attitude for having a Spanish name and background, but not being able to fluently converse in Spanish.
I’m at a loss in trying to understand why people who come to this great and God-blessed country, the United States of America, choose not to speak the primary language: English.
Even if you intend to never leave Miami, businesses will always come here from other states in which they only speak English.
Sure, being fluent in more than one language is vital for global business, but there is much business to be had within OUR country’s borders.
Let us remember that Miami is still a part of the United States of America, not its own country with its own language.
In fact the official language of Florida, since 1988, is English; ironically though it’s not the official language of the United States of America.
English however, is the world’s first lingua franca, and the only one since the foundation the United States of America.
Lingua franca is a language that transcends local dialect for the purpose of trade, finance, diplomacy, and cultural communication.
An example of how English as a lingua franca works is with air traffic Controllers; when an Air Japan pilot is planning a landing with the tower in Moscow, the pilot and ATC communicate in English.
English is the language of democracy that all nations must master in order to survive in the global economy.
Be proud to be an American with her English language that unifies all of us in this melting pot of a country.