If I am a non-native English learner, should I improve my proficiency of the English language and grammar even if America has no national language?

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Answered by: Christa, An Expert in the English Grammar Category
The debate over a national language is one that continues to exist in countries all over the world but the layers within the battles themselves vary from country to country. In America, we wrestle with the necessity for an established national language, to be imposed upon the various sectors of our American way of life. Because a national language connotes a national identity and is defined as one that is spoken by a majority of a country's inhabitants as well as being the de facto language used within governing faculties of that nation, the issue of grammar proficiency often arises. The English language and grammar, as discrete disciplines within the humanities, are said to be quite difficult to ascertain, discern, activate, and apply. intelligibility remains the primary goal for both speakers and listeners, and writers and readers, alike.

In America, we are told at an early age, perhaps after we have already been enrolled in a childcare program that teaches us the ABCs, that education is paramount to making our dreams come true and realize the possibilities of our future; this education undoubtedly professes to improve our proficiency in grammar, phonetics, vocabulary in context, and a host of other linguistics skills as we engage in social, intellectual, and cultural maturation and adaptation. In a culturally diverse world, especially in the melting pot known as America, we coexist with fellow students, professionals, and social counterparts of different countries, nationalities, traditions, and native languages. Our teachers, CEOs, and board members have been confronted with a task of adapting and catering to the menagerie of languages and backgrounds that come to the forefront of so many scholastic, professional, and social communities.

As we coexist, ethnic lenses seem to ask of us to look at the world through the eye and mindset of the selective understanding and knowledge, beliefs and assumptions. We look for commonalities. We search for baseline views so we can figure and re-configure the plot to understand where a group of people come from in order to relate to them. The vast differences will always be there but it's about understanding despite coming from the same view. As we seek to prescribe solutions for conflicts, we try to learn from the past but not repeat the past. We utilize the languages available to us to improve the level of communication with those that can better our unique living situation and prospects.

So to say that improving your proficiency of the English language and grammar, despite a national language in America, will be suitable for all is to deny the benefits of allowing intelligibility as it varies, case by case, to emerge naturally. We cannot, however, also deny that while we do not have a national language, as other countries do, we have a shared system of language known as English that has dominion over the operations within our country. We seek to share in this intelligibility when we make non-native speakers take the TOEIC and TOEFL tests before getting hired for work or attending our universities, respectively, to measure accurately their proficiency of a language that unofficially envelops our nation’s fabric.

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