May 1, 2016
Answer: French and Haitian Creole. Virtually all of the country's residents speak Haitian Creole, which was named an official language in the 1980s.
September 25, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Whether English should be the "official" language of Pennsylvania has legislators in the Capitol speaking, well, two different languages. A push is on, again, for a bill that would require state and local governments to conduct all business in English and bar tax dollars from being spent on policies expressing a "preference" for languages other than English. The bill's proponents, many of them conservative legislators, say it will save money while encouraging non-English-speaking immigrants to learn the language, which will help them assimilate and become more successful.
September 27, 2012 |
THESE DAYS, almost every high school basketball program adds transfers from one season to the next. For the moment, we'll assume a new guy at Archbishop Carroll can lay claim to having traveled the longest distance to reach his new school. Now among the Patriots is Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-8, 190-pound sophomore power forward/center from Accra, the capital of Ghana. One potential problem: Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk said he has a birth certificate, passport and visa showing that Aflakpui is 15 years old and won't turn 16 for 2 months.
November 24, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - The wave of Hispanics into the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina doesn't appear to have lessened Louisiana families' demand for their children to get a French education. There's a waiting list at all 29 of the state's public French immersion programs, and this year at least one school - the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans - received more applications for its French program than ever. Demand for Spanish-language education remains strong, both for local use and as a language of inter-American commerce.
November 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Even in death, Philadelphia cheesesteak king Joey Vento is causing controversy. On Tuesday, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) proposed a resolution honoring Vento, owner of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia, who died in August. Vento was perhaps best known for the sign at Geno's that read: "This is America. When ordering, please speak English. " The sign sparked a national controversy in 2006. Metcalfe supports a bill to make English the "official language" of Pennsylvania and considers Vento a hero for his actions.
September 21, 2011
Should Pennsylvania join other states that have already made English their official language?
September 21, 2011
With all the pressing issues facing Pennsylvania lawmakers, a Republican-led state House committee managed to fritter away several hours on a proposal to make English the state's official language. The legislators assembled last week by panel chairman Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) even spent a moment of silence in memory of the late Joey Vento, who directed that the hungry and huddled masses at his South Philly cheesesteak stand order only in English. Then, things really went downhill.
September 19, 2011 |
It's a Jeopardy! trick question and a parlor-game stumper: What is the official language of the United States? No, it's not English. Nor is it any other tongue. The United States does not have an official language, despite the universality of English and the frequent attempts by congressional conservatives to enthrone it as the sovereign tongue. The individual states? That's a different story. English is the official language in 30 states.
September 9, 2010
FORTY FORT, Pa. - This Northeastern Pennsylvania borough has rejected a proposal to make English the town's official language. The ordinance would have required borough business to be conducted in English. The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reported that the Borough Council rejected the proposal by a 5-2 vote Tuesday night. Councilman Dave Williams proposed the ordinance, saying it would save the borough from paying to translate documents if someone made the request. Council President Joe Chacke said the ordinance would send a poor message to residents and invite lawsuits far more expensive than document translation.
August 8, 2008
AFTER reading so much about immigration and language in the U.S., including Robert F. Schaffer's letter "Speak English," I came across a fact that many people (myself included) might not know: Our country has no official language. Everyone here is an immigrant. Even the "native Americans" immigrated from Asia more than 10,000 years ago. Let's realize there is more to life than where we came from. It's more about where we are and where we're going. Martel Fein, Philadelphia