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Anonymous asked in TravelCaribbeanPuerto Rico · 8 years ago

Is english replacing spanish as the language of government?

in 2009, the grassroots community cultural organization Unidos por Nuestro Idioma ("United for our language"), whose goal is "defending Spanish in Puerto Rico", expressed concern that the use of English terms on official road signs reading “Welcome to Guaynabo City”, “City Hall”, “Downtown” and “San Juan Police Department” were evidence of the English language replacing Spanish in official use.

Source: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_in_Puerto_R...

How can spanish be ensured to stay the only dominant language? Will it ever lose the dominance it has now?

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    Is english replacing spanish as the language of government?

    * No.

    expressed concern that the use of English terms on official road signs reading “Welcome to Guaynabo City”, “City Hall”, “Downtown” and “San Juan Police Department” were evidence of the English language replacing Spanish in official use.

    * Both languages are official languages in PR. Therefore the mayor of a city can use any of them or both of them in road signs.

    * I do not see those street signs as a threat on spanish dominance in PR.

    How can spanish be ensured to stay the only dominant language?

    * Just count the words spoken/written in spanish by the people, including private citizens and public employees, etc.

    * Then count the words spoken/written in english by the people, including private citizens and public employees, etc. in a day in PR.

    * Which count is greatest? Spanish. How much greater? Like 95% Spanish to 5% English.

    That is the way to measure dominance. Not just count "Stop" signs vs "Pare" signs, that is silly.

    To measure dominance go to PR and hear people talking on the streets, go to a goverment office and read the forms used to request services, talk to employees, go to an hospital and check which language doctors, nurses, and patients use to speak to each other, go to school and hear the students and teachers talking, check what is written at the chalkboards, check the books used, go to a business and hear the people talking to each other, hear them answering the phone, etc.

    Which language is used more? Spanish. That is dominance.

    Will it ever lose the dominance it has now?

    * As far as we can see, no.

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