Puerto Rico declares Spanish as official language

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Reed James
Chile
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I approve (and a little side note) Sep 11, 2015

In my view, the status of Puerto Rico as a somewhat independent nation, at least in feeling, falls between the cracks. A former Spanish colony, it was taken over by the US in the Spanish-American war. It is now a Commonwealth of the United States, but its identity continues to be Latin American. You could argue that the Puerto Ricans who emigrated to the mainland are immigrants even though they are technically US citizens.

So if Spanish is recognized as the official language of Puerto Rico, this is a step in the right direction as it reinforces the Puerto Rican identity. When I read that Puerto Rico is a country in this article, I felt a bit strange. Country can mean many things, among them a region, such as the Basque Country, which of course is not a country in the sense of an independent nation, as it belongs to Spain.

However, I feel that in this context, the author meant "independent nation" when he/she said "official languages for the country". I think there are some people out there who actually believe that Puerto Rico is in fact a country in its own right. Then again, there are people who get Puerto Rico and Costa Rica confused.


 

Robin Levey
Chile
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Indeed ... Sep 11, 2015

Not trying to get into politics here, on the contrary, but...

Reed D James wrote:

... the Basque Country, which of course is not a country in the sense of an independent nation, as it belongs to Spain. ... Then again, there are people who get Puerto Rico and Costa Rica confused. ...


Just as there are people who don't realise that a significant chunk of "the Basque Country" is in fact in Franceicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2015-09-11 18:30 GMT]


 

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
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I do not worry Sep 13, 2015

Reed D James wrote:

In my view, the status of Puerto Rico as a somewhat independent nation, at least in feeling, falls between the cracks. A former Spanish colony, it was taken over by the US in the Spanish-American war. It is now a Commonwealth of the United States, but its identity continues to be Latin American. You could argue that the Puerto Ricans who emigrated to the mainland are immigrants even though they are technically US citizens.



The U.S. already devotes to use and educate people with Spanish widely in many states. I do not feel that Puerto Rico as a nation should switch to another language, different from the language having been settled by the U.S. for centuries.

Soonthon L.icon_biggrin.gif


 

Danielys Pulve Fernandez
Colombia
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Finally! Oct 15, 2015

Congratulations are in order. I think it's a huge step of The Puerto Rican Senate to approve that bill.

Do I believe a language makes them more independent? No, I think not. I think they should move forward with multiple steps but I agree it's a great start. Hopefully they'll be as independant as they can (politically & financially).


 


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