Caroline Ladd Professor Jan Rieman English 1102-026 February 16th, 2011

Preliminary Inquiry Question
When thinking about what my inquiry question would be, I had absolutely no idea where to begin. My first thought was that I would write about the difference between north and southern dialects, but when I started thinking more about that I thought that it would be too difficult to get my thoughts across. So, my idea for my inquiry paper as of right now is whether or not the United States should be considered a bilingual country even though there is not an official language. I am curious about this question because when I reflect on my everyday life, I notice more and more often when I it would be a huge help if I was fluent or knew the slightest bit of Spanish. The ratio of Spanish to American people in the United States is getting smaller and smaller, and it is a fact that us American s needs to realize. This topic could be related to our sponsors of literacy essay because we could add sponsors to our lives that know Spanish, and vice versa for the Spanishspeaking people in the US. I do not really know a lot about this topic thus far, but I am very interested in learning more about it. One way that it has effected my life it in the fast food industry, when trying to order food at a fast food restaurant and the worker only speaks Spanish or very little to no English it becomes a very difficult task. I do not think that only American s should be required to learn some Spanish, but than

Spaniards should also be responsible for learning English. This way this communication from both ends would be much easier. I came to this question with much help from my mom and dad. I went home this past weekend and went to them with my assignment and told them that I really didn t know where to begin. I brought up the stuttering topic to them, but they though that my paper could easily turn more into a narrative essay instead of an inquiry paper. They began throwing many ideas out to me, but when my dad came up with this idea it really grabbed my attention; so I decided to look a little further into the topic. Some new ideas that come into my mind when thinking about my question are what it must be like for the Spaniards in South America to deal with the Americans that now live there. I know think that there are two sides to this issue that need to be look at instead of just one perspective. I am now also eager to get started on this topic and see what other people have to say about the issue.

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