Our expectations about learning languages are, quite frankly, odd, and ads like "Learn French (or Spanish, or Galician) in 10 Days" pander to them. While these ads might help sell language-learning programs, they reinforce false expectations.
I argue that making English the official language in the United States or any state is about as necessary as establishing popcorn as the official snack at movie theaters. People will eat popcorn whether or not we codify it as "official,"
America is behind the world in the number of its citizens that are bilingual. President Obama should set a simple but profound goal for our nation: by the year 2035, 51 percent of our population should be bilingual.