As Puerto Rico moves closer to statehood, questions of language and culture are coming to the fore of the conversation once again.
The United States doesn’t have a national language, and there is no law requiring a territory to switch to English before becoming a state. Puerto Rico already has both English and Spanish as official languages. These concerns are not real issues or obstacles to statehood.
But did you know that bilingualism is good for the brain? The majority of people in the world now speak more than one language. In the United States, the majority of people are monolingual — speaking just one language — but the number of bilingual and multilingual people in the U.S. is increasing.
The 51st state of Puerto Rico might just help the U.S. catch the wave of the future.