Monday, August 12, 2013

One in five in US don’t speak English at home

Many languages are spoken in U.S. homes, and most of these people also speak English "well" or "very well". Maybe we will become a nation with a large number of our residents being multilingual, like other countries are.   - - Donna Poisl

from Reuters

Washington: The number of people in the United States who speak a language other than English at home has nearly tripled over the past three decades, far outpacing the overall population growth, US data released on Tuesday showed.

While Spanish remains the most widely spoken language after English, other languages, particularly those from South Asia and Africa, have also soared in use, the US Census Bureau said in a report.

Some 60.6 million people, or nearly one in five people in the United States aged 5 or older, spoke a language other than English at home in 2011, according to the report. That is up from 23 million in 1980, or almost one in 11.
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