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61 Million Do Not Speak English at Home

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Fully 61 million Americans aged 5 or older speak a language other than English at home—a substantial 21 percent of the population. ...
Among those who do not speak English at home, nearly two out of three (38 million) speak Spanish. Among Spanish speakers, the 56 percent majority speak English "very well." Other languages spoken in the home by at least 1 million Americans are Chinese (2.9 million), Tagalog (1.6 million), Vietnamese (1.4 million), French (1.3 million), Korean (1.1 million), and German (1.1 million). Most of those who speak Tagalog, French, or German at home also speak English very well. Most of those who speak Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean at home do not speak English very well.

Plus, there's this keen interactive map:

I played with it, working from the least frequent up. When I look at that map, I think diversity, better food, stories. (Lewiston, ME has become a landing place for Somalis, at the start because of cheap land and housing, but now because of a positive feedback loop. Somali girls have done very well in Speech and Debate competitions, apparently because of their native? homeland??? ugh... cultural inventory, which includes public storytelling... Which I think is a great story.)

On the other hand, even as I write, there's probably some asshole out there zooming in on a small, defenseless dot so he can harass some near brown people, instead of faraway ones. America's a great country with a lot of problems, many of which it deliberately makes for others.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

(Lewiston, ME has become a landing place for Somalis, at the start because of cheap land and housing, but now because of a positive feedback loop. Somali girls have done very well in Speech and Debate competitions, apparently because of their native? homeland??? ugh... cultural inventory, which includes public storytelling... Which I think is a great story.)

way cool. i love the map, i would never in a hundred years have guessed there was a concentration of somalis in maine, and users of social media should be taking note - we should all be leveraging what we do here in cyberspace by going out and engaging in public speaking, debate and storytelling.

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Submitted by katiebird on

My mom didn't learn English until she went to school and she and her siblings normally didn't speak it at home until their teens (or so).

By the time my cousins and I came along, my grandparents spoke English although they continued to speak Portuguese between themselves.