A Quarter of Young Adults Now Use a Language Other Than English at Home

Christopher Brennan, Daily Mail, March 13, 2015

More than half of young adults in Los Angeles can fluently speak a language other than English, despite the fact that the city’s percentage of foreign born residents is decreasing.

Fifty-seven per cent of those aged 18 to 34, in LA spoke a language other than English at home, beating out Miami which had 55 per cent and San Jose with 54 per cent.

Roughly a quarter of the ‘Millenial’ generation nationwide uses another language, according to the American Community Survey.

Roughly 60 per cent of LA city residents age five and older speak a language other than English, with Spanish the most popular language among them.

In addition to a large number of Latino immigrants, Los Angeles also has large Middle Eastern, Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European communities.

However, the proportion of foreign-born adults in Los Angeles has actually decreased 9 percentage points to a little less than a third since 1990, and a large number of the Millenials with foreign language skills are thought to be bilingual.

The rise in bilingualism is probably caused by children continuing to speak their parents’ tongues in addition to English, according to Voice of America.

UCLA professor Raul Hinojosa said that the children and grandchildren of immigrants historically stopped learning to speak the same language of their ancestors, but that there has been a ‘sea change in the last ten years’.

Hinojosa said that languages beyond Spanish, second and third-generation immigrants will be encouraged to keep knowledge of Mandarin and other languages.

The American Community Survey collected data between 2009 and 2013 and found that 23.3 per cent of the population was between 18 and 34 years old, a fall from 30 per cent in 1980.

Data showed that the generation is less likely to be married and more likely to have gone to college than three decades ago, as well as more likely to speak a foreign language.

Areas that showed the highest rates for speaking something other than English were near the US-Mexico border in California and Texas.

New Jersey was found to be the third most likely state for a young adult to speak a foreign language at home.

West Virginia ranked last for the statistic with 3.63 per cent and Middlesborough, Kentucky, was the metro with the lowest percentage of young adults who could speak a foreign language with 0.034.

In contrast to Los Angeles, many US cities and states have seen significant increases in their foreign-born populations.

The United States as a whole saw its estimated foreign-born population decline 0.4 percentage points from 2000 to the American Community Survey.

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  • TomIron361

    A Quarter of Young Adults Now Use a Language Other Than English at Home
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  • Today the US is nothing more than a clusterfreak of a hundred to two hundred nationalities fighting over the spoils of war, which are white tax dollars. These subhuman parasites then demand more, such as that their culture and legal system be implemented in their communities.

    I for one am tired of paying for their victory celebration and so actually I no longer pay any federal income tax. I’m trying to figure a way to get a tax exemption certificate so I no longer have to pay sales tax. When I move to Alabama, my property tax will be almost nothing. Thus, at least I won’t be paying my executioners for their murder of my race, beliefs, and culture.

    • bv

      How did you manage that?

  • I wonder what percentage of ‘African-Americans’ speak their native language of Ebonics? Need I ask? Nevermind.

    • APaige

      I am not sure Ebonics count because there is such a low number of Blacks that speak another language that the requirement was dropped for Blacks applying to be a foreign service officer.

      • Speedy Steve

        Lowered standards prevail again.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      I’d rather listen to anything, I mean ANYTHING, than to have to listen to ebonics.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        I’m afraid that I’m going to go nuts and shoot the TV some day, because of the ubiquity of nigros and rap music in cable and satellite advertising…

        • JP Rushton

          Watching TV is awful. I can’t stand ads.

          I just use the internet and stream everything now.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          You are not the only one.

        • mobilebay

          Your comment reminded me of the time Elvis Presley did the same thing. He didn’t like Robert Goulet’s singing on TV, or perhaps it was the song…so he shot the screen out. But hang on! Maybe Elvis will return someday and straighten it all out.

      • ElComadreja

        “Spanglish” runs it a close second.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Most can speak it, but very few can write it…

    • Eagle1212

      Probably a small percentage but they can speak Ebonics back in their home continent where it thrives.

  • connorhus

    However, the proportion of foreign-born adults in Los Angeles has
    actually decreased 9 percentage points to a little less than a third
    since 1990,

    Not foreign born by geography maybe.

    • JackKrak

      Probably because all the Messicans who came 10-15 years ago have had 3 or 4 kids now – “American” kids – thus skewing the stats while the problem actually gets worse.

      • connorhus

        That was the point I was trying to make only in a sarcastic round about way 🙂

      • ZB01

        Only 3 or 4? Of which Mexicans are your referring? Maybe 3 or 4 with that one man; but there are additional children, usually from other men.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        This phenomena works the reverse, too. Norte Digital, a Mexican newspaper had a lapse in judgement, IMO, about running an article about “Blaxicans”, those U.S-born blacks who now live in Mexico and getting married to Mexican women and popping out “blaxicans.” Whether here or in Mexico, nasty negro males just can’t keep from lusting and mating with women of other races, creating more of themselves, and messing up more or less what once were more or less civilized societies.

        • InAFreeCountry

          Mexico can have ’em, but they’ll end up back here with Negritolets.

        • ElComadreja

          Less in the case of Mexico.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Wow, isn’t it wonderful how the immigrants are assimilating? For years, English was rapidly becoming the “world language,” used increasingly in all fields relating to science, medicine, computing, statesmanship and other areas. Now we in the US don’t even have the self-confidence to assert the importance of English in our own nation. We have lost our own sense of pride and self-confidence. That is a mark of the beginnings of a nation’s decline.

    • Jason Lewis

      Jon Stewart said we worried the same about the Italians and Irish and it turned out fine so no worries.

      • Because Mexicans are the new Italians!

        Arpaio, Barletta, Tancredo, etc….the old Italians don’t seem to be thrilled about the new Italians.

        • Speedy Steve

          Italians figure large in both Mexico and Venezuela, without them and expatriate French and Germans both nations would sink even lower. Somebody needs to keep the electricity and telephones working.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Argentina also has large numbers of Italian immigrants. Chile is another predominantly Euro-south American country. They’ve played footsies with the Nazis and other socialists, but unlike primitives from Africa, they are able to see the errors in their ways and that sometimes some political and societal adjustments are necessary to continue moving forward. And as you say, they do keep their electricity and phones working as they do in Mexico and Venezuela.

          • Michael Robert Ryan

            Argentina has taken in so many Italian immigrants over the decades that Argentines today actually speak Spanish with an Italian accent. There are actually probably more people of Italian descent in Argentina there than people of Spanish descent.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            I like the Italian accent part in speaking Spanish in Argentina… reminds everyone that Argentina is still Euro-dominated racially. Same goes for Uruguay. A very Caucasian society with really no blacks on the public airwaves on Canal SUR, which broadcasts national and world news from Uruguay in Spanish but the anchors have Italian names.

          • ElComadreja

            Mestizos, Indios and negritos are looked down upon there.

        • phillyguy

          I’m becoming worried about you, been watching the tribe controlled Hollywood movies and television?

        • Samuel Hathaway

          Just ask the clueless political analyst, Micael Barone. He belives the blacks are like the “Irish” in their “coming” assimilation patterns. This man is obviously off his meds, and perhaps, needs to be institutionalized for such dangerous mental lapses.

          • If Michael Barone is my illegitimate father, as some have joked, (he and my mother were born in the same year), then I didn’t inherit his clueless gene.

          • listenupbub

            Thomas Sowell has tried to draw the same kinds of conclusions. It is nuts.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Thomas Sowell makes alot of sense on alot of things but….Thomas, you you got this one waaaayyy wrong.

        • Guest

          I don’t see much difference.

        • Bossman

          Given the fact that so many Americans are naïve about other cultures, I wonder if those guys with Italians names were not mistaken for Mexicans while growing up and hated that very much.

          • Reynardine

            Can you imagine why?

            If I was an Italian and mistaken for a greaserito, I’d hate it too.

          • HE2

            What is weird. We have a blond blue-eyed family member who mated with a Japanese. [Shunned as a result].
            They had a kid who looks more mixed Central American or mestizo than Asian. No telltale epicanthic fold whatsoever.
            The kid is really dysfunctional and confused about what/who he is.
            Race mixing does not work.

      • listenupbub

        The Italians were probably a bad idea, too. Heck, I’m saying this while I’m Italian.

        The only reason Italians assimilated is because America cut immigration in 1924 and pretty much made them assimilate. No Italian-speaking teachers in bilingual schools in those days.

        Shouldn’t I be saying “us,” though?

        • Jason Lewis

          I don’t wanna bash Italians. They’ve got boat people by the thousands coming in from North Africa and have no idea how to handle it.

          • John Smith

            Put the Mafia in charge of them.

        • Reynardine

          There seems to be very little in the way of real organized crime before the Italians and Jews set foot in America. Irish mob groups were small and divided, and only united for brief periods of time to fend off new Italian threats.

          Myself, I’d rather have had only immigrant groups that don’t have a propensity towards mob violence.

          • Bartek

            And wouldn’t show such an obsessive propensity towards subversive politics and societal control.

          • listenupbub

            To be fair, America also had a lot of urbanization that humans had never dealt with before. Most of these Southern Italians were former serfs from the countryside, probably not natural criminals, but when they got to America, their Arab genes acted up, and they became a problem.

            The Jews are an interesting thing. People do not realize how corrupt Jews were. My uncle married a jew, and her family ran slums. A terrible terrible family. “Being smart” is almost certainly NOT the only reason Jews have been hated.

            This all goes to show the problems inherent in multiculturalism. It just doesn’t work. Do you really think it will end well when you take a bunch of people from other cultures with strong ethnic identity, expect them to do labor for cheap, and encourage them not to assimilate, so that they will always feel estranged and perhaps fail to get ahead? Yeah, right.

          • Sick of it

            We didn’t need more immigrants at all. We had literally built the most prosperous and powerful nation on the planet by that point. Maybe we could have let in a few geniuses so they could continue their work here (like Tesla). Otherwise – Why? I’m a nativist, like all Americans before the 20th century, more or less.

          • Thank you. America was built by SETTLERS, not IMMIGRANTS. The Left wants us to blur that distinction.

          • Reynardine

            The Nativist position is the most American, bar none.

            Immigrants who come here and think they should change America are:
            1) undermining what made America great, culturally, linguistically, and legally
            2) pressuring the groups that made America great
            3) selling their own futures – once they become the new nativist groups, they’ll be brushed aside by the precedent that kowtowing to immigrants is the default position.

        • Italians are at least Europeans. Obviously Italians were able to make a relatively prosperous, democratic society. Mexicans can’t. Mexico today would be even worse off if we hadn’t taken millions of their poor off their hands. Mexicans are not the same as Italians.

          • Reynardine

            North Italy, once the land of the Germanic Lombards, is an immensely successful country within a country.

            South Italy and Sicily are overrun by some very strange, very criminal genetics. It was Mexico before Mexico was: the mobs have a very long history there of essentially running towns, reminiscent of cartel-controlled border villages.

          • ElComadreja

            I have heard they carry large amounts of Greek genetics too. I’m half Greek so don’t start, lol.

      • John O’Neill

        I believe the Irish speak English and that gave them an advantage over the Italians and others when they came here.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        You mean skilled and educated citizens from WESTERN Europe, rather than the cesspools of Mexico City or Juarez or Lagos?

        Jared Taylor once said that (paraphrase) “People create civilizations: Civilizations do not create people…”

        There is no question in my mind that the dregs of the Third World will recreate the same squalor and cesspools here in Norte America that they helped create in their native lands.

        • ElComadreja

          They’re already doing it.

      • Sick of it

        Yeah, everything turned out just fine. If you like the Cuomos and the Kennedys.

    • listenupbub

      Yup, we are not serious about our survival, so some other people group that IS more serious about survival will wipe us out, slowly and peacefully, maybe.

    • Most Swedes probably speak English; most Americans soon won’t. Go figure.

      • Jason Lewis

        Ironically Sweden is projected to be the first European country to die. Demographically speaking.

        • Ironic and sad. A beautiful Nordic society filled with the most beautiful blonde headed people in the world. Yes, what a shame. And few people seem to care. We seem to care more about the snail darter than a race of people that are going extinct.

    • adplatt126

      HAHA!!!! “The beginnings of a nation’s decline”… it’s the 25th hour. We’ve been in freefall for a century…

      • Jason Lewis

        The freefall didnt really start till 1965 with the Immigration Act LBJ signed.

  • George Moriarty

    In the meantime the Chinese are spending hundreds of millions to learn ENGLISH, the international language of science, technology, trade and virtually everything else.
    Spanish and “Ebonics” should be seen for what they are, 3rd world languages.

    • Jason Lewis

      Yes. Soon we will be a third world country with nukes. Thankfully, since we’ll be a country of morons, nuclear weapons need regular maintenance so they’ll be useless also. The Far East shall inherit the Earth.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Well, Spanish sure wasn’t offered in the gifted programs in the schools. German, French and Latin were the way to go on that one.

    • 李冠毅

      I agree with most of what you said, other than the thing about the Spanish language. What’s wrong with Spanish?

      • George Moriarty

        Spanish is quite a beautiful language with a proud tradition and history. Unfortunately it is basically associated with the 3rd world nations. It should never seriously be considered as the alternative or second language of any economically and technically advanced nation.

        • 李冠毅

          Isn’t Spain an economically and technologically advanced nation?

          • George Moriarty

            Spain is light years ahead of all it’s former colonies but is probably not the most economically or technically advanced nation in the EU. But this is irrelevant as the Spanish will naturally speak Spanish.

            .
            The thrust of my comment is that the USA should not be adopting Spanish as its second or alternate language, it would be both a backwards step and just encourage further immigration from down south.
            Also, a nation divided by language is a nation divided.
            Please note too that I would encourage anyone to learn or study a second language, it is a very special part of our ongoing education and personal development. In our immediate family we have or are learning French, Latin, Greek, Japanese and a dabbling of Hebrew.

          • Yes, don’t let these WASP’s on this website get you too carried away. They bash Irish people like me, as well. They will attack the White Catholic ethnic, while blacks, mestizos, and Muslims are invading our country.

          • 李冠毅

            Is that true? If so, that’s a shame. This reminds me of the swastika, an ancient symbol which was once regarded around the world (including the West) as a good luck symbol, until the Nazis used a modified version as their party symbol. Now many Westerners associate the swastika with evil deeds. Spanish people are White, yet some AmRenners seems to associate their language with Hispanic immigrants rather than the language of a relative. I think that’s counterproductive. Even though the Japanese massacred millions of my people during World War II, I’ve never had any particular hatred of modern-day Japanese, as I’ve always believe they’re my relatives.

        • Spikeygrrl

          Spaniards in Spain use Spanish as their first language and would be loath to give it up.

    • adplatt126

      They try to emulate our success. We try to become more like Africans in the name of open and high mindedness.

  • Bossman

    Speaking a second language is not such a bad thing. It may help people to become smarter. Most Europeans these days speak more than one language and all foreigners these days are furiously learning English.

    • True, learning a second language is a good thing. The problem today is that many of these same immigrants feel no need to learn the English language, and our schools do not strongly require it of them. There is far too much accommodation toward these third-world immigrants going on. There should be a greater emphasis on mastering as much as possible the English language.

      Our Leftist overlords, however, want us speaking as many languages as possible. The more that people have difficulty communicating among each other, the less chance they have of uniting together as one. The problem of many languages is compounded even more with the presence of many cultures, many races, and many ethnicities.

      The U.S. will NEVER have the level of social cohesion and unity that it had right after WW2 and just before the signing of the 1965 immigration act.

    • There are thousands of people in Los Angeles that can’t/don’t want to/don’t have to learn English. L.A. is Mexico júnior.

      • LexiconD1

        They don’t have to. From courthouses, to doctors offices, to welfare offices, to any other office, especially government offices…you have to speak Spanish or some Asian language, to even be considered for hire.

        Everything is printed in Spanish too, like they lousy cockroaches can read it.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          If you’ve ever seen the penmanship from the average Mexican or Central American man, average age about 40, their handwriting looks no different than if a 10-year-old had written it.

          • Michael Robert Ryan

            In Mexico, they had some crazy president (I think it was Lopez-Portillo back in the 70s) who forbade the teaching of cursive writing in all Mexican schools for reasons known only to him. The ban remained in place until 2000.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Banning any kind of writing by the government is a sign of a sick, sick, society. Mexicans, being Mexicans, probably didn’t see the light that if the government bans the teaching of cursive in the schools, it is now the parents responsibility to teach it at home. If the parents failed to do so, they are just as much to blame as the government banning cursive at the school.

    • Who Me?

      Bossman you said, “all foreigners these days are furiously learning English.” Of which foreigners do you speak? Certainly not the Hispanics around here. A lot of them are on their 3rd or 4th generation of squatting here, and they STILL learned English.

      • SentryattheGate

        Yeah, most of us have learned to ignore “Bossman” (maybe head of crew of Messican landscapers?). Re. his point that we should learn a second language; I already speak German and English, and I refuse to learn the language of the invader; mongrel Spanish!

        • Samuel Hathaway

          German sounds like a cool language to learn. All the smart, gifted kids took German… or French or Latin in those accelerated programs. They’re the same ones who won assorted awards for just about everything in academics.

          • SentryattheGate

            Some university researchers told me that the languages to know, for graduate school and for research data are German and Russian, besides English. Yet my kids school went to Spanish-only, as many are, due to the heavy breeders’ population advantage!

          • InAFreeCountry

            Back when I was in school, I took French mostly because that’s what the hot chicks were taking. I didn’t know 30 years ago that we were going to be stealth invaded by the Mexicans.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Yes, in high school all the drill team members, cheerleaders and the jocks took French. It was the trendy, hip thing to do. They were above-average students but the real brainiacs took Latin.

            I opted for Spanish, first year was pretty full. By third year, it was just me and one other girl, for two students in the class.

          • HE2

            I took Latin all four years of H.S. in preparation for my planned career.
            Am glad I did. Medical science is as another language, one laden with Latin and Greek root terms. Solid knowledge of Latin rendered obscure words self-explanatory.
            I teach my children Latin as well, their father, German.

        • Rhialto

          I suspect “Bossman” is a paid disrupter of Hate sites. In any case, his comments are what Liberals will bring up in discussions of social/political issues. Thus the Bossman posts serve as a good challenge and learning opportunity for debating with Liberal opponents.

          • InAFreeCountry

            We wouldn’t want a total echo chamber, would we?

      • phillyguy

        they have no intention to learn or speak English ,especially if anything they want or need is written or said in Spanish, they are nothing but parasitic leeches sucking us dry of all of our tax money and all our natural resources.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          The El Salvadoran cleaning lady in the office were I work has been in the U.S. 22 years and can hardly speak English. So, I suppose she doesn’t want to speak English and seemingly has no plans to get on with it.

          • Eagle1212

            That’s true, if she doesn’t want to speak English and speaks Spanish instead, then she can go back to her cesspool of a country where she understands her language.

          • HE2

            The detritus slithering over our borders do not speak Spanish.
            Their ungrammatical, uneducated patois is analagous to blacks’ unintelligible ebonics. They incorrectly call it Spanish, just as they erroneously refer to themselves as “Hispanic.”

    • Speedy Steve

      Only so they can move here.

      • Bossman

        You make a good point. I’m sure many who learn English do so with the intention of immigrating to the USA if the opportunity presents itself, especially those in East Asia. Also English is the language of computers and the internet so the pressure to learn English is great.

        • It is also the language of air traffic control. When a Mexican airliner lands in Mexico City, the conversation between the pilot and the control tower is in English. An airplane full of people either lands safely or it doesn’t, and something had to be standardized.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      The problem is that Americans don’t speak a second language. They take farsical, borderline trivial classes in whatever language and never use it again since it was only an elective in the first place. Europeans grow up speaking multiple languages from childhood… Switzlerland for example, where a family may start off a conversation in German, switch over to French and then Italian before going back to German again.

    • Reynardine

      Lot of good it did you.

    • Mein Osterreichich Deutsch ist nicht schlecht. I studied German in junior high and high school because I wanted to become a chemist, and German is the normal language for a chemist to study. My German teacher was originally from Austria, so I am inclined to say “Orange”, rather than “Apfelsine”. Thirty years later, I can also still read Dutch, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish for context. I can speak some Serbo-Croatian and Japanese, though I am illiterate in both of those.

  • Uncle Wardle

    The first sentence should not contain the word “can,” as if it is an acquired and polished ability. It’s only their default language, naturally absorbed from their surroundings, which are usually in defiance of their host country, which they exploit for whatever good they can get out of it. Most of them have no desire to become proficient in the language of their host country.

    • SentryattheGate

      Reminds me of Puerto Rico, which has pushed for statehood several times, but the sticking point is making English their official language, which they refuse. Yet, they gladly accept all the money that comes from US; approx. 2/3rds of them are on welfare!

    • Rhialto

      This is indeed the case. Most of the immigrants’ children are bilingual, but have limited capability in either language. The “mother tongue” is what they pick up at home or in their neighborhoods. The English is what they are taught in Liberal controlled schools.

      I remember talking to a Tex-Mex, and he told me of his education in a poor parochial school in Texas. The pupils came speaking bad Spanish, and little or no English. The nuns who ran the school, using non-educationalistic methods, made almost all of the students fluent and literate in English and Spanish when they completed the 8th (and final) grade.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Does this include gutter English (ebonics)?

  • Augustus3709

    They’re turning the US into the new Austria-Hungary, a nation with competing allegiances, religions, nationalities, and languages—a nation with no identity and a shrinking leader-group which can’t hold the country together indefinitely.

    How did that story end? Violent political infighting, ineffectiveness during WW1, and then being broken apart into smaller nations.

    • IstvanIN

      The one positive about A-H was the fact that most ethnic groups had their own countries within the empire so that it could break about along relatively natural fault lines.

    • InAFreeCountry

      During this time in history, Austria, Hungary, and its dependent states were co-equal states ruled by the same monarchy, with separate ethnic states. We don’t have that separation, we’re cheek by jowl in the same areas.

      • Augustus3709

        They were co-equal on paper, but in reality it was German Austria and then everybody else. The same thing is happening in the US, with the White community, and everybody else. You cannot have incompatible alien groups under the same roof.

        • InAFreeCountry

          Co-equal is a political term meaning that they were governed separately by the same political entity, there is no doubt that Austria was more prosperous and the rest of the empire was ruled by the Habsburgs at their pleasure. Every ethnicity had their own enclave within the empire; Bosniaks in Bosnia, Serbs in Serbia, Croats in Croatia, etc.
          My point is that we don’t have Mississippi for Blacks, Minnesota for Whites, California for Mexicans (well, maybe that’s a bad example). The Balkans had fighting BETWEEN them more than AMONGST them, with each group having a fallback state. It would be much harder for us to split into separate states since we aren’t already broken down into those lines. I hope this doesn’t come across as being merely semantic, it’s not meant as such. I do agree with the main gist of your post, I just find the analogy incongruous.

          • Augustus3709

            I agree it’s not a 100% parallel but I was mentioning how I see troublesome similarities where a large nation has competing and inharmonious ethnicities within the same borders. It just simply won’t end well.

            In the US the races are to an extant separated as it is, with the majority of Mestizos along the south-west, and the majority of blacks along the south-east, with White folk comprising the majority in the north. The cities are a different story.

  • TF

    Spanish is a nice language, it’s a shame it is now associated with Mexicans.

    • Moooochelle

      Spaniards don’t consider Mexican language to be true spanish; it’s the latino-ebonics version.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Mexican Spanish is littered with Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec Empire. It still survives in small pockets in Mexico, but yes, Spaniards find these interruptions in Spanish to be quite noticeable.

        Even worse, is the Spanish of Puerto Rico and Cuba, with a strong influence of African nuances. In my textbook, “Perspectivas” the authors inform there is more emphasis on authors in their book who are heavily influenced by African vocabulary and terminology. Needless to say, I’m skipping over them.

      • Sick of it

        Very true. Mexican “Spanish” is very ugly when compared to the real thing.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          European ways get watered down when they get thrown to the non-natives, like the Aztecs and Toltec… that’s just the way it goes.

    • John Smith

      Make sure to learn proper Castilian.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Nahuatl is an indegious language in Mexico. In fact, we get the word “chocolate” from Nahuatl, about the only positive export out of Mexico these days.

  • Auntie Analogue

    Many do not learn English because today’s global media gives foreigners in our midst total access to foreign language web content and TV programming – none of that existed during the pre-1924 immigration waves. In their homes the foreigners here are not immersed in English language web content or TV programming, so they remain immersed in web & TV in their native lingo,

    • Reynardine

      That’s an excellent point, and one I wish would be driven home.

      Since the end of analog TV and the transition to digital, most remaining analog stations are playing Mexican tele-novellas, and many free OTA stations are definitely Spanish-language only. They dominate and do not assimilate, and the internet, telephony, OTA TV, and hispanic radio helps them do this.

    • Occidental Bookworm

      Good point. People can now completely emerge themselves in an ehnic bubble. I don’t know how it is in the US but in Europe many official documents (tax forms for example) are available in many languages (Turkish, Arabic, Urdu etc.) so combined with their own shops, ethnic media (largely propelled by the internet) and their own schools, they have been able to create their own growIng bubble communities that will never integrate into the host society. It is a form of demographic land grab.

      • IstvanIN

        The number of languages NJ offers official forms in is mind-boggling.

  • meanqueen

    Okay, I can’t move the stupid blue and grey box off the map so I can click on some southern/southwestern states. What do I need to do? ETA Never mind, I figured it out – there’s a little icon peeking out from under the lefthand side of the blue box that controls the movement of the map.

  • meanqueen

    Geezus, look at California at 47%.

    • InAFreeCountry

      West Virginia’s are probably a few Mexicans on some poultry farms.

  • Occidental Bookworm

    In South-Africa Afrikaans was once the national language. Now branded as the language of the white opressor it is frowned upon when spoken in public, especially when spoken by people of colour. I wonder how English will be regarded in the United States (or what used to be the US) 50 years from now.

  • chuck_2012

    immigrants and foreign language speakers must be made to understand that English is the language of their future.

    • Occidental Bookworm

      No it isn’t, at least not for the ones that live in completely isolated Hispanic bubbles that have emerged in the South. You could even argue that Spanish is the language of the future in those areas and English the language of the past considering the huge demographical shift that is presently taking place.

  • Ringo Lennon

    A Quarter of Young Adults Now Use a Language Other Than English at Home

    I bet most of these young adults aren’t white. Mostly brown. I wouldn’t mind at all if they were speaking Polish or German. Me being half Polack.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      We have a Polish group at our church and they have the polish masses and some polish feasts celebrated at our church. Sadly, these same Polish people support the right of Mexicans and other brown foreigners to keep their culture and traditions and guess what share them with the rest of us. I do not mind European people celebrating their culture because it is European, but when they support all these liberal causes, then I am against that.

      • Ringo Lennon

        It only matters what kind of people are speaking the foreign language. French, anyone?

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          Sadly nope. Would love some French. There are a few Italians.

  • American Tax Payer

    “Hinojosa said that languages beyond Spanish, second and third-generation immigrants will be encouraged to keep knowledge of Mandarin and other languages.”

    Ah yes, those “American” asians… Yup, they LOVE White People and that WESTERN Civilization they built.. They love taking it over and changing it into Asia.

  • Bartek

    I don’t blame them for speaking their language at home.
    Always thought it was a shame my family went overboard with assimilating.
    My grandparents wouldn’t teach my parents their mother tongue.
    I’m not of English ethnicity and have never felt quite right primarily speaking a foreign language (to me), it really cut me off from my heritage.
    Also, If I was fluent it would be easier going back to my real home land.

  • Well, at least most African Americans speak English! There, and you thought I was going to say something racist didn’t you?
    “Daz rite, dem wite peepilz on dat ‘mericun renosonz wezite iz say’in dat we don spick no inglish, knomesayin, dawg? Dey iz jus be’in ray-ciss to da frican mericunz…”

    • InAFreeCountry

      If you want to call that English.

    • “We gots game, dawg, we be represintin’, gnome sayin’? You best recognize!”

      Whatever that means.

  • Eagle1212

    If they don’t want to learn English and speak their native language instead, that’s fine but they can do it in their home countries, I will not be encouraged to speak the language of a foreigner who refuses to speak the language that the majority of citizens do speak.

  • Magician

    What are some of the most commonly spoken non-English language at home by young adults in this country? Is it Spanish and Chinese?

  • Rodney S

    This story reminds me of an old Teddy Roosevelt speech in 1918:
    “This is a nation — not a polyglot boarding house. There is not room in the country for any 50-50 American, nor can there be but one loyalty — to the Stars and Stripes.” — Theodore Roosevelt

  • JJCULLEN

    Most can’t speak any language, the mumble jumble , ebonics and the rest of the moronic crap, leaves a lot to be desired …….

  • Guest

    testing

  • Jeff Traube

    The US is no longer a Nation, but an aggregation

  • Hilis Hatki

    Why should the majority of conquers have to learn the language of the conquered.

  • Realist.44

    Young adults now have their heads down 24/7 playing on their “toy” (phone) and oblivious to the real world.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    “Mofongo”…. the look and sound of the name is virtually all we need to know to not go near it.

  • ElComadreja

    It’s not unusual in the Boston area to see Hispanics born on US soil speaking accented English like someone fresh off the boat. The parents either don’t learn it or speak an almost unintelligible mangled form of it.

  • Fr. John+

    When the Norman French conquered England, they made FRENCH the language of the UK- for over 200 years! The Language of a nation shows its CONQUEROR. I knew this back in the 1970’s and joined ‘US English’ then. But they NEVER sought to enact ENGLISH-ONLY legislation, and now we have this problem. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably have this comment deleted, but it should be a crime to speak ANY language other than English in the USA. Is that racial profiling. Yes. So what!? I no longer care. America for AMERICANS.

    End of story.