Thursday, August 13, 2020

U.S. Sees Increase In English Fluency Among Hispanics

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Hispanics in the U.S. are speaking more English than at any other time according to a report published by the Pew Research Center. The study found a significant increase in the number of Hispanics using English, not only in professional and school settings, but in the home as well. With some 68% of Hispanics in the U.S. now speaking English fluently or with ease, the number of primarily Spanish-speaking households is diminishing as a results.

“The increase in Hispanic births in the United States is a key factor in explaining the growing use of English,” the pollsters say. To some extent, the number of immigrants to the U.S. from Latin American countries have also factored into an increase in the number of Hispanic English speakers bringing that number to approximately 38.5 million people.

The study also finds that generational factors as well as gender have a large impact on English proficiency with some 21% of Hispanics over the age of 65 speaking little to no English and 57% of those being women.

Of worry to the U.S. Hispanic community, the fact that some 75% of those who cannot speak English fluently are unable to graduate high school and so are at an economic disadvantage to advance in society.

 

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