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Spanish will be the most spoken language in the US by 2050

By 2050 nearly 470 million people will have Spanish as their mother tongue, according to Cervantes Institute.聽


The United States will be the first Spanish-speaking country in the world in 2050, according to Cervantes Institute. USA is the country that has more students of Spanish in the world, followed by Brazil and France.

The number of native speakers of English and Chinese are declining, while those who speak Spanish are on the rise. The report done by Cervantes Institute titled "Spanish, a live language" not only estimates the Spanish language will dominate that country, but also that within three decades upto 30% of the US population will be Hispanic.

Estimations by the United States Census Bureau say that Hispanics will be 132.8 million in 2050 . The Cervantes Institute notes in this document that , the percentage of the world population which have Spanish as their native language is increasing, while the number of speakers of Chinese and English descends.聽

Surpassing the main Spanish-speaking nations such as Spain and Colombia, the United States is home to 41 million native Spanish speakers, with an additional 11.6 million are bilingual, according to data collected in the US Census and other sources government. The US is also the country where there are more people studying Spanish (7,820,000), followed by Brazil, France, Italy and Germany.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world as a native language, after Mandarin Chinese, with more than a billion speakers and predicts that within three or four generations, 10% of the world population will understand Spanish.聽

The report also notes that Spanish is the third most used language on the internet - after Chinese and English - and the second after English used on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.


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Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #35

Nicole Chardenet thanks for your information ! While English has been, and continues to be, a language of fundamental importance in terms of international communication, it is also true that in our constantly globalizing world Spanish has become an obligatory second language for anyone who wants to be 鈥渟omeone鈥 in the international business sphere. Again, ones who can communicate in english and spanish have a great advantage!

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #34

Nicole Chardenet you are right. If you speak english and spanish (both) you have an unique asset !

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #33

The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the United States of America. There are 45 million Hispanophones who speak Spanish as a first or second language in the United States, as well as six million Spanish language students, making the United States the third-largest Hispanophone country in the world after Mexico and Colombia. Spanish is the Romance language and the Indo-European language with the largest number of native speakers in the world. Roughly half of all American Spanish-speakers also speak English "very well" based on self-assessments in the U.S. Census. There are more Spanish-speakers in the United States than speakers of French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and varieties of Chinese and Native American languages combined. The Spanish language has been present in what is now the United States since the 16th and 17th centuries, with the arrival of Spanish colonization in North America that would later become the states of Florida, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and California. The Spanish explorers explored areas of 42 future U.S. states leaving behind a varying range of Hispanic legacy in the North American continent. Additionally, western regions of the Louisiana Territory were under Spanish rule between 1763 and 1800, after the French and Indian War, further extending the Spanish influence throughout the modern-day United States of America.

CityVP Manjit

hace 5 a帽os #32

Dear Javier beBee The reality of the United States is that nothing in its development actually made logical sense and there are plenty of more unpredictable shifts and changes to come, if the past is any predictor of the future. Whether it is the war for independence that need the French court to save it, the Louisiana purchase from Napoleon who needed money to fight the British, the British ransacking Washington DC in the War of 1812 after the US had failed in its invasion of Canada, or the mad costly division which was the American Civil War. Just one look at the linguistic map of South Western Europe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Linguistic_map_Southwestern_Europe.gif tells us that one cannot predict the future. When you consider that when France, England and Spain were the three major powers, how America had the moxy to become America just underlines the absurdity of historical perspective. Language and nationhood is an evolutionary soup and this is exemplified by the extinction of languages and the changing shape of borders. http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/what-endangered-language and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iha3OS8ShYs We either understand this or we do not need to - for we do not make these geopolitical shifts, evolution does and whoever is in the right place at the right time gets the bragging rights. What does it mean for beBee? Evolution my friend and only evolution - and if you or I have been granted the right place at the right time, our duty of care is simply not to lose this gift from evolution, or as Napoleon's brother said to Napoleon "Don't sell Louisiana to anyone my brother" - but Napoleon only pushed him into a bath tub of water. Evolution meant Napoleon squandered his gift, but Thomas Jefferson did not.

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #31

Great stuff http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5746fac3e4b055bb11714a36 Nevada, Colorado, Los Angeles, Florida, Montana, San Antonio, California and Sacramento are all Spanish words or names. The list goes on and on.

Nick Mlatchkov

hace 5 a帽os #30

Creating a universal language had been an impossible task in the history of the human race. Different tribes populated areas in so many parts of Earth separated with thousands of miles from one another. With the limited resources for transportation they had it'd been very hard to communicate, a necessary condition for speaking a common language.

Nick Mlatchkov

hace 5 a帽os #29

Creating a universal language had been an impossible task in the history of the human race. Different tribes populated areas in so many parts of Earth separated with thousand of miles from one another. With the limited resources for transportation they had it'd been very hard to communicate, a necessary condition for speaking a common language.

Reginaldo Afonso Bobato

hace 5 a帽os #28

Sobre todo cuando las fronteras de Estados Unidos con M茅xico se inclinan con la ejecuci贸n del tren de alta velocidad que conectar谩 estos dos pa铆ses como el resto de todos los Ame'ricas

Reginaldo Afonso Bobato

hace 5 a帽os #27

Especially when the US borders with Mexico are tipped with the implementation of the bullet train that will connect these two countries as the rest of all Ame'ricas

Reginaldo Afonso Bobato

hace 5 a帽os #26

Principalmente quando as fronteiras dos Estados Unidos com o M茅xico forem derrubadas com a implanta莽茫o do trem bala que ligar谩 estes dois pa铆ses como o restante de todas as Ame麓ricas
I am glad I no longer live in Miami. I left in 1996.

Maria Merino

hace 5 a帽os #24

Cuando fu铆 a Miami de vacaciones la primera vez pens茅 que todo el mundo hablaba ingles , y me sorprend铆 de la cantidad de gente que habla espa帽ol all谩.

Nick Mlatchkov

hace 5 a帽os #23

Mosquitoes containing the Zika virus have been located in the Miami area!
When I lived in the Miami area, there was Spanish and Spanglish spoken. One really needs to know Spanish in many parts of the world. IMO, it's obvious being bilingual is necessary. I best get busy with Duolingo.

Lisa Gallagher

hace 5 a帽os #21

Hola Javier beBee Le Lisa Loco and I'm sure that wasn't the way to type it. I didn't use google translation for that one LOL. It should be interesting to see. I think every school should teach Spanish from 1st grade on up. A. It's MUCH easier to learn when younger, B. Many countries teach English as a second language. I see so many buzzes in Spanish that look interesting because I understand a few words but I can't read them. I hope to learn more with time.

Matt Sweetwood

hace 5 a帽os #20

I'll bet against this happening. And I hope I will still be alive to pay off the bet. ;-)

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #19

David Grinberg America is great because of diversity. I really love it !

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #18

David Grinberg America is great beacuse of diversity. I REALLY LOVE IT

Pedro 馃悵 Casanova

hace 5 a帽os #17

Well....see what am saying???? You know....

Pedro 馃悵 Casanova

hace 5 a帽os #16

IMHO in 2050 they will not be Spanish speakers in USA. They will be Spanglish speakers. or some evolution . It reminds me the movie Blade Runner even the date when that fiction happens was 2017 ( OMG next year ) Back to the point. I ve been living in US for some time. And nobody speaks spanish. We ...spaniards... get along but you need to know some english. Before you can understand some of the words. They are hundreds of words used by americans spanish speakers. that have no real meaning.in Spanish. They are rough translation of english. Let麓s do a quiz to those that speak spanish here . And latinos ( US ) can corroborate the translation. Please someone from Spain translate this... .... fuimos con mi ruca en el carro ...dandole ful chola hasta la marketa .... Well thats the spanish they will be talking in 2050 . Pero como dicen los neoyorricans.....ella es bien nais ( nice) Que tu dices?

Mamen 馃悵 Delgado

hace 5 a帽os #15

Genial John White, MBA!!

John White, MBA

hace 5 a帽os #14

Mamen Delgado: estamos en el mismo lugar! Tu ingles y yo espa帽ol.

Dean Owen

hace 5 a帽os #13

If enough people say it, we begin to believe it is truth, but in fact Norway, Iceland and Sweden consistently rank tops in the Democracy Index, with the US currently ranked 20th.

Mamen 馃悵 Delgado

hace 5 a帽os #12

Woww David Grinberg, "Believe there are no limits..." Cervantes dixit. IMPRESSIVE!! 馃憦 Thanks for the quote!

Dean Owen

hace 5 a帽os #11

This could well become reality, but there is a looming danger. Just last week Trump said he would deport 2 million illegal immigrants within the first 2 hours of his presidency. Now obviously this is logistically impossible but I have no doubt a Trump presidency will derail these projections.

David B. Grinberg

hace 5 a帽os #10

One more point, Javier beBee, pertaining to the Cervantes Institute. I'm reminded of the timeless advice of Miguel de Cervantes 鈥 the 16th century Spanish novelist, poet and playwright 鈥 which profoundly influenced my own life. The great Cervantes once stated: "Believe there are no limits..." This quote is relevant to the current discussion of Hispanic assimilation in America because the USA has always been at its best when it fully accepts and embraces multi-ethnic diversity into all aspects of society. Thus, with the growing Hispanic population and influence in the USA -- buttressed by all the unique and positive attributes Latinos bring to America -- there certainly "are no limits" to how great the greatest democracy on Earth can become in the 21st century.

Mamen 馃悵 Delgado

hace 5 a帽os #9

That's something I really thank to beBee, to take my English out of the rusty drawer it used to be. In fact, when you appeared in my life I was about three years without using my English at all, and now every little day I write and read something in English. So thanks so much for this unexpected and wonderful secondary effect. 馃槈

David B. Grinberg

hace 5 a帽os #8

Thank you Javier beBee for your astute analysis and important insights about the skyrocketing growth of Spanish in general, and Hispanics in the USA in particular. Hispanics/Latinos are indeed the fastest growing demographic group in America, with growing political and socioeconomic influence, as well as purchasing power as a prime consumer base. Furthermore, America is fast becoming a so-called "minority-majority" nation, in which the combined number of traditional minority groups outnumber non-minorities. This is already a demographic fact is most major U.S. cities. Moreover, as you point out per the Census Bureau, this population trend will dominate America for decades to come. Therefore, it's in the best interest of all Americans to learn more about multiculturalism and all of the the unique contributions Hispanic Americans are making to every aspect of society in the USA. Thank you, Javier, for this excellent overview.

CityVP Manjit

hace 5 a帽os #7

For a long time Google got fixated on being a social network and trying to be a Facebook but Google Plus isn't what Google really is, and where Google is being what it really is, that is the reason why it now needs a holding company Alphabet to hold all those assets that are a full expression of what Google is, as well as what it can be through smart acquisition such as Android. When it comes to Spanish in the US, an anecdotal footnote is that when I visit my family California, they speak three language, but they don't speak my mother tongue Punjabi or my first language English but Spanish with each other. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/08/13/spanish-is-the-most-spoken-non-english-language-in-u-s-homes-even-among-non-hispanics/

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #6

John White, MBA it is really difficult to imagine. But I can imagine beBee overtaking LI perfectly :)

CityVP Manjit

hace 5 a帽os #5

Ironically I was looking at my college continuing and professional studies guide and noting the the three Spanish courses offered, but unfortunately they are held at the other two campus locations and not the campus I attend https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/products/spanish.aspx but in reality if I really want to learn Spanish then I would be doing more to decipher a Spanish buzz, rather than put it through Google Translate https://translate.google.com/ - so that by itself tells me that I have yet to find the will to speak a third language. Not that I have not tried before, but I quickly gave up French, Italian and lasted less than 2 hours in my first Spanish class when I was younger and living in England. When I know I am ready to learn, I will learn Spanish. I recognize the domination of Spanish in the United States and I have always said that the first in-road into the US market is to operate with one's strengths and in beBee's case, Spanish is indeed the core strength. My concern is that I have seen Spanish and Portuguese speakers apologize for their English, when it should be apologizing for not even making a basic effort to learn Spanish. The attitude to English infers something about one's education and I think that this is an unnecessary complex and I enjoy relating to people who respond to me in the native language - and for sure it is OK that they explain why, though for me it is not necessary and one can extensive discussions about "mother tongue" or "first language" http://linguaphiles.livejournal.com/4596141.html - ultimately language is not what you speak, but what language you think in. With fellow bees like Jos\u00e9 Brito e Silva I like the fact that they respond back to me in the language that they think with, that is the ultimate respect for me and such respect will hopefully be the norm one day, rather than exception.

John White, MBA

hace 5 a帽os #4

One thing is for sure, your English is getting much better, Javier beBee! Felicidades y buen hecho!

John White, MBA

hace 5 a帽os #3

I'm not so sure. While it is clear that Spanish is the second language of the US, still most don't speak it. In fact, most 2nd generation Hispanics don't speak it proficiently. The problem I see is that our Spanish programs in schools are mostly horrible. (I used to be a Spanish teacher, so I know first-hand). While Spanish will continue to grow faster than all other foreign languages, I can't forsee it ever being more widely spoken than English in the USA.

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #2

Y qu茅 bonito es nuestro idioma Ruth Tarrag\u00f3 Gua\u00f1abens :)

Javier 馃悵 CR

hace 5 a帽os #1

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