Language Spoken at Home (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2016)
- English only – 237.8 million.
- Spanish – 40.5 million.
- Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese) – 3.4 million.
- Tagalog (including Filipino) – 1.7 million.
- Vietnamese – 1.5 million.
- Arabic – 1.2 million.
- French – 1.2 million.
- Korean – 1.1 million.
Similarly one may ask, what language do they speak in the United States?
Nearly two-thirds of people who speak a language other than English at home speak Spanish (37.6 million). The third most-spoken language is Chinese (2.9 million), followed by Tagalog (1.6 million), Vietnamese (1.4 million), French (1.3 million), German (1.1 million), and Korean (1.1 million).
When did English become the official language of the United States?
* Legend has it that English only defeated German by a single vote to become the official language of the United States, in a 1795 Congressional debate. * Until now, America has never had an official language. Before World War I, more than 6 per cent of US primary school children were taught in German.
Is English the official language of the US?
A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the US has no official language. In fact, common languages spoken throughout the 13 colonies included Dutch, French and German, not to mention the many languages spoken by Native Americans.