The Quick Guide To Bilingualism In The U.S.

While a majority of the U.S population spoke English in 2007, data reveals that the population that speaks a language other than English has been increasing for the past 30 years. While some may not like the sound of that, it does present the opportunity for those children to grow up as bilinguals.

For decades, bilingualism and learning a second language has had a negative connotation; however, scientists have begun to prove that there are many advantages to being bilingual — namely, it makes you smarter. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

Bilingualism in the US

  • Spanish is the most spoken non-english language in the US
  • Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Korean are all on the rise
  • Italian and Yiddish are in decline
  • Bilingualism offers many benefits, including improved cognitive skills, better multitasking, and delayed Alzheimer’s disease.

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2 Comments

  1. ICAL TEFL

    February 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I don’t understand. This post is entitled “The Quick Guide To Learning A Second Language” but it’s got nothing to do with that. What gives?

  2. Kimberly

    February 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Did the original investigators look into the number of homes that use American Sign Language in the home? I think those numbers need to be counted somewhere as well. Spoken languages are not the only languages used in this country on a daily basis in homes, work, and social places.