More positive evidence – Nearly nine out of ten Latino adults born in the US speak fluent English

November 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Yesterday the Pew Hispanic Center published a report that basically confirms what many of us in the Latino community already know… an overwhelming majority of US born Latinos are fluent in English. And about a quarter of Latino immigrants indicated that they speak English very well.

The propaganda machine tends to make it appear like we are unwilling to assimilate and learn English, but the empirical evidence once again shows otherwise. English is the language of power in this world, and Chinese will probably become an even more important language in business and commerce in the future. I don’t think that anyone has anything to worry about Latino Americans not acquiring the English language. After a few generations, most of us cease speaking Spanish altogether, which probably isn’t a good thing considering globalization.

Tags: English language · Immigration

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 michaelr // Dec 1, 2007 at 5:43 pm


  • 2 Hector // Dec 3, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    I agree thats common sense, but madrin will be the language of the future.

  • 3 La Ventanita // Dec 10, 2007 at 7:13 am

    I agree that most (if not all) of US born latinos speak English fluently, and that some of the foreign born learn English. I also agree that the rhetoric on both sides needs to be substituted with facts, and that the immigration debate needs to focus on all immigrants, not just Latino even if they are the majority.

    However, the propaganda machine is not too off the mark either; to discount it would be to
    tapar el sol con un dedo. Through my work, my husbands, and my best friend’s (who’s a lawyer at the EEOC), we run into many Latino immigrants (illegal or not) that not only do not speak English, they refuse to learn the language. Then you have enclaves such as Miami, where English is not even necessary for the foreign born.

    It is idealistic to believe or say that all immigrants want to come here to be a part of the US. Many of them want to integrate and believe in the American dream. But many of them as well couldn’t care less about the US and are here for just one purpose – make money to send back home.

    We as a nation need however, to reform the system so that those who want to come and be a part of the US have an easier way (My husband is going through his paperwork, but I’m a citizen so it’s quite easy though still long; we started the process on Sept 2003 and he’s still not a citizen), and those who don’t want to be a part of the US are kept at bay.

    Immigration is a not a black and white issue and I think that is why both sides find supporting information for their positions.

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