Non-Latinos More Likely To Speak Spanish In Future, Report Finds


It seems like more and more people are speaking español in the United States! However, new research suggests that many of these speakers are non-Latino! 

A new Pew Research study suggests that the rate of Latinos learning Spanish is on the decline, while the amount of non-Latinos who speak Spanish is increasing. 

“On the one hand, the number of Spanish speakers is projected to grow to about 40 million by 2020. This reflects Hispanic population growth and  a large number of non-Hispanics who will also speak Spanish,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center.

CNN reports that this follows similar immigration trends. As migrant families become more established in a new country, future generations stop using their native language in order to adapt to their new surroundings.

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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