French is the third language in the USA

I don’t know how reliable this is, but through Didier, I learned that French is the third language spoken in the US. Here are the numbers:

Rank Language Speakers
1 English 215,423,555
2 Spanish 28,100,725
3 French 1,606,790
4 Chinese 1,499,635

It seems amazing that Chinese would not greatly outnumber French. Go figure!

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

3 thoughts on “French is the third language in the USA”

  1. The table above doesn’t have anything specific about languages spoken (except Spanish). That may just be because I’m suing though. In any case, do they make a difference between Mandarin and Cantonese? Or are the all lumped together. If they are, “Chinese” (as a language) should probably be the 3rd most-spoken language.

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