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December 14, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, December 14th. Among other special observances being noted in December is Learn a Foreign Language Month, with the goal of getting people to broaden their outlook on the world by taking a course in another language. Increasingly, many different languages are heard across the nation. In the U.S., nearly 61 million people over age 5, or 21 percent, speak a language other than English at home. The leading non-English language is Spanish at nearly 37 million. It's a long drop to second place, held by the several Chinese variants at 2.8 million. Other languages spoken in over 1 million households each are Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French and German. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <>.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: November 24, 2014