December 28, 2007

Second-generation Latinos Fluent in English

88%

Nearly nine-in-ten second generation Latinos in the U.S. say they can carry on a conversation in English very well compared with only 23% of first-generation adult Latinos.

Of adult first-generation Latinos, just 23% say they can carry on a conversation in English very well; that share rises sharply, to 88%, among the second generation of adults, and to 94% among the third and higher generations. As English usage gains over generations, Spanish use dwindles but does not disappear. Among foreign-born Hispanics, 95% say they speak Spanish very well. Slightly more than half of the second generation (56%) say they speak Spanish very well, as do 29% of the later generations. But Spanish retains a foothold in the third generation and beyond, with 52% reporting they speak it at least pretty well. Read More