The challenges of translating the U.S. census questionnaire into Arabic
In 2020, census questionnaires may for the first time be offered in Arabic, now the fastest-growing language in the U.S. But the Census Bureau faces a challenge not only in translating the language but also in adjusting the appearance of the questionnaire for those accustomed to reading and writing Arabic script.
The Nation’s Latino Population Is Defined by Its Youth
Nearly six-in-ten U.S. Hispanics are Millennials or younger, making them the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. In 2014, the median age of Hispanics was just 28 years.
Rise in English proficiency among U.S. Hispanics is driven by the young
in 2014, 88% of Latinos ages 5 to 17 said they either speak only English at home or speak English “very well,” up from 73% in 2000.
Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States
There were a record 42.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014, making up 13.2% of the nation’s population.
Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States
Is speaking Spanish necessary to be Hispanic? Most Hispanics say no
During Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Marco Rubio questioned (in English) whether Ted Cruz speaks Spanish. Cruz responded in Spanish with a challenge to Rubio to discuss their views on immigration in that language. Rubio’s confrontation with Cruz, who recently became the first Hispanic to win the Iowa caucuses, was interpreted by some […]
Wikipedia at 15: Millions of readers in scores of languages
A Pew Research Center analysis of the most visited pages in each language in 2015 tells a story about how the various versions are used.
More than any other foreign language, European youths learn English
The European Union is awash with languages, but European students study one foreign language far more than any other.
Many U.S. Catholics will understand Pope Francis’ Spanish-language Mass
A majority of all Hispanic adults identify as Catholic and a large majority of Hispanic Catholics speak Spanish fluently. Eight-in-ten Hispanic Catholics use mostly Spanish or are bilingual. In fact, they are more likely to be Spanish speakers than non-Catholic Hispanics (68%).
Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America
Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9.