Study after study shows how Spanish is set to become the de facto language of the United States. Words like adios, hola, and nada are commonplace in America. Chiles, quesadillas, and enchiladas are more popular than any other food in the country. Here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the influence of the Spanish language in the US:
• Spanish may become a popular language, but most of those speakers will not be Hispanics (source: CNN.com quoted from the Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Centre).
• The US will become the largest Spanish speaking country in the world by 2050.
• There was a time when teachers stuck tape on Latin American children’s mouth for speaking in Spanish. Today, parents actively encourage their children to learn by enrolling them into Spanish classes for kids.
• However, immigrant children of Latin American parents are less likely to speak the language thanks to the years of shaming and the linking of immigration problems to them (source: CNN.com, “Spanish Declining Among Hispanics”).
• Many non-Latino celebrities, like Ben Affleck, David Beckham, and Gwyneth Paltrow, speak Spanish fluently. In fact, Spanish is the language of Hollywood.
• Around 3.3 million students have opted for Spanish as their foreign language choice in schools (source: USA Today).
• Former President George Bush surprised everyone when he became the first president to deliver his radio address in English followed by Spanish.