Chinese is the 3rd most common Language in the USA

Did you know the most commonly used langauges in the USA? Of course English is #1 and Spanish is #2. What about 3, 4 and 5?

#3 Chinese (2 million people) #4 French (1.6 million people) #5 German (1.4 million people)

Shall we keep going. Can you guess the next 5?

#6 Tagalog (1.2 million people) #7 Vietnamiese (1 million people) #8 Italian (1 million people) #9 Korean (0.9 million people) #10 Russian (0.7 million people)

Those are taken from the 2000 census and I would be willing to bet Chinese is much higher now and French and German somewhat lower. Note, those are not population numbers. They are the number of people that speak a particular language at home. The number of people of say Chinese ancestry would be higher.

Add in Canada and French and Chinese swap places for all of North America. In Canada #1 is English, #2 French, #3 Chinese.

What languages are you including in your game?

  • Mysterious
    I was surprised that Chinese…..

    ….was the third most common language…I mean 2 million people!!!!!!

    By the way….anyone know what Tagalog is????

    Great website.

    Have a nice day everyone.

  • Tagalog (pronounced tah-gah-low NOT tag-a-log!) is the native language of the Philippines

  • IAmTheWalrus

    Actually, American Sign Language is the 3rd most common language.

  • I beg to differ.. you pronounce it as ta-ga-log. Being able to speak it, I should know 🙂

  • Bogy

    I will say Arabic language is the third spoken . for the fact there is more than 8 million people used Arabic in the usa

  • The problem in writing about this is what I write and what you read are different things.

    I’ve heard non Filipinos say Tag-A-Log (rhymes with “Bag A Frog”). That is clearly wrong. 

    There’s also the issue of native speakers being brought up in the language and don’t recognize the subtleties of their own pronunciations. For example, ask a Japan person to tell you how to pronounce “suki” and they will say slowly say “sue …. key”. But actually listen to them in normal speech as an English speaker and you’ll clearly hear they are saying “ski”, the “u” is dropped. Except to a Japanese person there is no concept of a dropped “u” so they think they are saying “sue key”. Maybe from some POV they are but it’s not useful to a non-speaker in explaining how to sound fluent.

    Similarly, listen to videos of Filipinos saying “Tagalog” on youtube. The final g is so soft it’s hardly said at all. As there is no way of saying a nearly unspoken ‘g’ in English then if you want to tell an English speaking person how to say Tagalog you tell them “tah-gah-low” or “taw-gaw-low” because it will get them closer than tah-gah-loG”.