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Languages of the US

Languages of the US

A report from the Census Bureau offers an interactive, online map of languages spoken in homes in the US:

The U.S. Census Bureau today released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages.

The 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how many people speak each of 15 different languages. For each language, the mapper shows the concentration of those who report that they speak English less than “very well,” a measure of English proficiency. The tool uses data collected through the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011.

“This map makes it easy for anyone to plan language services in their community,” said Nancy Potok, the Census Bureau’s acting director. “Businesses can tailor communications to meet their customers’ needs. Emergency responders can use it to be sure they communicate with people who need help. Schools and libraries can offer courses to improve English proficiency and offer materials written in other languages.”

The languages available in the interactive map include Spanish, French, French Creole, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Arabic.

What languages does your church use?

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Roberta Karstetter

At Christ Episcopal, Delavan, WI, we offer signed services (sign language interpreter) on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, and on Christmas, Holy Week & Easter Services, and other times by advance request. The WI School for the Deaf is located in Delavan, and we have several parish members who worship with us.

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