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Language Facts

Most of the world's population is bilingual or multilingual. (Linguistic Society of America)


There are roughly 7,000 living languages on Earth. (Linguistic Society of America)


About one quarter of American English-speaking adults can hold a conversation in a second language. (Gallup)


About 21 percent of Americans aged five and older speak a language other than English at home. (U.S. Census Bureau)


English is by far the most widely studied second language on Earth with an estimated 1.5 billion learners. (Washington Post)


The majority of English-speaking Americans who can speak a second language speak Spanish. (Gallup)


Chinese has the most native speakers. (Washington Post)


English is used as an official language by 35 countries. (Washington Post)

Bilingualism in the U.S.