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The Futures of Spanish and English

July 29, 2009 2 Comments »

A few years ago, the findings of a study were released that set off a bit of an uproar in the . The study contended that as of July 1st, 2050, the United States will have more than any other country in the world. More than , more than Colombia, more than . The results have since been refuted, with some claiming that - immigrants will have become “Anglicized” and others pointing out the fact that the study was conducted by the Institute, a chain of schools.

However a different study released by a somewhat more credible source, the EFE news agency, may come to many as even more surprising. By the year 2030, Spanish will have surpassed Hindi and English to become the second most spoken language in the world, trailing only Mandarin . This report predicts that the number of people in the world whose native language is Spanish will surge from 5.7% to 7.5%.

Will either of these forecasts hold true? Vamos a ver.

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