A Majority of Latinos Believe They Need to Learn English to Be Successful But Should Speak Spanish as Well

 The Pew Research Center 2011 National Survey of Latinos reports on the beliefs of Latinos about the English and Spanish language:

  • Hispanics believe learning English is important. Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) Hispanics say adult Hispanic immigrants need to learn English to succeed in the U.S.
  • Hispanics also want future U.S. Hispanic generations to speak Spanish. Fully 95% of Hispanics believe it is very important (75%) or somewhat important (20%) for future generations of Hispanics in the U.S. to be able to speak Spanish.

(Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martínez and Gabriel Velasco, Pew Research Center, 2011 National Survey of Latinos , April 4, 2012)

Although there is a strong demand for learning English, a majority of Latinos want to maintain their Spanish as well. 


Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
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