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Nation IN BRIEF : NATIONWIDE : 1 in 7 Don't Speak English at Home

April 28, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

One American in seven speaks a language other than English at home, a jump of more than one-third in just a decade, the Census Bureau said. The number of Chinese-speakers doubled in that time, while Italian, Polish and French are heard less often in the nation's living rooms. Nearly 32 million Americans greet the day with something other than "good morning." Seventeen million speak Spanish at home, the nation's most-used language after English. French, German, Italian and Chinese follow, with 1 million to 2 million speakers each, the 1990 census found.

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