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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Spanish as the Country's Unofficial Second Language

Oh my. More smoke and heat than light, not to mention, "More geese than swans"* My prediction? - in 25 years the English language will be alive and well and wonderfully enriched by the Spanish language. It will not be supplanted by Spanish as "the coin of the realm" unless uh, Chinese really takes off...

Spanish en los Estados Unidos adds to immigration heat
By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Politicians use it to win votes, the business community to boost profits and sizeable numbers of Americans see it is a threat to American culture --

Spanish in the United States.

There are more Spanish speakers in the United States than, for example, in the whole of Venezuela, according to census figures. First-time visitors to the United States are perpetually astonished by how pervasive the language has become. It is the country's unofficial second language. Read on...

*
The silver swan, who living had no note,
When death approach'd, unlock'd her silent throat;
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more.
Farewell, all joys; O Death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.
-Anonymous- 16th Century

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