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April 25, 2005

Many Languages, One America

There are currently more than 300 languages being spoken in the U.S., according to recent research. "Many Languages, One America," a report published last month by the Washington-based US English Foundation, was based on the 2000 census. The citizens' action group, founded in 1983 by the late Senator S.I. Hayakawa, an immigrant of Japanese descent, supports making English the official national language of the U.S. "We must continue to overcome our differences to become one people behind one flag and work to uphold a multi-accented common language, English," said chairman Mauro E Mujica. the report gives detailed information on a state-by-state basis as well by individual cities and languages. On a related note, Internet provider AOL is collaborating with Berlitz to offer Hispanic subscribers in the US free English lessons. Subscribers to AOL Latino will be able to download a 100-hour learning package offered by eBerlitz English.
Many Languages, One America

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