Non-Latinos More Likely To Speak Spanish In Future, Report Finds

Pew research seems to confirm this. A previous studydiscovered that third-generation Hispanics are more likely to be English-dominant than immigrant Hispanics. The research suggested that speaking Spanish at home was not vital to this generation of Latinos. 

Lopez said, “But, even though the number of Spanish speakers is projected to grow, among Hispanics, the share that speak Spanish is projected to fall from about 75% now to 66% in 2020,” he said. 

Meanwhile, many non-Latinos are learning Spanish because of the advantages of being bilingual, such as increased mental flexibility and job growth. Pew found that Spanish use has become an everyday part of life for many people. The report states that Spanish is spoken by more non-Hispanics in the U.S. than any other non-English language.

However, the future of Spanish-speaking Latinos is not all lost: a 2012 Pew Research Hispanic Trends project found that 95% of Hispanic adults said it is important that future generations of Latinos speak Spanish.

What do you think? Do you speak Spanish? Will you be teaching your children the language?