Latinos in the U.S. Are Struggling to Keep Their Kids Speaking Spanish

Latinos in the U.S. Are Struggling to Keep Spanish
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Speaking Spanish at home is something that is disappearing for the next generation. 

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In 2014, 37 percent of Hispanic between the ages of 5 and 17 only spoke English at home, according to the Pew Research Center. Latinos in the U.S. are struggling to keep their younger children speaking Spanish at home. 

“The Hispanic population is diverse and diverse in a number of ways,” Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center, told Fox News Latino. “Not all Hispanics speak Spanish and not all speak English. But unless there is a new infusion of immigrants, the share that speaks only English at home is likely to rise in coming years.”

Seventy-three percent of Latinos still speak Spanish in their homes and it's been proven that it's important for future generations to continue speaking Spanish. 

“This is only the beginning of the story of Hispanics becoming more like Americans generally,” Lopez said.

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Being bilingual is something that is valued so we need to continue to keep that alive.