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Chinese language and its various dialects are spoken throughout the United States, many of the Chinese live in Chinatowns, like this one in downtown Manhattan. According to data reported on the 2000 US Census long-form, 259,750 people spoke “Cantonese”, with 58. California and the next most with 16. The actual number of Cantonese speakers was probably higher.
In New York City, although Standard Mandarin Chinese is spoken as a native language among only ten percent of Chinese speakers, it is used as a secondary dialect and is replacing Cantonese as their lingua franca. Although Chinese Americans grow up learning English, some teach their children Chinese for a variety of reasons including preservation of an ancient civilization, preservation of a unique identity, pride in their cultural ancestry, desire for easy communication with them and other relatives, and the perception that Chinese will be a useful language as China’s economic strength increases. Chinese-speakers in the United States live in California. Languages Spoken at Home: 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2007″. Detailed Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for Persons 5 Years and Over –50 Languages with Greatest Number of Speakers: United States 1990″. United States Bureau of the Census. 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates: Language spoken at home by ability to speak English for the population 5 years and over”.
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