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Old 05-06-2018, 08:12 AM
 
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A lot of educated Brazilians, in addition to speaking Portuguese will speak English and Spanish. Plurilingualism exists of course through the regions in different forms. Paraguays speak Spanish and Guarani (bilingual) and those well educated will also speak English.

Many Bolivians and some Peruvians speak Quechua or Aymara, in addition to speaking Spanish. Various Native languages are spoken in Mexico, in addition to Spanish. Some rural people in these areas won't speak Spanish at all or will speak it poorly. People on San Andreas Island speak Jamaican Creole, English, and Spanish. People in Belize speak Creole, English, and Spanish and some speak Native languages. Haitians are scattering across Latin America, and obviously in their new countries they learn Spanish.

A lot of Argentines have European passports (because a parent or a grandparent is from Europe) so depending on the person's family they may speak Italian or German.

Any examples of plurilingualism I'm leaving out in Latin America?
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Old 05-06-2018, 06:29 PM
 
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It is estimated that only 7% of Brazilians speak a little English. In a country of more than 200 million, that's more than 10 million. But much of them only speaks sentences, don't have real fluency.
In some parts of the interior of southern Brazil people also speak ancient dialects of German, such as Pomeranian, or ancient dialects of Italy, such as Talian (Brazilian Venetian)
Natives also keep some indigenous languages alive, although the vast majority of them have not survived.
In Candomblé cults, African languages are used in chants and the like.
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:26 PM
 
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It is estimated that only 7% of Brazilians speak a little English. In a country of more than 200 million, that's more than 10 million. But much of them only speaks sentences, don't have real fluency.
In some parts of the interior of southern Brazil people also speak ancient dialects of German, such as Pomeranian, or ancient dialects of Italy, such as Talian (Brazilian Venetian)
Natives also keep some indigenous languages alive, although the vast majority of them have not survived.
In Candomblé cults, African languages are used in chants and the like.
The same for Santeria in Cuba and other African based religions in parts of Americas. They use Yoruba and other African languages in the ceremonies.
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:38 PM
 
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if the rest of the Caribbean counts, St Lucia & Dominica speak English and Creole French. In the ABC islands, everyone speaks Papiamentu, and most speak Dutch, Spanish, and English.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:52 PM
 
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Why do we have to keep making up new words? What is the difference between plurlingualism (which my spellcheck flags) and multilingualism?

I lived in Latin America for three years, and the only place where I ever thought I could get by without Spanish was Venezuela. It is probably easier to get by on Spanish only in the USA, than with English only in South America. The USA is more "plurilingual" than any country in Latin America, even Mexico.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:34 AM
 
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if the rest of the Caribbean counts, St Lucia & Dominica speak English and Creole French. In the ABC islands, everyone speaks Papiamentu, and most speak Dutch, Spanish, and English.
Yes the rest of the Caribbean counts.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:37 AM
 
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Why do we have to keep making up new words? What is the difference between plurlingualism (which my spellcheck flags) and multilingualism?

I lived in Latin America for three years, and the only place where I ever thought I could get by without Spanish was Venezuela. It is probably easier to get by on Spanish only in the USA, than with English only in South America. The USA is more "plurilingual" than any country in Latin America, even Mexico.
There are Native groups in Venezuela who speak a Native language as their primary tongue. Spanish or Portuguese is not the primary tongue of everyone in Latin America. Not everything is about English or Spanish.

And yes, there are parts of Latin America with high levels of English speakers. San Andreas Islands they speak Jamaican Creole, English, and Spanish. Belize they speak Creole, English, and Spanish.

Tourists areas in Latin America will have a number of English speakers.
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