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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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confused as to why nos falamos portuguese, which is the 2nd most common language in greater boston, is listed as having fewer speakers than chinese and only a few thousand more than ha´tian-krey˛l.
It is language spoken at home. Being born somewhere doesn't automatically mean you speak the language at home. My friend in Chicago is from Portugal. Moved to the US to go to college. Although he's fluent in Portuguese, he speaks English at home because his wife is from the US, and his kids were born in the US. He never cared to teach his wife or kids Portuguese.
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Old Today, 08:10 AM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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^ i rarely hear manderin or cantonese out and about...
i'm haitian-american so obviously i hear krey˛l everyday. and i know a few portuguese and cap-verdean (as well as sicilian) parents that dont speak english so the stats are surprising.
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Old Today, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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^ i rarely hear manderin or cantonese out and about...
i'm haitian-american so obviously i hear krey˛l everyday. and i know a few portuguese and cap-verdean (as well as sicilian) parents that dont speak english so the stats are surprising.
Again, it's about the language spoken at home - not outside. Just because someone is not speaking language X at your cafe doesn't mean they aren't speaking it at home.
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Old Today, 09:07 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Nearly half of Greater Miami's households speak a language other than English at home, and nearly half a million of them aren't speaking Spanish.
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