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Of course there are Americans who speak a full language, but the education system in places like Alabama brings the average down quite a bit.

By: Xordic 18th March 2019

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2 years ago #9853905        
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Ironically, in second place is the guy who never speaks.


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3 years ago #9819821        
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There even are places where English completely disappears.
Why, in America, they haven't spoken it for years!


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2 years ago #9856953        
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Having been born in Alabama I can say this is true. However give some credit to Mississippi for bringing down the average as well.

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2 years ago #9842395        
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Given i live in the USA and work retail I have some languages i can't even understand coming through the store that do not sound like anything that remotely sounds like a known language. Some people here seem to speak soly in grunts, screams, and swears.

3 years ago #9827407        
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I don't think the survey counts first languages. Hence the low US numbers.

I'm doing my part to raise those figures though; Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and working on Mandarin.


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4 years ago #9815535        
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as an american, can confirm XP

since americans have to pay for education and i cant afford it, im teaching myself japanese using things like memrise.com and the Genki workbooks; its slow-going having no guidance but i know at least a little bit of it, so i can tentatively claim i know 1 language after adding everything up XDD

8 months ago #9872354        
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Either we have too many young children or the people thought it was languages that you know other than your first language. AMERICA HOW!?!?!?

At least we're bringing the average up ;)

4 years ago #9817523        
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I have a friend that can speak 4 languages. I love to joke around and told her I could speak two languages. "English and Bad English." I honestly thought she was gonna kill me.


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4 years ago #9814708        
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Really, I think the .07 is generous! LOL

4 months ago #9874916        
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Hi! Where did you get the numbers?

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