today’s KisP fun facts

And I was recently preparing to learn Spanish…

Arabic is the fastest growing language in the U.S., with the number of Arabic speakers growing by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

Over the longer period from 2000 to 2014, the number of Arabic speakers in the U.S. nearly doubled, rising from 615,000 in 2000 to 1.1 million by 2014, according to the study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

As a result, census questionnaires will be available in Arabic for the first time in 2020…

8 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (Brother, you asked for it!)
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 8:53 am |

    It’s all fun and games until somebody loses a head.

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 8:59 am |

    What’s Arabic for “Drop your weapon”?

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 10:53 am |

    English only as official language. Doan speaka englise? Tough shit.
    End of story.

  4. bocopro
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm |

    Well, nice to have more people who can read the hate literature, but can they pick out the nuances from the slanguage?

    And . . . Arabic doesn’t sit particularly well in the American ear, with its uvular fricatives, glottal jerks, ululating, and fun with phlegm.

    If any of my grandkritters ask me which furrin langwidge to become good at, which they already have, I’ll suggest Mandarin, which I already have.

    China has provided mankind with infinitely more innovations than Arabia, which came up with Al Jabr, which nobody uses, and the concept of zero as a marker, which the Mayans understood as well, ’til the Spaniards burned all their codices.

    And many do not agree with our Alien-in-Chief that the muezzin’s evening call to prayer is the most beautiful and haunting sound imaginable by a human voice. I, for example, am not moved by caterwauling, in ANY language. Reminds me of a moonsick calf bellowing for its mother after spending too much time in the locoweed.

  5. mech
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm |

    Yes, time to make English the Official Language.

    Long past time.

  6. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm |

    bocopro^^
    Arabs didn’t invent the zero.
    The West got it from the Arabs, but the Arabs got it from further East.

    dick ^3, mech^
    You don’t need to make English the “official language,” you only have to direct that all gov’t transactions, correspondence, and forms will be in English and that translations will be on the non-speaker’s dime, not the taxpayers’.
    Hey, they knew we spoke English before they got on the boat/plane/raft/train/bus/donkey/Ski-Doo to come here.
    I think this would be a very noble and worthwhile service for service organizations to provide newbies and visitors.

    There are 6000-odd living languages and more’n 300 with at least a million speakers.
    Ergo: melting pot, not diversity.

  7. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm |

    direct that all gov’t transactions, correspondence, and forms will be in English and that translations will be on the non-speaker’s dime, not the taxpayers’.
    Gazactly. That’s official. Now go learn English and assimilate.
    Else GTFO.

  8. ZZMike
    Posted June 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm |

    When you start from Zero, it’s easy to be the fastest-growing.

    In 2020, Census forms will be available in 137 different languages.