Indian regional language Telugu fastest growing language in USA
According to the by an American think tank ,Telugu is the
fastest growing language in the USA.
According to the World Economic Forum ,the number of US
residents speaking Telugu rose by 86 % between 2010 and 2017.
Presently, Telugu is fourth most spoken language in India.
It is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken
languages other than English in the USA.
The study on languages spoken in the US used data from the
American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke
a language other than English at home in 2010 and 2017.
Last year there were more than 400,000 Telugu speakers in
the US - nearly double the number in 2010.
Out of the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America,
seven are from South Asia.
The rise of Telugu was connected to the links forged between
Hyderabad and the US engineering and technology industries, Prasad Kunisetty,
founder of the Telugu People Foundation, a non-profit organisation in the US,
was quoted as saying.
The rapid growth of IT in the mid-1990s led to a huge demand
for software engineers, he said.
Many were recruited from Hyderabad, which sends students to
the US in large numbers.
Down the years, Telugu-speaking Americans have continued to
hire software engineers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the BBC said.
Notable US-based Telugu speakers include the first
Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and the current Microsoft CEO Satya
Of the more than 60 million people that speak a language
other than English out of the total population of about 320 million, the vast
majority speak Spanish.
Out of the most commonly spoken South Asian languages, Hindi
is first, followed by Urdu, Gujarati and then Telugu.