Indian regional language Telugu fastest growing language in USA

Highlights:

  • 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 Nadella.
  • 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.
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