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PostSubject: Language   May 21st 2014, 3:07 pm

Other than English, Spanish is the most spoken language in almost all U.S. states. But watch what happens when you remove Both from the equation. Now there is the melting pot.

In Michigan, Arabic clocks in as the third most commonly spoken language.

In Minnesota, it's Hmong.

In Oregon, it's Russian.

It's Vietnamese in four states – Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Washington.

It's a Filipino language called Tagalog in Hawaii, California, and Nevada.

In four states, its Native American languages.

It's French in 11 states.

And in 16 states, it's German. If you're surprised at that number, according to recent census measures of countries of ancestry, people of German heritage outnumber all other groups in the United States – even Irish! Remember, until World War I, by some accounts, German was the second most widely spoken language in all of the United States. And that tradition seems to linger.



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PostSubject: Re: Language   May 21st 2014, 7:22 pm

When my father (born in 1920) was a kid, he went to a elementary school where the nuns only spoke German. He also used to tell us he remember opium dens were legal but he only remembers seeing Chinese people there. He lived in Newark, NJ, which in its heyday was a very nice city.

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PostSubject: Re: Language   May 21st 2014, 9:29 pm

What they are calling French in La. and Miss. isn't French. It's cajun/creole. It has roots in French, but it also has roots in Spanish and some African languages.

Jambalaya and Gumbo are African words, for example. It's a hodge podge mix of all three.

New Orleans was a port to everywhere back in the early days, and cajun/creole language is a result of it. Cajun cooking is a mixture of all that too. African, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

I can understand what they are saying because I grew up around it, but I can't speak much of it.
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