Telugu language enthusiasts have reason to celebrate the results of the American Community Survey statistics published by the United States Census Bureau. Telugu is the 20th most spoken language in the United States and is one of five foreign languages spoken at home by the inhabitants of this country.
These data were compiled from 2012 to 2016. More than one fifth of the total population, aged 5 and over, speaks a language other than English at home. This number increased from 20.3% between 2007 and 2011 to 21.1%. Among the Telugu in the United States, nearly 3.2 lakh prefer to speak Telugu at home. The highest concentration of Telugu speakers lived in California, followed by Texas and New Jersey.
About 60% also speak English very well and a large number of Telugu families fall into this category. In addition to Telugu, other languages spoken at home include Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil and Haitian, according to the US agency. While only 10 million people speak different Asian languages at home, Spa-nish speakers are four times more numerous. Nearly 40 million Hispanics live in the United States.
Hyderabad-based entrepreneur Bharat Yadma, who has lived in the United States for 18 years before traveling to India, said Indian families, including Telugu, prefer to speak in their native language for two reasons. “One of the reasons is that parents want kids to stay in touch with their roots, and the other reason is that Telugu parents want their kids to be very comfortable with the language, so they do not have to worry about it. difficulties in finding a job, even if they resettle in their home country, “he said.
Teacher. G.V.K. Reddy, HoD (Civil) at Vardhman Engineering College, said that the number of people speaking Telugu at home in the United States would continue to increase due to the availability of Telugu language training centers in temples in the United States and access to Telugu satellite channels and movies.
“Many immigrants strive hard to protect their unique identity by nurturing their mother tongue and culture, and parents go out of their way to teach their children their language and culture. During the weekend to learn Telugu language and classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Telugu’s patronage of the Telugu language in North America deserves to be emphasized in this regard, “said Mr. Reddy.
He added that Telugu families only talk in Telugu during meetings and celebrations. Katherine Hadda, US Consul General in Hyderabad, also tweeted about the growing popularity of the Telugu language in the United States. The US Census Bureau conducts the American Community Survey every four years and is the only source of small area statistics for social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics.