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French is the third language in the USA

I don’t know how reliable this is, but through Didier, I learned that French is the third language spoken in the US. Here are the numbers:

Rank Language Speakers
1 English 215,423,555
2 Spanish 28,100,725
3 French 1,606,790
4 Chinese 1,499,635

It seems amazing that Chinese would not greatly outnumber French. Go figure!