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English Proficiency by Language (California, 2012)

Ability to speak English by language spoken at home, population 5 years and older, California 2012.

  • 44.8% of Californians who speak Spanish at home speak English less than "very well."
     
  • Nearly half (49%) of Californians who speak Asian or Pacific Island languages at home speak English less than "very well."

Language Spoken at Home,
California, 2012

Percentage Who Speak English Less than "Very Well" within Specified Language Group

Spanish or Spanish Creole (details below)

44.8%

Asian and Pacific Islander Languages (details below)

49.0%

Other Indo-European Languages (details below)

32.1%

Other Languages (details below)

34.5%

 

 

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Spanish or Spanish Creole

10,134,470

4,543,801

44.8%

 

Asian and Pacific
Islander Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Chinese

1,064,201

597,615

56.2%

Japanese

139,334

61,762

44.3%

Korean

384,596

223,904

58.2%

Mon-Khmer,
Cambodian

82,674

43,151

52.2%

Hmong

76,517

33,899

44.3%

Thai

48,313

27,812

57,6%

Laotian

36,710

18,384

50.1%

Vietnamese

522,212

312,376

59.8%

Other Asian
languages

153,369

45,828

29.9%

Tagalog

770,457

256,348

33.3%

Other Pacific
Island languages

120,386

43,114

35.8%

Total

3,398,769

1,664,193

49.0%

 

Other Indo-
European
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

French

127,553

20,682

16.2%

French Creole

6,239

1,235

19.8%

Italian

62,647

13,896

22.2%

Portuguese or
Portuguese
Creole

78,780

23,756

30.2%

German

112,094

15,206

13.6%

Yiddish

3,540

604

17.1%

Other West
Germanic
languages

25,978

3,311

12.7%

Scandinavian
languages

23,511

2,200

9.4%

Greek

23,681

4,539

19.2%

Russian

153,328

74,243

48.4%

Polish

19,618

5,623

28.7%

Serbo-Croatian

23,645

6,588

27.9%

Other Slavic
languages

35,492

14,337

40.4%

Armenian

195,347

95,806

49.0%

Persian

193,136

74,419

38.5%

Gujarati

42,792

12,743

29.8%

Hindi

150,388

29,727

19.8%

Urdu

45,591

12,743

29.8%

Other Indic
languages

187,530

72,908

38.9%

Other Indo-
European
languages

46,990

16,106

34.3%

Total

1,557,880

500,672

32.1%

 

Other
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Navajo

1,402

259

18.5%

Other Native
North American
languages

6,199

775

12.5%

Hungarian

12,612

4,129

32.7%

Arabic

159,348

61,931

38.9%

Hebrew

40,763

6,872

16.9%

African
languages

70,702

22,545

31.9%

Other and
unspecified
languages

38,976

17,198

44.1%

Total

330,002

113,709

34.5%

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