Tagalog is now the second most commonly spoken foreign language in California.
Known as the gateway for Asian immigrants in the United States, California has 2.1 percent or 832,024 Tagalog speakers, according to the latest study by 24/7 Wall St.
The report used data from the United States Census Bureau’s 2015 American Consumer Survey in identifying the most commonly spoken language in each state.
The survey did not include Spanish, which is the top most common language spoken language in almost all of the states in the U.S.
Aside from California, Tagalog is also the most commonly spoken foreign language after Spanish in Nevada and Washington.
Other widely spoken languages include Chinese, Vietnamese, German and French.
The cultural mix is different in each state due to several factors. Listed below are the most spoken languages in the 10 largest states by population:
• California — Tagalog
• Texas — Vietnamese
• Florida — French Creole
• New York — Chinese
• Illinois — Polish
• Pennsylvania — Chinese
• Ohio — German
• Georgia — Korean
• North Carolina — French
• Michigan — Arabic
Filipinos have one of the longest histories of immigration to the United States, dating back to as early as 1587 when Filipino slaves alighted Spanish galleon ships and landed in what is now known as Morro Bay, California. This made the Filipinos the first Asians on U.S. soil, according to a publication by American Psychological Association, citing an excerpt from the book “Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans” by F. Cordova, published in 1983.
To date, 3.4 million Filipinos are estimated to be living in the U.S., making them the second largest Asian group in America.
Back in the Philippines, a quarter of the Filipino population speaks Tagalog as their first language. The country has eight major dialects which include Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo), Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, and Waray. (AJPress)