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Your Ultimate Guide to The Languages of California!

Languages of California: a worm's eye view of the Golden Gate bridge at dusk

The most populous state in the Union, California is naturally home to a wide array of languages. Yet the languages of California are more numerous and more diverse than almost every other US state combined!

With over 200 different languages spoken in the state, some are understandably more spoken than others, with some languages having billions of speakers worldwide, whilst others have fewer than ten speakers located solely in California.

Official Language of California

Though Spanish was once the official language of California shortly after becoming a state, and remains a widely spoken language (with all state documents also being produced in Spanish), the sole official language of the state is…

English – 20.5 Million

Spanish (Semi-Official) – 10.7 Million

Native American Languages of California

Sadly, as with most of the Native American Languages still spoken in the US, California’s Native American languages are facing extinction, including the ones the state is trying to revive through language revitalization programs!

Luiseño – 2,500

Yurok – 350 (Formerly Extinct)

Yuma – 290

Chukchansi – 8

Foreign Languages of California

Since even before it became a state, California had attracted immigrants from all over the world – something it continues to do today – who have often brought their languages and cultures with them…

Mandarin – 1.25 Million

Tagalog – 800,000

Vietnamese – 565,000

Korean – 370,000

Persian – 205,000

Armenian – 197,500

Japanese – 170,000

What do you think of the languages of California? Do you speak any of them (besides English of course)? Tell me in the comments!

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Your Ultimate Guide to The Languages of California!


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