What Is The Second Language Of Argentina?


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Go figure.

Matt Zajechowski writes:

Reaching out to share an interactive graphic/map that I helped develop with Olivet Nazarene University that covers the second most spoken languages around the world. We’ve excluded any official languages from being the second most spoken language and noted them as official languages for each country to avoid any confusion.

ALL MAPS: The Second Most Spoken Languages Around the World (Olivet)

Related: The World’s Most Spoken Languages

60 thoughts on “What Is The Second Language Of Argentina?

  1. Body & Soul Punter

    Feckin loads of Itaes went over-there in the 19th/ 20th century
    Check the surnames of Argie Footballers for further evidence

    1. manolo

      But it is a well known fact that the Argentinians are a bunch of Italians, speaking Spanish and wishing they were British. No surprise here.

  2. Der

    They’ve excluded any official languages except for in Ireland. Why? I’d like to know what comes after Irish? And by how much does it lag?

    1. Nikkeboentje

      French is an official language in Switzerland and they’ve said that is the second most spoken language.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Yes. Switzerland has four official languages, with three of them as equal status….so all three should be listed as official on this graphic, regardless of the % of speakers.

  3. Donal

    emmm if you call catalan a “dialect” of spanish expect to get plenty of abuse – that’s a very touchcy subject

    also polish is spoken far more than irish in ireland

    1. Plyskeen

      Yep, you are correct – Catalan is a dialect of Latin (as are Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and French, amongst others). Catalan is actually older (9th century) than Spanish (also called Castillian, from the 13th century). And since it has had its own literature during all its existence, it is considered a language, not a dialect. It is a touchy subject for political reasons, but if you look at it from the historical point of view, there isn’t much to discuss, really (unfortunately, that never stopped people from Spain from arguing with each other – and no, I am not Catalonian, I am actually Galician).

        1. Ultach

          On the ball there Clampers, thanks.
          I thought it would be more. Does CSO do Ireland? Last time I checked they just covered 26 counties. :-)

  4. europhile

    You’d wonder about the accuracy of the whole thing given that Polish is the second most widely spoken language in Ireland.

    1. Rob_G

      If you factor in that all school children spend a few hours a week speaking Irish (more or less) between the ages of 4 and 18, Irish probably has it beat.

      1. Kath

        I’d doubt a couple hours every week beats out the thousands speaking Polish at home as their first language.

        Plus, being instructed in a language doesn’t equate fluency/used daily, which *is* a part of looking at spoken second languages.

        And I’m still wondering why Irish was included at all, if official languages are automatically omitted?

        1. Someone

          “being instructed in a language doesn’t equate fluency/used daily”

          As someone who was shocking at Irish in school, I can concur with this.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Well said.
      And that is just a simplified version. It opens up further into 4-digit codes when you start considering variants.

    1. europhile

      It’s a creationist “university’. Would you trust anything coming out of the place?

        1. Someone

          It’s referred to as a Christian liberal arts college. Feckin Charmin ultra soft factory more like.

  5. Paval

    From the last census –
    % of the population who speak Irish daily outside the education system: 1.8% (77,185 people).
    % of the population who speak a foreign language (not English/Irish) at home: 11% (514,068 people) of which Polish was the most common (119,526 people), followed by French (56,460 people).

    Fact people. Facts.

  6. Nikkeboentje

    Luxembourg would have been interesting to see. There are three official languages; Luxembourgish, French and German. However over 45% of the population are foreigners. I suspect outside of the three official languages Portuguese or Italian would be the next most spoken language at home although English would win for the work place.

  7. Clampers Outside!

    It’s total lies and bullcrap, who made up this nonsense…. 30% of Irish people speak Irish as a second language or 1.37m…. And, 5% of the population are “regular” Irish speakers… that’s 5% of 4.595m, which is 229,750…. *slaps knee*

    Oh wait, I see, “Sources” include the “CIA Factbook” which is like relying on wikipedia for up to date info at the best of times… and they appear to be using the CSO data for kids attending school. And are classing those studying Irish five days a week as having used the language “regularly” and call it a second language….. makes sense now.

    By that reckoning, I had Latin, French and Spanish as my third, fourth and fifth languages….. Hah!

    *squints to a cringe at the nonsense interpretation of figures*

    It’s all just an exercise in… stats can say anything Ted.

    1. Rob_G

      Ah here, what’s wrong with the CIA factbook – I would have thought that this was widely used as a resource.

  8. Leaning to the centre

    Much more interesting is the predominant language of Paraguay which is Guarani. It’s spoken by 73% of the country including alot of Paraguayans with no indigenous ancestry.

    It’s also spoken by alot of people in Argentina

  9. Someone

    In Canada, if Chinese is second after English and French, then doesn’t that make it third?

  10. Parochial Central

    “Gaelic” is not widely spoken in Ireland. It might be in Scotland. The two official languages of the ROI are Irish (Gaeilge) and English.


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