Almost half of America’s population speaks a foreign language and an Indian language is among the top foreign languages spoken, a report by Centre for Immigration studies revealed.

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Nationally one in every five persons spoke a language other than English in 2017. The number of Telugu speakers had gone up by 86% between 2000 and 2017, the data showed. Telugu was followed by the Bengali language which has seen a surge of 57% and Tamil with a 55% increase.

Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and Gujarati were other Indian languages that were mentioned in the list of foreign speaking languages. The US had 87,543 Telugu speakers in 2000 which increased to 2,22,977 in 2010 and by 2017, 4,15,414 people residing there speak this language which is native to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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