A story about emigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries in the US who do not speak Spanish or English is in many newspapers online, such as the article “Some NY immigrants cite lack of Spanish as barrier” on the Seattle PI website.
One man cited tells of facing mockery from fellow Mexicans for his inability to speak Spanish. To combat this, many Latin American emigrants are attending Spanish classes. A number of languages are cited in the article, most of which refer to language families. They include:
- Mixtec languages (family), a family of 52 languages spoken in Mexico included in the MIxtecan,
- Trique languages (family), a group of three languages spoken in Mexico also included in the Mixtecan family,
- Chinantecan languages (family), a group of 14 languages spoken in Mexico included in the Oto-Manguean family,
- Otomi languages (family), a group of 11 languages spoken in Mexico also included in the Oto-Manguean family,
- Nahuatl languages (Aztec family), a group of 28 languages spoken in Mexico
- Quechua languages (Quechuan family), a group of 46 languages spoken in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, and
- Garifuna (cab), a language spoken in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
As this list makes apparent, Mexico is a hotbed of languages, and is one of the world’s language hotspots with 238 languages.
The story is also available in Spanish. See “Indígenas latinoamericanos doblemente marginados en EEUU” on (the) El Nuevo Herald website.