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Top five languages spoken in Canada


With Canada being one of the most multicultural countries in the world, many people speak more than one language.

Being bilingual has many benefits, including better decision-ma-king, improved memory and protection against illnesses like dementia. Check out the top five languages spoken in Canada, and if you already aren’t bilingual, consider learning a second language as it’s never too late to start. Why not one of the two official languages?

1. English. As you may have guessed, English is the most commonly spoken language at home in Canada. In fact, a whopping 98 per cent of Canadians say they have the ability to conduct a conversation in English, French or both.

2. French. Canada’s other official language, French, is the second-most commonly spoken language in Canada. But it’s not just those in Quebec – there are many communities outside la belle province with large French-speaking populations. That’s why the federal government ensures it provides services in both official languages at many points of service.

3. Mandarin. While a fifth of Canadians speak a mother tongue other than English or French, only 6.2 per cent of Canadians speak a language other than English or French as their sole home langu-age. Mandarin is most commonly spoken in the major metropolitan areas.

4. Cantonese. Also popular in large cities, Cantonese is another Chinese language that is commonly spoken in Canada.

5. Punjabi. The fifth-most common language spoken at home across the country, Punjabi is the most frequently reported immigrant language in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Overall, the number of Canadians who speak more than one language is growing. 

– News Canada

 

Posted: May 2, 2018

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