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New Census data reveals Exeter’s most spoken languages

By Rich_Booth  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

The second most spoken language after English was Chinese with 1,227 , followed by Polish with 1,218 and Arabic with 554 speakers

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English is not the main language for more than 7,000 Exeter residents, new Census data has revealed.

The Office of National Statistics announced that 7,403 of the district’s 113,554 Census 2011 respondents listed foreign languages as their ‘main language’.

The figures relate to 6.5 per cent of Exeter’s population not speaking English as a mother tongue compared to 3.5 per cent of the population in the South West.

The second most spoken language after English was Chinese with 1,227 , followed by Polish with 1,218 and Arabic with 554 speakers.

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Other languages selected as main languages in the 2011 census for Exeter included one Gaelic speaker and one Pakistani Pahari speaker.

According to the overall census results Polish is now the main language spoken in England and Wales after English and Welsh.

The overall residents who speak English in England and Wales is 92 per cent.

One million households have no residents with English as a main language, although most had some proficiency in English, the ONS said.

Only 138,000 people could not speak English at all.

Main language data was not included in previous censuses, so comparisons over time are not available.

See below for a full table of results taken from www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk

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  • catherine_d  |  February 03 2013, 2:32PM

    Factual error - the survey does not say that Chinese is the single most spoken language after English. 1227 people speak Chinese languages other than Mandarin or Cantonese: this could mean any of at least 50 and probably more recognised distinct languages. If you include Mandarin and Cantonese as well that takes the total up to 1519 for all speakers of a Chinese language. The single most spoken language however is clearly Polish, with 1218 speakers.

  • smokey8  |  February 02 2013, 6:45PM

    This is not a surprise. When the Vikings invaded the British Isles, they eventually vanished into the culture, leaving behind words from their language such as "Happy" (which I believe is Viking). The Normand's left the word Lieutenant, And, after WWII, the polish, Kaput. Invasion of other cultures is the reason we have three words to describe the domesticated avian: hen, chicken, poultry. The English language is richer for the inclusion of other languages and this episode of new people coming into the country will, I'm sure, be no different. In the USA we are facing the flood of Latin American into our culture. And, in spite of the huffing and puffing and racists outrage, the culture and language will eventually even out, and before long people will forget where certain words came from. So, we should all chill out and remember we have all been here before.

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  • Jungle_Jim  |  February 02 2013, 12:37PM

    "Chinease" ?

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  • Shaynerer  |  February 01 2013, 4:25PM

    Yer but what about they what speaks Bristolian?! Dont we count?!

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