From Ojibwe To Oromo:
The Languages Of The People Of Minnesota

The racial and ethnic components of the population of the United States are constantly shifting and Minnesota is no exception. For example, in the 2000 census Minnesotans who identified an ancestry mentioned German first (36.7%), followed by Norwegian (17.3%) and other European nations. *Current* foreign-born residents of the state, by contrast, are predominantly from Asia (40.4%) and Latin America (24.0%).

8.5% of Minnesotans reported speaking a language other than English at home. The display contains examples of 23 languages associated with the inhabitants of the state, from Czech to Chinese, from Ojibwe to Oromo.

(Ojibwe is, of course, the language of the Ojibwe people, with possibly over 50 thousand speakers in the U.S. and Canada. Oromo is the language of the Oromo people of eastern Africa, primarily Ethiopia. An estimated 10-15 thousand Oromos live in Minnesota.)


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