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The Languages spoken in Mexico

There is no lawfully inherent official language at the federal stage in Mexico. About 95% of the population speaks Spanish. The General Law of Linguistic Rights of the Indigenous Peoples considered Spanish as the national language. It allows all indigenous minor languages be spoken in Mexico.

About 7.1% of the population speaks one or several indigenous languages and 1.2% doesn’t speak the Spanish language at all. The National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples acknowledges the language of the Kickapoo (Native American tribes). Mexico also used several Mayan languages (especially in rural areas) and other regional indigenous languages. Words like chocolate, avocado, tomato, coyote, ocelot, and tequila originated in Náhuatl and were also acquired in the English language. About 1.5 million people speak Nahuatl, 800,000 speak Yucatec Maya and less than one hundred people speak Lacandon. But still the major language of Mexico is Spanish which also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spain owned Mexico based in government history. Mexico was a Spanish colony for almost 300 years.

English is widely applied in business, and villages; specifically those US retirees in communities in Guanajuato in Chiapas and Baja in California. Other European languages used in respectable communities in Mexico are Plautdietsch, French, German, Romani and Venetian.