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09/16/2016 10:47 am ET

Here's Why There's Nothing More American Than Speaking Spanish

If you thought Spanish was a foreign language in the U.S., think again.

Despite the proven cognitive benefits of being bilingual or, gasp, multilingual ― speaking Spanish isn’t always welcomed in the United States. 

In recent years, even on the political stage we hear presidential candidates like Donald Trump promote “English only” rhetoric. During a CNN debate last year, the now GOP presidential nominee criticized Jeb Bush’s use of Spanish on the campaign trail.

“This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish,” Trump said.

But here’s the twist, Spanish isn’t a foreign language in the U.S. In fact, settlers from Spain set foot in what is now the mainland United States in 1565, well before the English founded Jamestown. 

Not entirely convinced? Watch the video above and find out why there’s nothing more American than speaking Spanish. 

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