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Portuguese Becomes Language Of Business In Miami

Alexandra Estrada (right) is studying Portuguese at the Cultural Center for Language Studies in Miami. Estrada encounters many Brazilian customers in her job with the cruise industry. (Karen Rundlet/WLRN)
Alexandra Estrada (right) is studying Portuguese at the Cultural Center for Language Studies in Miami. Estrada encounters many Brazilian customers in her job with the cruise industry. (Karen Rundlet/WLRN)

A second language is spoken in about 20 percent of all households in the U.S.

However, in the Miami area alone, that number rises to about 70 percent.

The dominant second language there, of course, is Spanish, but a new language is becoming influential in Miami’s business community.

From the  Here & Now’s Contributors Network,  Karen Rundletof  WLRN explains the rise of Portuguese in Miami.

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