Spanish is the official language and is spoken by virtually all inhabitants. Some indigenous people still speak their native tongues, but all speak Spanish; for example, Q'eqchi' is spoken as the result of recent migrations. English is also spoken by many throughout the republic. German and French are taught as a secondary language. English has been taught by the British in El Salvador for several decades, at least 50 years. Historically, Salvadorans have had the choice of attending French schools, Salvadoran schools, or British schools. There has been an American school in the country for a few decades. Japanese is also spoken. There has been a small Japanese community in El Salvador since World War II.
The local Spanish vernacular is called Caliche. Nahuat is the indigenous language that has survived, though it is only used by small communities of some elderly Salvadorans in western El Salvador. Salvadoreans also use voseo, which is also used in Uruguay and Argentina. This refers to the use of "vos" as the second person pronoun, instead of "tú."
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