Diversity of Language in New York City


New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As result, New York is home to many different languages. It is estimated to that around 800 different languages are regularly spoken in New York. This can be attributed to the fact that New York has attracted a lot of different immigrants. The result of all the different immigrants is that speaking different languages is quite common. Though the city does celebrate the differences of cultures and languages, there are some languages that seem to die in the city. In one of the boroughs, Queens, some of the last speakers of  Garifuna reside. Similarly Yiddish was once a dying language but was revived by Jewish communities.

As a native New Yorker, I can confirm based on my own experiences that New York is very diverse when it comes to language. In my high school many students were bilingual; and many spoke either Cantonese or Mandarin.  Simply being on a subway or walking around the city one can be exposed to various different languages. Not only do the inhabitants of the city speak different languages the tourists come over speaking a variety of different languages. Depending on where you are in the city the billboards advertising do change. More recently the advertisements in the subway have begun to be in Spanish as well as other languages. Port authority a large bus terminal in the city announces the schedule in different languages. All of this is evidence that New York is a very diverse city especially when it comes to languages.