Welcome to Languages of New York City, a free and interactive digital map of the world’s most linguistically diverse metropolitan area.
This map includes nearly 700 languages and dialects confirmed to nearly 1200 significant sites, including neighborhoods, community institutions, restaurants, and other locations where there is, or was, at least one speaker. In terms of geographic diversity, approximately 38% of the languages shown are from Asia, 24% from Africa, 19% from Europe, 16% from the Americas, and the rest from Oceania and the Pacific.
Languages of New York City is not meant to be comprehensive, and it will always be incomplete, just a snapshot of Babel.
For now, the map itself is in English, due to the scale and limited resources, but we recommend the Google Translate extensions for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome for at least some (hit or miss) translation into other languages. And we hope for proper versions for other cities and in other languages, in whatever ways people are interested in, some time in the future.
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