In New York, It’s All About Communication

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Cultures from all around the world find a home speaking hundreds of languages in New York City’s multilingual society.

    Stephen Digges: Since its inception in 1626, New York City has been the major point of entry of all immigrants from around the world for almost four centuries.

    With 8.

    2 million people, New York is the most densely populated city in the United States and the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

    Male Speaker: Bangladeshi.

    [Foreign Language]Female Speaker: Czechoslovakia.

    Cara Snousterman: The most popular languages spoken in New York City are the reflection of what the biggest immigrant groups are, Spanish is the language that's spoken the most.

    Female Speaker: I grew up with Spanish.

    Male Speaker 3: Spanish, Spanish, everyone speaks Spanish.

    Stephen Digges: Over 12 million Europeans passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. As of 2008 it is also a home to the largest Jewish community outside of Tel Aviv.

    Marla Mossman: I think Yiddish is really a very New York cultural vernacular since the eastern Europeans came over after the Second World War. Everybody started to shlep and get lox and bagels.

    Michelle Chung: In this Bushwick area, we have a lot of immigrants from all around the world. And it's always a communication issue with the parents to convey what their child needs. The parents don't speak English as much or hardly any opposed to the kids.

    Female Speaker: Basically every country is in here so that's so hard for me even to move out of New York because it's just like if I'm anywhere else like, I'll miss this.

    Male Speaker 4: New York is a mix of the whole world, there is a lot of different culture and different religion.

    Male Speaker 5: Marhaba New York!

    Female Speaker 2: Salaam New York!

    [Foreign Language]Stephen Digges: This is Stephen Digges from New York.