Queens– The Language Capital Of The World

That’s not just hyperbole. According to a story in Business Insider (“Queens has more languages than anywhere in the world,” by Gus Lubin, Feb. 15, 2017), “There are as many as 800 languages spoken in New York City, and nowhere in the world has more than Queens, according to the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA).

Many of the languages are situated in a map featured in “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas” by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly- Schapiro. The map was created by Molly Roy with help from the ELA.

You’d think in this veritable Babbel of a county it would be impossible to get anything done, but we do, and may we add, smashingly. We encapsulate the totality of world’s human experience, and this is our strength, advantage one of our greatest resources.

To see the map, visit www.businessinsider.com/queen s-languages-map-2017-2

—Annette Hanze

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