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Old 03-07-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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In my neighborhood I hear a lot of languages, but the most common are probably Urdu, Hindi, Spanish, various Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages, in that order.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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In the part of town that I live in the main languages that I hear other than English are Spanish, Somali, and Sudanese.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes all the time, mostly being Latin American, Indian, Korean, or Vietnamese english accents.
I hear many languages I've heard:
Spanish
Hindi
What ever they speak in Hyderabad (we have a lot of Hyderabad people here)
Urdu
Hangul
Mandarin
Fukien
Catonese
Japanese
Portuguese
French (French French, and African French)
Italian
German (and Flemish )
Arabic
Tagalog
Cebuano
Szichuanese
Shanghainese
Russian
Vietnamese
Khmer
Lao
Thai
Iranian
Armenian (weird...)
Swedish
Finnish (US Nokia is based like literally less then 5 miles from where I live)
Dutch
Romanian
and
Czech

I have yet to Hear Greek, Polish, Burmese, Malay, and any African Tribal-ish Language

The top 10 list would be (excluding english) not in any order:
1)Spanish
2)Hangul (Korean)
3)Any for of Indian, Hindi, Punjabi...
4)Urdu (Pakistan)
5)Vietnamese
6)Chinese
7)Any Filipino Language (mostly Tagalog, but I've hard Cebuano)
8)Portuguese
9)French
10)German
you don't see all of them everyday, but it is not uncommon...I used to hear Finnish Daily but not anymore...

In just my area here is how it goes...in order...excluding english
1)Indian/ Urdu (all the indians and pakis tell me the difference is minimal)
2)Spanish
3)Korean
4)Chinese
5)Vietnamese
7)Portuguese
a big drop off then

8)Tagalog
9)Japanese
10)French
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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Yes, I hear foreign languages all the time when I go out. I'm in an extremely diverse area. It's rude and half of the time it appears they do it on purpose to talk about you behind your back or just to shove their culture down your throat. So it's time to fight fire with fire. We're learning some of our "Mother Tongue" to throw them off.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Chicago has too many spoken languages to list here, but out in the burbs I frequently hear Spanish, German, Russian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Arabic, Polish, etc.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:34 PM
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Yes, I hear foreign languages all the time when I go out. I'm in an extremely diverse area. It's rude and half of the time it appears they do it on purpose to talk about you behind your back or just to shove their culture down your throat. So it's time to fight fire with fire. We're learning some of our "Mother Tongue" to throw them off.
How is it rude to speak one's first language amongst other people who speak it too. When visiting Germany I spoke English with my friend, even though we both knew a bit of German because English is our first language (sadly, I remember almost no German now), we weren't trying to 'shove' anything down anyone's throat, what a bizarre statement.

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Old 03-07-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: NWArkansas/Seattle
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I hear chinese a lot! BTW I am in Seattle as well
But I do live in Chinatown, so that may be why..lol.
I do hear southern accents..from myself, I moved up here from Arkansas
Other than that...there are a couple of people who speak french around.


But in my hometown in Arkansas..I heard a lot of spanish,laotian,and marshallese.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: NWArkansas/Seattle
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Finnish (US Nokia is based like literally less then 5 miles from where I live)
you don't see all of them everyday, but it is not uncommon...I used to hear Finnish Daily but not anymore...

I am trying to learn Finnish, it is cool that you got to hear it. I have never been able to hear it from a native.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Yep is easy to hear foreign accent here in Miami. As 60%+ of Miami is hispanic. I wish we were more diverse than hispanic.

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Although Seattle is somewhat multicultural, I don't hear as many foreign accents/ languages around me when I am out & about, as compared to New York City, LA, San Fran or Toronto. If I do hear foreign languages it's usually restricted to downtown tourist districts. I occasionally hear various Asian languages & Spanish but there aren't too many Mexicans here. Plus I rarely hear a Southern accent or a stereotypical NYC- Boston accent in my neck of the woods.
Is it easy to hear foreign languages/ accents around you in your town?
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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To J33:

It's rude when you live in America, an English-speaking country
and there are illegal immigrants speaking their foreign language
around you.
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