The Language Guessing Game — New York Edition

We challenge New Yorkers to a language guessing game. Does living in a city of 800 languages give them an advantage? See how they do when we put them on the spot.
September 21, 2016

Have you ever been walking down the street and overheard a language that you couldn’t recognize at all? You stop to regard the people talking in the unfamiliar tongue: are they tourists, immigrants, diplomats? Where are they from? No idea.

In a place like New York City, the most multilingual city on Earth, this kind of occurrence is commonplace. Over 800 languages are spoken here, and you can expect to hear dozens of them over the course of a day. So New Yorkers should be excellent at guessing languages, right? We hit the streets of the Lower East Side to test their skills. Check it out above!

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Matthew Youlden
Matthew Youlden hails from Manchester, England. Passionate about all things related to languages, he studied Translation and Linguistics and specialised in Sociolinguistics in Berlin and Barcelona. As Babbel's Language Ambassador, Matthew’s mission — should he choose to accept it — is to spread and share the joy of learning languages. He currently resides in Berlin.
Matthew Youlden hails from Manchester, England. Passionate about all things related to languages, he studied Translation and Linguistics and specialised in Sociolinguistics in Berlin and Barcelona. As Babbel's Language Ambassador, Matthew’s mission — should he choose to accept it — is to spread and share the joy of learning languages. He currently resides in Berlin.

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