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(Mental Floss)   So, besides English and Spanish, what's the next most commonly spoken language in your state?   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 195
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2014-05-14 10:19:13 AM  
italian in new jersey? i'm shocked!
 
2014-05-14 10:23:17 AM  
If I had to guess from personal experience: Gibberish.
 
2014-05-14 10:26:04 AM  
Polish in Illinois was no surprise. Surrounded by Germans, otoh...

/Went to vote in Lombard IL one year, had choices of English, Spanish and Chinese.
 
2014-05-14 10:29:05 AM  
Tagalog?

/oy vey
 
2014-05-14 10:29:52 AM  
Map says German, but observation tells me it is Derp.
 
2014-05-14 10:35:30 AM  
German in Alabama makes so much sense, for so many reasons.
 
2014-05-14 10:42:48 AM  
Mandarin Chinese.
 
2014-05-14 11:01:19 AM  
Gibberish
 
2014-05-14 11:07:02 AM  
Subby, you forgot to say: For English, press 1. Para español, oprima 2.
 
2014-05-14 11:09:01 AM  
Navajo in my present home state, but Korean? In Georgia and Virginia? Jjinja?

And Tagalog in Cali and Nevada? I've never heard Tagalog outside of the Philippines.
 
2014-05-14 11:11:15 AM  

TwistedIvory: Navajo in my present home state, but Korean? In Georgia and Virginia? Jjinja?

And Tagalog in Cali and Nevada? I've never heard Tagalog outside of the Philippines.


And Guam

/Knew some Guamaniacs out here
 
2014-05-14 11:48:00 AM  
East Texas Redneckese.
 
2014-05-14 11:50:09 AM  
Russian. I mean, American,  tovarisch. And capitalist!

*innocent look*
 
2014-05-14 11:57:16 AM  
Since I live in DC, $$$.
 
2014-05-14 12:11:42 PM  
Guessing Vietnamese or Mandarin for Texas...
 
2014-05-14 12:11:48 PM  
Yeah, a lot of Koreans here in VA. My old hometown of Annandale, VA is now unofficially known as Koreatown.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32442-2005Mar13.html
 
2014-05-14 12:12:33 PM  
Knew is was going to be Russian before I ever clicked on the article. Amongst other things, Woodburn has a good-sized population of Russian Orthodox Old Believers. They originally moved to the area from Turkey in the 1950s to escape persecution from the official Russian Orthodox Church.
 
2014-05-14 12:13:09 PM  
Somalian.
 
2014-05-14 12:13:15 PM  
Russian in Oregon is purely because of Woodburn and Clackamas County.
 
2014-05-14 12:13:47 PM  
in Indiana? oddly enough, Japanese.
 
2014-05-14 12:13:53 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Guessing Vietnamese or Mandarin for Texas...


BOOM! What do I win?
 
2014-05-14 12:13:54 PM  
Guessing Polish.

I am correct.

/Illinois
 
2014-05-14 12:14:00 PM  
Confusion.
 
2014-05-14 12:14:01 PM  
If you count all the illegals then Chinese would be the 3rd most common in Washington state.
 
2014-05-14 12:14:11 PM  

jasonvatch: Polish in Illinois was no surprise. Surrounded by Germans, otoh...

/Went to vote in Lombard IL one year, had choices of English, Spanish and Chinese.


That's mostly Chicago though.  Downstate, there's a lot of German.  Well...and Hick.  And Methmouth jabbering.
 
2014-05-14 12:14:20 PM  
Droolish
 
2014-05-14 12:14:22 PM  
Probably Korean

*click link*

Yup
 
2014-05-14 12:14:30 PM  
German?  Really?  Idaho has a shiatload of Ukrainians.  They're not speaking German.

/Еб твою мать
 
2014-05-14 12:14:49 PM  
Grew up in Connecticut.  Grandmother spoke French.

Live in Georgia. I'm surprised it's Korean and not Hindi.
 
2014-05-14 12:14:58 PM  
Jive.
 
2014-05-14 12:15:27 PM  
Québécois is NOT French!
 
2014-05-14 12:15:29 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Tagalog?

/oy vey


No, that's Yiddish. Tagalog is the language that maids speak.*

*Filipinno maids, at least.
 
2014-05-14 12:15:38 PM  
As a Virginian I was thinking to myself Korean before I even clicked the link. So not surprised in the least.

Walker: My old hometown of Annandale, VA is now unofficially known as Koreatown.


This.
 
2014-05-14 12:15:50 PM  
Mexican and Jibberish. Yep florida.
 
2014-05-14 12:16:20 PM  
Pretty sure that Idaho's should be Basque.  There are quite a few proud Germans here but they never speak the language (doubt that 99.99% of them even know  more than 10 words).  The Basque on the other hand.....
 
2014-05-14 12:16:51 PM  
Cackalackan. Probably even if you include English and Spanish.
 
2014-05-14 12:17:38 PM  
It says Tagalog, which has to be utter bullshiat.

I'm my area, I would guess it's Russian. Statewide, probably Mandarin or Vietnamese.
 
2014-05-14 12:18:08 PM  
Ohio: German

Makes sense

upload.wikimedia.org
/the have German translators at the local Home Depot
 
2014-05-14 12:18:20 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: German?  Really?  Idaho has a shiatload of Ukrainians.  They're not speaking German.

/Еб твою мать


I understand that Idaho has a lot of Basque, but I suppose they would speak a variant of Spanish, if not Basque itself.
 
2014-05-14 12:18:32 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Tagalog?

/oy vey


My second favorite Girl Scout cookie behind Samosas.
 
2014-05-14 12:18:37 PM  
I'm surprised that NJ isn't Hindi or Gujarati. I've met more Indian language speaking people in NJ than Italian speaking. Though I guess each Indian speaks a different Indian language.

I'd also like to see the major cities broken down. There are a lot of Italians in Philly, but I doubt too many of them know Italian. I'd guess that Ebonics is spoken more than English...
 
2014-05-14 12:18:56 PM  
Map says German... but considering I'm from Kentucky, I believe "redneck" would be the correct answer. Imma tell you what....
 
2014-05-14 12:19:19 PM  

Dreyelle: Grew up in Connecticut.  Grandmother spoke French.

Live in Georgia. I'm surprised it's Korean and not Hindi.


I'm more surprised it's not Chinese though I shouldn't be too shocked in a town with 5 Super H Marts that its Korean.
 
2014-05-14 12:19:23 PM  

Splish: Crackalackan. Probably even if you include English and Spanish.


FTFY
 
2014-05-14 12:19:45 PM  

Cyrus the Mediocre: If I had to guess from personal experience: Gibberish.


Authentic frontier gibberish?
 
2014-05-14 12:19:46 PM  
Korean!

click

Yup.
 
2014-05-14 12:20:48 PM  

Chimpasaurus: There are a lot of Italians in Philly, but I doubt too many of them know Italian.


A lot of Italian Americans think they know Italian but they don't.
 
2014-05-14 12:21:07 PM  
How is French spoken more than Creole in Louisiana?
 
2014-05-14 12:22:24 PM  
'Murican?
 
2014-05-14 12:22:39 PM  

cgraves67: I understand that Idaho has a lot of Basque, but I suppose they would speak a variant of Spanish, if not Basque itself.


Most of them are pretty proud to keep the native language.  Basque is an separate language from Spanish.
 
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