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Top 10 Non-English Languages of Los Angeles

Name the ten languages, other than English, which are most commonly spoken at home in Los Angeles County.
Last updated: April 26, 2017
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Language
39.5
Spanish
3.8
Chinese
2.5
Tagalog
2.0
Korean
1.8
Armenian
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Language
0.9
Vietnamese
0.8
Persian
0.6
Japanese
0.5
Russian
0.5
Arabic
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level 66
Apr 26, 2017
After Spanish it's basically just a crap-shoot. Name all the languages you can think of, prioritizing Asian languages.
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level 68
Apr 27, 2017
Not if you are familiar with the neighborhoods. Little Tokyo .Koreatown. Etc.
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level 70
Jun 28, 2017
Although Koreatown is somewhat of a misnomer: it got its name from the predominance of Korean-owned businesses on Olympic and Eighth Street, rather than from a concentration of Korean immigrants and Korean-Americans. The area as a whole is majority Latinx; we lived in the mostly black and white part of Koreatown (9th and Hobart) in the 70s and the white/Latino/South Asian part (9th and Catalina) in the 80s.
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level 60
Jun 28, 2017
Spanish is obvious to everyone. Chinese is a logical guess considering their world population. Filipinos make sense by sheer observation of living in LA. Koreans and Armenia have the largest municipal concentration here outside their respective countries. Given the number of Vietnamese and Persian food restaurants, they make sense. Japanese have a historical presence albeit small. Russians and Arabs are good guesses based on world population.
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level 82
Apr 26, 2017
Curse you, Kardashians!
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level 76
May 1, 2017
LIKE!
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level 71
Jun 28, 2017
But do they speak Armenian at home?
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level 60
Mar 29, 2019
I hear that everyone’s trying to “keep up with them” by learning Armenian!
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level 67
Apr 22, 2019
I've got a friend named Armen in L.A. Didn't help.
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level 68
Apr 26, 2017
Also try my similar quiz on New York City. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/170770/top-10-non-english-languages-spoken-in-new-york-city
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level 75
Apr 26, 2017
Valleyspeak
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level 68
Apr 26, 2017
Gag me with a spoon.
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level 72
Apr 26, 2017
Like, fer sure.
+2
level 52
Mar 11, 2019
What's Valleyspeak??
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level 68
Apr 26, 2017
That's a pretty dumbed down source. "Chinese", "Persian", "Cambodian", "African"... really, "African??".
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level 68
Apr 26, 2017
Farsi is accepted as a type-in. I read that Persian has become the preferred name. As for Chinese, the US Census department seems to lump Mandarin, Cantonese, and others under that umbrella term.
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level 68
Apr 27, 2017
To be fair, there's a little 1 next to African and the explanation '1Amharic, Ibo, Twi, Yoruba, Bantu, Swahili, Somali' below the table.
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level 67
Jun 28, 2017
In which case "European" ought to be first on this list and "Asian" second, with little footnotes attached as well. Man - this quiz could've been easy!
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level 43
May 10, 2019
someone from LA wrote this quiz
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level 70
Apr 27, 2017
Surprised Greek is not on the list...
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level 71
Apr 27, 2017
Pulled Armenian out of thin air FTW.
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level 65
May 15, 2017
I'm a bit disappointed that Klingon didn't make the list.
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level 59
Jun 17, 2017
Crazy that 8 out of the 10 of the languages are from Asia
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level 49
Jun 20, 2017
Why? Ever since the Gold Rush there has been an almost steady inflow of Asian people to the West Coast.
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level 67
Jun 28, 2017
And especially since the Korean and Vietnamese wars.
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level 75
Jun 28, 2017
Never been to LA before?
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level 59
Jul 8, 2017
was born there but never went back, going this fall though
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level 66
Jun 28, 2017
It's really not that crazy given that the other shore of our ocean is Asia.
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level 59
Jul 8, 2017
It's just that there's two European languages, you'd think there'd be more
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level 66
Oct 18, 2018
All of the European countries are MUCH farther away from LA than the Asian countries. Generally speaking, the East Coast gets more European immigrants and the West Coast gets more Asian immigrants, simply because they're what's closest.
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level 35
Jun 28, 2017
Surprised that portuguese is not part of the list with all the Brazilian guys there. Anyway nice quizz
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level 70
Jun 28, 2017
At my son's elementary school in sort of central LA he had classmates who spoke Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Burmese. I am probably leaving out a few others. (His Russian-speaking classmate sounded like Natasha Badenov in kindergarten and like Moon Unit Zappa by 5th grade.)
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level 63
Jun 28, 2017
Damn! Missed Armenian.
+1
level 60
Jun 29, 2017
Wow, Armenian. Only one I didn't get.
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level 61
Jul 3, 2017
Listening to System of a Down as a teenager is the only reason I know Los Angeles has an Armenian community.
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level 66
Oct 18, 2018
I'm not surprised I missed Armenian, but I'm really kicking myself for missing Korean. I KNEW I was missing another big Asian language.
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level 68
Dec 16, 2018
100% of the people expected the Spanish Inquisition.
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