November 24, 2009 | Italian


I consider whether to add Dutch to my language list.

While running in Central Park today, I started wondering whether I should replace one of my non-European languages with Dutch. Even though not many people speak it here now, it was important in New York history, and that could be interesting.

Studying it would make a lot of place names, and people names, more meaningful and recognizable to me, too. Not to mention pronounceable.

But what language could I replace?

Alas, once home I discovered (not too surprisingly) that Dutch does not even make an appearance on the Modern Language Association’s list of New York City languages. I will have to consider this issue more carefully.

The MLA, by the way, has a map of languages spoken throughout the United States. It’s good stuff, available at

Comments (2)

Vera • Posted on Tue, March 23, 2010 - 3:35 pm EST

No Dutch on the list?? Ridiculous…:-) or belachelijk as we say in Dutch…
Nice website Ellen!

Ellen Jovin • Posted on Tue, March 23, 2010 - 9:52 pm EST

Well, at least I have now learned *one* word of Dutch! Thank you, Vera! I am definitely considering how I might be able to squeeze Dutch in; I really do want to include it.

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