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Russian in NYC and Washington D.C.

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I've always been fascinated by the idea of big metropolitan cities to be "melting-pots" for various cultures and nationalities, since the biggest cities I've ever been to are Washington D.C. and Orlando, and yes, I would count Washington D.C. to be metropolitan. So, wanting to return to Washington D.C. and travel to NYC for the first time leads me to having a few questions. My first question being; "Is Russian commonly spoken in Washington D.C.?" I ask this question, because I have only travelled to certain parts of D.C., rather than the city as a whole. My second question is, "Is Russian commonly spoken in NYC?" I have researched this question a lot online and found answers depending on the person that you ask. So for people that have experienced NYC as a whole, "Have you heard Russian commonly in your days of NYC?" Thanks!

2 years ago

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Russian is definitely common there and there's a HUGE Russian community in Orlando, and Jacksonville... well, in all of Florida really.

Bars, night clubs, cafes, etc., any major metro area in this country has Russians. I met some Russian ladies in Topeka Kansas too. They're there too!

2 years ago

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That's amazing! Thank you for telling me this amazing fact!

2 years ago

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I am half Bosnian and Astoria, NY which is the Queens area is the "little bosnia" and there's an even larger Albanian community all over NYC. They're Eastern European too!

2 years ago

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Wow! It's amazing the things you can find out from people through experience!

2 years ago

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Chicago is definitely the place you want to go though, see most Eastern Europeans end up in Chicago because its cheaper than NYC. You'll see them everywhere, from cab drivers, to any place of business, hotels, etc.,

2 years ago

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Haha that's pretty funny! I have a Ukrainian friend, that speaks Russian rather than Ukrainian due to Ukraine's bilingualism, and I go to school with a girl that recently moved here from Russia. But the largest group of Russian speakers I've seen in person was in Virginia Beach. It's so crazy how you can find speakers of foreign languages in the most random places!

2 years ago

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I also just remembered that in a small beach-town in North Carolina that I go to every summer has a few Russians that work at the local FoodLion. I always make sure my parents go to that certain grocery store, so I can hear them speak Russian to each other in the store. Haha

2 years ago

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Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. It's also called little Russia by the sea. I went to school there back in the day. I remember quite a lot of the store fronts were in Russian (I always wanted to know what the words meant :/ ). Sheepshead bay has quite a number of Russians too along with other eastern Europeans.

2 years ago

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I mentioned above, hehe, that I love going to the Food Lion at the beach-town that I go to every summer in North Carolina. I love going because I hear Russian a little bit, because there are Russian speaking employees in the store. I also find that it's really interesting that Russian is the only other world language spoken in the town, I rarely ever hear languages such as Spanish, Chinese, or any other. I will say though, that there is a Portuguese family that has a residence on the island. I know this because I encountered the family in the store, and I distinguishably heard European Portuguese be spoken in the store. I was amazed as I heard the beautiful language being spoken but was also shocked, because that was the first time I had ever heard Portuguese in public (as far as I can remember). Also, I concluded that it was European Portuguese, because I saw a beach house on the island where I was staying, with a flag-poll that waved the Portuguese flag. It's amazing where you find languages that are not commonly heard in the U.S. (at least where I'm from), in the most random places.

2 years ago

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Thanks so much! I'm ready to go to NYC!

2 years ago

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well I'm Russian and I've been to both and I don't remember hearing a lot of Russian there, tho I've heard there are Russian communities in NYC where you can live even without knowing English

also, Oregon is the only state where Russian is the third most spoken language (after English and Spanish)

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