American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conducted a survey where 475 New Yorkers were asked "what time is it" in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic and Gujarati by a group of Long Island Middle School students. New York scored a "C-". In an earlier survey, Chicago scored a "C+".
311 passers-by did not respond at all to the question (65%).Duhh. It's New York, where people stepped over a dying man to eat at Moby's restaurant.
102 responded, accurately, but in English, showing comprehension.
62 people responded accurately in the correct language.
The great majority of New Yorkers were non-responsive to the kids' questions.