Tuesday, August 30, 2005

What Time is It?

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%).
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.
Duhh. It's New York, where people stepped over a dying man to eat at Moby's restaurant.