Language and Translation News
Manchester has been named Europe’s most linguistically diverse city with 153 different languages being spoken by the 500,000 people who reside there. These figures mean Manchester is more varied than even New York and Paris when it comes to the mix of spoken languages. London, a city with a much larger population of eight million inhabitants speaking 300 languages, is therefore not as diverse as its northern counterpart.
Due to the many students that come to Manchester every year, it is predicted that this number could even soon be on the rise. Approximately two-thirds of school children in the city are bilingual, a fact that demonstrates just how linguistically capable the inhabitants of Manchester are.
The rapid growth of Manchester started with the Industrial Revolution as people from around the world came to live and work in the city. More recently, a strong policy of recruiting foreign nationals into public service positions, such as within the NHS, has encouraged a wide selection of people who speak a massive variation of languages.