Language Capital Project – Tucson Arizona

Many employees and owners of Tucson businesses are native speakers of foreign and Native American languages. This map-in-progress offers a glimpse of the linguistic diversity in Tucson, Arizona. We hope it will allow people to find their community, explore new cultures, or give them a place to practice a language they’re learning.

Right now the map is far from complete. We hope others will help fill in the gaps in our Tucson map and also expand the project to other communities, near and far.

Please contact us if you would like to participate in this project, or if you would like to suggest a new addition or correction to the Tucson map.

Middle Eastern and North African – Arabic (varieties), Persian/Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic

West African Languages: Mina, Fon

East Asian Languages: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Malay

Western European Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek

Languages of India: Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Nepali, Bengali, Telugu

Slavic Languages: Russian, Polish, Bosnian

Thanks to everyone who provided information:

Mahmoud Azaz, Samina Yasmin, Dr. Doug Adamson, Sichon (Nat) Koowuttayakorn, Dr. Andrea Dallas, Dr. Rudy Troike, Yu Chen, Qian Zhang, Carmen Socorro Solis Delgado, Hanlin Jiang, Ibraheem Kashkash, Anne-Marie Engels-Brooks, Yi Han, Essa Batel, Karim Ibrahim, Dr. Robert Ariew, Heather Smyser, Kristian Adi Putra, Paolo Reingar, Kristen Michelson, Janel Murakami, Mustafa Polat, Jenny Slinkard, Kristin Lange, Ryan Humphrey, Michael Sayle, Dr. Teresa Polowy, Dr. Linda Waugh, Elyse Petit, Beatriz Carneiro, Dr. David Gramling, Dr. Steven Martinson, Dr. Ana Carvalho, Abdullah Nasser Aljawini, Mohammed Al-Sammak, Xiaoxiao Chen, Dr. Sumayya Granger, Dr. Barbara Kosta, and also the restaurant owners and employees who welcomed us and told us about their business. Thanks to all!


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2 Responses to Language Capital Project – Tucson Arizona

  1. palumbo1 says:

    Hi Christian,
    My only comment is why not expand it a bit to outside of Tucson. Also, hopefully you are setting up a project that can be possibly duplicated. I and other Slatsters will no longer be living in Tucson so it would be nice to have it available in other cities like Phoenix, etc.
    Good luck!


    • Hi! This a pretty open project. I’m hoping that it will expand beyond Tucson, even to other countries. If anyone creates a language map of a different town, I’ll gladly post it. We can add tabs for each location for the sake of organization. I lack the contacts, time, and resources necessary to create a map of Phoenix, but someone who is more familiar with even a small area in Phoenix (or another city) can start a map and share it here if they want.


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