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The Languages of Fermilab

The flags outside Wilson Hall represent only a handful of the multiple ethnicities at Fermilab.

To get a better sense of the nationalities represented in modern physics experiments, FermiNews recently conducted a thoroughly unscientific and completely unofficial survey of the laboratory's two largest collaborations, CDF and DZero. We asked the collaborators to tell us by email what languages they speak. We figured that the languages that turned up would give us a pretty good idea of the diversity of the experimenters' nationalities. So far, we have compiled a list of 63 different languages.

If you are a Fermilab experimenter and you speak a language that isn't listed, we would very much like to hear from you. Send us an email at ferminews@fnal.gov with your name, your experiment, and the languages you speak. We'll keep an updated tally on this webpage.

CDF
Assyrian
Belorussian
Bengali
Cantonese
Catalan
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Finnish
Flemish
French
Gaelic
German
Georgian
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Leccese
Luxembourgish
Mandarin
Marathi
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Spanish
Swedish
Tagalog
Taiwanese
Turkish
Urdu
DZero
Afrikaans
Arabic
Armenian
Assyrian
Bangla
Bengali
Cantonese
Croatian
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
French
Georgian
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Kannada
Korean
Latvian
Limburgs
Malayalam
Mandarin
Marathi
Megrelian
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Romanian
Serbian
Spanish
Swedish
Tamil
The Queen's English
Tulugu
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Welsh
Wolof


Theoretical Astrophysics Group
American Sign Language

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