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International Languages

The original official languages of the UN were English, Chinese, French, and Russian, the languages of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The choice was largely political. English was widely used as an international language, as it was the dominant language of the United States, a superpower. Chinese was the language of a major power as well as the language with the greatest number of speakers. ...Full Article

Heritage Languages

The term “heritage language” refers to a language that was acquired first, but was not completely learned because the child switched to another language that was dominant in the ...Full Article

Endangered Languages

The world faces enormous challenges in maintaining language diversity. Of the more than 6,912 languages, half may be in danger of disappearing in the next several decades, although this ...Full Article

Critical Languages

Critical languages are those less commonly taught languages in which the demand for proficient speakers exceeds supply. The Department of Defense wants personnel who speak a second language to ...Full Article
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