Progress for a Bilingual Nation

In this article, there has been a 13% increase over the past four years in foreign language classes.  This is a great thing to see because it clearly says that people are starting to realize the whole world doesn’t speak English.  If we are to communicate better with one another we have to overcome the language barrier.  One of the languages emerging into the top 10 popular language is Arabic. When I think of foreign languages, that is not one I would put on my top 10 list.    It would still be interesting to learn.  Is it possible within a lifetime to learn every language on Earth?  What a nice dream to have, being able to speak every languageand not have to worry about getting an interpretor. I doubt anyone has accomplished that feat, but who knows it could happen in the future.


2 Responses to “Progress for a Bilingual Nation”

  1. According to Ethnologue, breakdown of the top ten languages of the world are:
    Language Approx. number
    of speakers
    1. Chinese (Mandarin) 1,075,000,000
    2. English 514,000,000
    3. Hindustani 1,496,000,000
    4. Spanish 425,000,000
    5. Russian 275,000,000
    6. Arabic 256,000,000
    7. Bengali 215,000,000
    8. Portuguese 194,000,000
    9. Malay-Indonesian 176,000,000
    10. French 129,000,000

  2. For the last few years, I’ve heard that “the language to learn” is Mandarin Chinese. This came at a handy time for our family, as we were completing an adoption from China. However, after many months of self guided learning, I quit with just enough to introduce my husband and I, along with a few other phrases. The thing I come back to is this- I realize that with the size and population of China, the language will obviously overtake the other in terms of numbers. But if half of the US population is Spanish-speaking, shouldn’t it be our focus? Just my ramblings. 🙂

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