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Most Commonly-Taught Languages in the U.S.

Name the languages, other than English, that are the most commonly taught in American universities and grade schools (K-12).
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First submittedJuly 20, 2014
Last updatedJuly 9, 2019
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University
50.2
Spanish
12.4
French
7.6
American Sign Language
5.7
German
4.9
Japanese
4.0
Italian
3.7
Chinese
2.2
Arabic
1.8
Latin
1.4
Russian
0.9
Ancient Greek
0.7
Portuguese
0.7
Biblical Hebrew
0.4
Modern Hebrew
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K-12
72.1
Spanish
14.1
French
4.4
German
2.3
Latin
0.82
Japanese
0.73
Italian
0.67
Chinese
0.46
American Sign Language
0.14
Russian
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level 54
Aug 16, 2017
I racked my brain to think of major immigrant groups.. forgot european jews!
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level 65
Jul 9, 2019
Not sure how ASL qualifies as a "foreign" language, given the presence of the word "American" in its name.
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level ∞
Jul 9, 2019
Fixed
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level 75
Jul 9, 2019
Awesome, thank you.
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level 78
Jul 10, 2019
Now go edit the source Wikipedia page to remove the word "foreign" from the title ;)
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level 74
Jul 10, 2019
Could 'sign' not be accepted?
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level 71
Jul 13, 2019
That’s like saying that we should be allowed to refer to English as “gli” – the word “sign” randomly snipped out of the proper name “American Sign Language” is just as meaningless. Obviously, the single word “sign” could refer to a great many things, from an individual word in ASL to a street sign, or maybe even a plague of locusts (as in “a sign from God”). Even just “Sign Language” is not specific enough, as there are many signed languages in use all over the world that vary depending upon the country or region (and they’re not mutually intelligible) – just like with spoken languages. “Sign” as an alternative name for any signed language is not used academically nor colloquially, and in fact could be interpreted as disrespectful and dismissive. Rather than asking JetPunk to lower its standards down to your current (lack of) understanding, why not take the opportunity to expand your knowledge? Isn’t that ultimately why we’re all here?
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level 66
Jul 10, 2019
missed sign language, both versions of hebrew and ancient greek
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level 49
Jul 10, 2019
American Sign Language hahahahahahahahaha^^ hilarious^^ [not meant as an insult to deaf people just funny to see it next to spoken languages]
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level 76
Jul 10, 2019
why?
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level 76
Jul 10, 2019
Are you one of those people who thinks that sign languages are just regular languages adapted to finger spelling?
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level 81
Jul 10, 2019
I think it is great to be included just to remind people in general that you don't have to be able to hear and speak to have a language. I also didn't think of sign language at all.
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level 76
Jul 10, 2019
I took Spanish in both high school and at university. I signed up for Japanese in high school but the class was cancelled due to lack of interest.
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level 61
Jul 10, 2019
We had three options: Spanish, French or German
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level 33
Jul 11, 2019
Students at my school had to learn Indonesian.
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level 37
Jul 11, 2019
To be exact Bahasa Indonesian, but they got the language and change it slightly from Bahasa Malay
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level 60
Jul 11, 2019
Are they really that similar? I studied Bahasa Indonesia but when I visited Malaysia I had a hard time understanding anybody.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2019
It's generally thought to be one language. But I don't know enough to say myself how close they actually are.
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level 45
Jul 11, 2019
Fifteen to twenty years ago, my Chinese teachers would brag about how common it was to study Chinese in the USA. I tried to explain to my fellow students (generally Japanese or Korean) that that was actually not true, but nobody believed me.
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level 60
Jul 12, 2019
One of these is not like the rest.
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level 71
Jul 13, 2019
Wait, lemme guess – you’re talking about Russian because it’s the only Slavic language on the list, right? Because surely you didn’t mean to point out any other of these full and rich languages with a disparaging quip.