Top 10 Languages That Should Be Taught In School


The Top Ten

1 Japanese

Japanese is a fun language, and you can find a lot of great textbooks on it. (Possibly due to how infamously hard it is (though, it's not extremely difficult, actually), and how now each textbook can claim to be the "one textbook that does it right"). It has a lot of patterns, and that's one of the things children are great with.

I think japanese should be taught in school so they can learn how to speak, write, read, and get to know about the Japanese culture I think that will be a great opportunity for the student to get know about Japanese and how say things in Japanese.

Japanese is very different from English. Since most schools only focus on Romance languages, which are similar, Japanese would be a way to show how languages can be very different. Japanese is also seen a lot in media, so it would be good to learn to understand it when it is in media. - Creepering

Very cool language. I could see people who watch lots of anime BEGGING for this to happen. - kaitlynrad11

2 American Sign Language (ASL)

My high school special ed teacher made the class learn this once. It was hard!

I have never met a single deaf person in my life, and this already nearly useless language would be totally useless if you meet a deaf person outside the US, as they probably use a different sign language. - UncleDolan

My school offers this, unfortunately, a lot of kids take it as sort of a joke language when they don't want to take any other language. - keycha1n

This shouldn't' be Tough in School because Not Many people Are Deaf and Understand Sign language - Charlotte79

3 German

German is a widely spoken language along with French and Spanish (which are the only languages taught at my school) and should be taught. - Myoosic

The language of science and math...

German is like an alien language -
Places- Stuttgart, Doorgstaat.
Names-Bastian Sweinsteiger, Arnold Schwarzenegger (I know he's Austrian but they speak German)
It is AWESOME. - jmepa1234

German is the only really important language to science *other than Greek and latin (biology)*

4 Chinese

Mandarin is commonly taught in schools

Easily one of the hardest languages to learn that I was luckily exposed to at a very early age. I can't imagine the work it takes to be fluent when you aren't given the environment I was. - keycha1n

Pretty fascinating language, and have some very interesting words. - kaitlynrad11

5 Arabic

When I did a project on Saudi Arabia, we put in a video of basic words. There was something about it that made it sound very interesting and cool. - kaitlynrad11

6 Russian

This language is very good. Pronunciation is much easier than English. Words sound how they look. No exceptions

This is a cool language. From pronunciation to writing...

Just because it's Russian.

I'd love to learn Russian!

7 Greek

Greek would be a very interesting thing to learn, especially to Greek mythology fans. - kaitlynrad11

Greek language must be taught in every school especially ancient greek because the most words are greek.

I'm Greek and I'll tell you its really hard to learn - jmepa1234

8 Italian

It's a really beautiful language that lends itself well to studying, and there is great italian literature, art and music too.
My perspective is that most kids are not going to learn to speak well enough in schools to matter internationally anyway. If you could open up the world of italian culture to them and they enjoyed it then that's probably more benefit than international preparation. Plus italian learners can bridge over to spanish very easily later on in their adulthood. - airbb

It's not an international language, only spoken in Italy and based on dead latin.

Io parlo Italiano, and think it should be more prominent in schools. - PositronWildhawk

9 Dutch

Dutch is historically seen such a wonderful country, love it!

10 French

Official language in 29 countries, spoken in 57 countries; in 2050 French will be spoken by more than 1.1 billion people ( from U.N.). Today, It's the 4th linguistic space in the world behind English, Chinese, Hindi but before Spanish; Arabic and Portuguese.

It can be an intelectual enrichment and it's very useful in a lot of economic domains (culture, art, aeronautic, industry, agriculture, science/high tech, diplomacy...). French is spoken on every continent by a lot of people and it's the most influencial language after English. - lili117

The Contenders

11 Irish

Dying languages in general should be taught in some schools.

12 Bahasa Indonesia

ABSOLUTELY! Indonesian (it's the exact same language) is a very interesting language! It's quite useful too, since Indonesia currently has the tenth largest economy in the world. The number of native speakers is increasing, and it's really easy as well. No verb conjugations. No plural nouns. Latin alphabet. In short: Indonesian is awesome.

13 Catalan

In Spain this is of Important - RedStinger15

14 Portuguese
15 Latin

I agree, it should be taught in school! Luckily, my school teaches it, but some kids parents think the language isn't "useful" or "needed in life"! But, it even help you learn the roots of the English language! - kaitlynrad11

I would've taken Latin in a heartbeat if I could have. It's still a very prominent language in the world of modern science. - higgsboson2142

Look to the future, Latin is dead

Enya and latintutorial keeps it alive.

16 English

ESL teaches this

17 Icelandic
18 Swahili
19 Tagalog
20 Proto-Indo-European
21 Swedish
22 Hindi

Hindi is best language

23 Finnish
24 Bengali
25 Norwegian
26 Scottish Gaelic
27 Urdu

Great language love it!

28 Tamil
29 Korean

We have a lot of trade with South Korea, e.g, Hyundai, LG, Samsung, and it would be useful to learn the language. Korea’s writing system, Hangul, Iis very basic, and easy to learn, and could be learnt in 1 & 1/2 hours, as it only as 24 letters. This gives the student more time to speak the language fluently. As Korea offers so much interesting culture, I believe it should be put into mainstream schooling. - jmoss

Cool language and South Korea has a rising importance in technology and media. Shout out to K-pop and K-drama fans!

30 Spanish

This may not apply to other countries but in the United States, we have a large Spanish Speaking population. Instead of forcing them to learn English, we should also learn to communicate with them in Spanish.

31 Ancient Greek
32 Czech

So they can learn how to do the ř.

33 Esperanto

Sure hardly anyone speaks it, but Esperanto is a very interesting language. It's probably the easiest language ever, with no verb conjugations or noun genders. Also, cognate vocabulary with other languages is very common, with it having similarities to Spanish, French, and even English. Also, it's been proven that learning Esperanto makes it easier to learn a third language. You can't beat that!

34 Turkish

Newsflash: Turkish has more native speakers than Italian, Urdu, French, and Tamil. And it let's you learn about Turkey's rich history, like the Ottoman Empire. Not only that, but it's the second language of Germany. It uses the Latin alphabet, which means it likely isn't as hard as Japanese or Mandarin. So, why not?

35 Serbian

Serbian is a Slavic language. - goranko

36 Cantonese
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