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.

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

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.

I think Japanese should be in school so other people know how to say thing in japanese.

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2 American Sign Language (ASL)

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

I would really love to speak Japanese fluently,but sign language is definitely more useful,and being able to communicate with a deaf person will definitely be very heart warming to them

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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


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4 Chinese

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

Mandarin is commonly taught in schools

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 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 Latin

Latin originated much of western Europe's language vocabulary, and gives a good framework for learning the grammar of many other languages (conjugation and cases are both present). Three of the most widely spoken languages: Spanish, French and Portuguese derive from Latin directly, so knowing Latin would greatly assist in understanding some of what people say when they speak or write these. - airbb

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

Enya and latintutorial keeps it alive.

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15 English

ESL teaches this

16 Portuguese
17 Swahili
18 Tagalog
19 Proto-Indo-European
20 Swedish
21 Hindi

Hindi is best language

22 Finnish
23 Bengali
24 Norwegian
25 Scottish Gaelic
26 Urdu

Great language love it!

27 Tamil
28 Icelandic
29 Korean

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

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

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

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