Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Most Studied Foreign Languages

Do you know what are the most studied foreign languages?
(Data derived from U.S. schools only.)

Language Fall 2002 Enrollments % Change From 1998

1. Spanish 746,267 13.7%
2. French 201,979 1.5
3. German 91,100 2.3
4. Italian 63,899 29.6
5. American Sign Language 60,781 432.22
6. Japanese 52,238 21.1
7. Chinese 34,153 20.0
8. Latin 29,841 14.1
9. Russian 23,921 0.5
10. Ancient Greek 20,376 24.2


Source: Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at the Modern Language Association, Foreign Language Enrollments in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2002.

How about widely spoken languages in the world?