Playing Around with Languages
Studying in the international program has let me experience the feeling of being in an international society, where students come from more than 60 countries around the world. The international program benefits me a lot in terms of language. I have learned that some countries in northern Africa have Arabic or French as the official language, there are 11 official languages in South Africa, and Afrikaans is similar to Dutch as Swazi to Zulu or Xhosa. I have also learned that people in Haiti speak Haitian Creole, which is similar to French as well as learning about Pidgins, Creole, languages of countries in the Pacific Ocean, and many more things that are interesting.
The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State has compiled approximate learning expectations for a number of languages. Of the 63 languages analyzed, the five most difficult languages to reach proficiency in speaking and proficiency in reading (for native English speakers who already know other languages), requiring 88 weeks, are "Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean". The Foreign Service Institute considers Japanese to be the most difficult of this group." (Read more)
The official languages of the United Nations are the six languages that are used in UN meetings, and in which all official UN documents are written when budget allows. In alphabetical order, they are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish (Read more)
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