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About the Turkish language See also: Turkish language History The earliest forms of the Turkish language were written in Orkhon script. During the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turkish was influenced mainly by Arabic and Persian. The primary writing system was based on Arabic and Persian script. Due to the difficulty of learning the script only about 10% of the Ottoman Turkish population were literate. Atatürk...

Speaking Korean offers you social and business opportunities in the region, but the increasing number of Koreans who are studying English sometimes makes it hard to practice unless you go to the suburbs or rural areas of South Korea. Compared to other Asian languages of the Northeast Asia region (Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese), this is the easiest to learn, due to...

On Friday, May 7, a summit meeting entitled, “Building World Citizens for California’s Success,” brought together leaders from business, education, public policy, and local school communities to begin developing a strategic plan for prioritizing world language competence to meet California’s current and future language needs. The California Language Roadmap is sponsored by National Security Education Program (NSEP), the UC Language...

In a recent column for the Washington Post, Why Waste Time on a Foreign Language?, Jay Mathews argues that "based on what actually happens in high schools, learning a foreign language often is a waste of time." Language Magazine staffer Kate Sommers-Dawes has responded in her own letter to the editor. Click here to read her response (registration may be required).

California's Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is providing thousands of language "survival" products to U.S. forces assisting relief operations in Haiti. Out of the nearly 20,000 language products that have been shipped, most are going to SOUTHCOM and the 18th Airborne Corps out of Fort Bragg. These products are designed to give ...

Language Magazine is urging its readers to ask their representatives to approve legislation introduced by Representative Raúl Grijalva (D–AZ) to expand access to and support for dual-language educational programs for children in low-income and ethnically diverse communities. The “Providing Resources to Improve Dual-Language Education (PRIDE) Act” would provide more...