About

My name is Jeremy Robinson, and will be your guide as we explore language and cultural resources together. My hope is that this site, along with associated social media accounts, will introduce you to some great tools to help you in developing your language fluency, cultural competency, and general familiarity with the world. I strive to personally use the products and resources I review on this site, which will give you a more in depth idea of each product through my personal experience.

There are many great products out there, and many of them come from smaller companies. One of my goals is to not only review products from well known companies, but also these other products that are harder for the consumer to find.

I have been interested in languages and cultures since I was young, and have had the opportunity to study a number of different languages in one way or another. I hold a Masters in Teaching a Foreign Language – Spanish from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and have over 10 years of working professionally in foreign language education.

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Focus Languages

According to Ethnologue there are currently 7, 168 languages currently being used in the world. That’s a lot of languages. With that said, I will be focusing my efforts on the following list of languages, selected through consideration of the most commonly spoken world languages, numbers related to enrollment for high school and higher education in the United States, most commonly spoken languages at home in the United States, giving voice to U.S. indigenous languages, and other personal motivators. This list may change over time, and reviews may also cover other languages not in this focus list. Languages in bold are among the top 10 most spoken languages.

Two females speaking different languages in front of world map.

The List

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Chinese (Cantonese / Yue)
  • Choctaw
  • Dakota & Lakota
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Greek
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Irish (Gaeilge)
  • Italian
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Marathi
  • Navajo
  • Norwegian
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Tajik)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog / Filipino
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yupik

Sources

  1. Ethnologue (About. Ethnologue. SIL International. Accessed May 22, 2023.)
  2. Modern Language Association (Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Summer 2016 and Fall 2016: Final Report. Dennis Looney and Natalia Lusin. Web publication, June 2019. Table 1a: Fall Language Enrollments and Percentage Change (Languages in Descending Order of 2016 Enrollments) p.32. The Modern Language Association of America.)
  3. American Councils for International Education (The National K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey Report. Table 4: Distribution of Foreign Language Programs (as reported). p.11. American Councils for International Education. June 2017.
  4. Ethnologue (The Ethnologue 200. Ethnologue. SIL International. Accessed 2023) Lists publicly the 20 most spoken languages by overall speakers (Native and non-native speakers).
  5. U.S. Census (Detailed household language (HHLANP). 2021 ACS 1-Year Estimates Public Use Microdata Sample. United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 22, 2023.)
  6. U.S. Census Bureau (Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States and Puerto Rico: 2006–2010. Table 1. Most Common Native North American Languages and Residence in American Indian or Alaska Native Areas for the Population 5 Years and Over. p.2.Julie Siebens and Tiffany Julian. Dec 2021.)
  7. Omniglot (Yue (粤语 / yuhtyúh). Omniglot.com. Accessed May 27, 2023)
  8. Asia Society (Persian Language. Asia Society. Accessed May 30, 2023. Specifically for information related to Persian and its dialects.)
  9. Ireland.com (Languages of Ireland. Ireland.com. Accessed June 1, 2023)

Statement of Transparency

Most products reviewed on this site have been provided free of charge for review. When you click on an affiliate link to a product page and make a purchase, or use a provided coupon code from this site, while not always the case, you can assume that I will receive a commission from that sale