Vocabulary Lessons

"Language Learning"

Introduction

Many students around the world learn languages in school or in their free time. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. Arabic
  2. Bengali
  3. Chinese
  4. English
  5. French
  6. German
  7. Hindi
  8. Spanish
  9. Italian
  10. Japanese
  11. Korean
  12. Polish
  13. Portuguese
  14. Russian
  15. Thai
  16. Vietnamese
  • brush up on my Hindi
  • master the Japanese language
  • pick up some Spanish
  • review Italian
  • study Russian

Practice

The most widely spoken language in South America isn't Spanish, but _____.

If you really want to succeed in a foreign country, you have to ________ the language at a very high level.

If you're planning to visit Beijing, you might want to brush up on your _____.

Follow-Up Activity

What are some of the countries where the languages listed above are spoken? What are the top ten most spoken languages in the world? Use the Internet to help you find the answers.