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Most Studied Foreign Languages in the U.S.

Spanish is the most commonly studied foreign language in the U.S., determined by the number of students enrolled in foreign language classes in colleges and universities. In 2009, over 864,000 students were taking Spanish courses, 5.1% more than in 2006. Arabic moved from the tenth most popular foreign language spot to number 8, with an increase in enrollment of 46.3% in just three years.

Language Fall 2006
enrollments
% change
from 2002
Fall 2009
enrollments
% change
from 2006
 1. Spanish 822,985  10.3% 864,986 5.1%
 2. French 206,426   2.2 216,419 4.8
 3. German 94,264   3.5 96,349 2.2
 4. American Sign Language 78,829  29.7 91,763 16.4
 5. Italian 78,368  22.6 80,752 3.0
 6. Japanese 66,605  27.5 73,434 10.3
 7. Chinese 51,582  51.0 60,976 18.2
 8. Arabic 23,974  126.5 35,083 46.3
 9. Latin 32,191  7.9  32,606 1.3
10. Russian 24,845 3.9 26,883 8.2

Source: Association of Departments of Foreign Languages at the Modern Language Association, Foreign Language Enrollments in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2010.

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