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foreign language


any language used in a country other than one's own; a language that is studied mostly for cultural insight


Spanish has been present longer than English, but since the majority of the population are native speakers of English, Spanish is often termed a foreign language.

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also foreign-language , (adj.)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • "I beg your pardon," said Larcher, as if the other had spoken a foreign language.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • The study of any foreign language may be made also a study of Comparative Philology.

    Cratylus Plato
  • The second division should be required of all students for at least one foreign language.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Let us take the case of the youth or man who commences the study of a foreign language.

    The Aural System Anonymous
  • But gradually she got the idea that they were speaking to her in a foreign language.


    Stephen French Whitman

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