a language learned by a person after their native language, especially as a resident of an area where their new language is in general use.
a language widely used, especially in educational and governmental functions in a region where all or most of its speakers are nonnative, as English in India or Nigeria.
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How to use second language in a sentence
The other piece too, is we provide things like debt-free degrees, mental health benefits, English as a second language, not just for you, but your extended family.Chipotle’s CEO on Fighting the Tide of Quitting Workers: It’s About More Than Higher Pay and Better Benefits | John Simons | December 12, 2021 | Time
A real advance for those with hearing difficulties or where English is a second language.Eternals Introduces Marvel’s First Deaf Superhero. But Accessibility Issues Still Plague Moviegoers | Kat Moon | November 11, 2021 | Time
In addition to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and GEDs, the program will cover English as a second language certifications.Amazon fights high warehouse turnover with offer of free college tuition | Tim De Chant | September 10, 2021 | Ars Technica
In parts of eastern Germany that feel neglected by Berlin, schools are now teaching Polish as a second language.
It turned out they did not, but were part of an English-as-a-Second-Language class that came to the bookstore every week.
British Dictionary definitions for second language
a language other than the mother tongue that a person or community uses for public communication, esp in trade, higher education, and administration
a non-native language officially recognized and adopted in a multilingual country as a means of public communication
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