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Languages Taught in Linguistics Department

Arabic

Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 225 million people in Africa and Asia. And since the Qur’an is written in Arabic, people in other Muslim countries have from basic to advanced knowledge of Arabic. 

Chinese

Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people. This means that one of every five people in the world is a Chinese speaker. Chinese culture is among the Earth’s oldest; Chinese literature, art, and philosophy have a tradition that is thousands of years old. The Chinese economy is the fastest growing in the world and Chinese political, social, and cultural influence is everywhere. The Chinese language is the door to all of this.

English

The Linguistics Department offers many English language programs and services for English Language students and teachers, for international community members, for Ohio University departments, schools, and colleges, and for organizations in need of language and culture training.

Japanese

More than 130 million people around the world speak Japanese; most live in Japan, but Japanese speakers live in almost every country around the world. Japanese has three writing systems; Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana, and Katakana are used. Kanji was brought to Japan from China. Hiragana and Katakana are Japanese syllabic scripts. 

Swahili

Swahili is the most widely spoken African Language in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the national language of Tanzania and Kenya, and is also spoken widely in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros. Estimates place the number of speakers at 100 million people. Swahili is the only official African language of the African Union, and its status as a lingua franca in the east and central African region makes it an important language to learn. It is taught in more than 50 universities in the United States. It is also taught in many universities in Europe and Asia.

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