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What are the Second Languages of Countries Around the World? [INFOGRAPHIC]

We often know a country’s most widely spoken language. In the US and UK, it’s English. In Brazil, it’s Portuguese. No surprises here. But what about a country’s second language? What’s the second most popular language in the UK or Brazil or, say, Saudi Arabia?

Moving abroad resource website MoveHub.com has created a number of intriguing infographics and maps portraying the second languages of the world and the parent languages these second languages derive from. Some languages won’t surprise you, like French in Canada or Spanish in America, but others aren’t so predictable.

Check out the maps to see exactly what second languages are spoken around the world.
 
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Jan LThiem
Interesting, but awfully general in many cases and certainly less than accurate when it comes to Canada (First Nations would NOT say French takes precedence over their native languages - especially anywhere outside of Quebec). And I don't think you can lump Central American "second" languages into one language - that just dilutes the significance of their uniqueness. Certainly the same with scrambling together the linguistic tendencies in Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Seems to me this map does what we're hoping not to do here, I think: it generalizes ethnicity. I doubt as well that the Chileans would say their second ethnicity (which is really what we perceive when talking about the strength of a language) has its origin in English. They'd probably be dismayed. This seems more the reflection of outsiders' views of other countries and cultures. Back to the drawing board, I think.
 
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