9 Language Infographics to Celebrate National Foreign Language Week

Have you been meaning to study and learn a new language?

Whether you want to refresh your Spanish or learn Mandarin from scratch, you’re not alone.

In 2020, during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, 30 million people started learning a new language in Duolingo, a popular language-learning app. This number was 67 percent more than the new learners during the same period in the previous year.

It was even twice as much as the usual spike of eager learners who typically use the language-learning app at the start of the year (New Year’s resolutions, anyone?).

With the National Foreign Language Week happening soon, the collection of language infographics below can help you understand statistics and trends in language learning. You might also learn a new word or two!

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1. 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn a Foreign Language infographic

According to Duolingo’s Global Language Report in 2020, work is the primary motivation of people who want to learn English, the top language studied worldwide. Meanwhile, French and Spanish language enthusiasts do it for “brain training”.

The infographic below by PickWriters highlights ten reasons you should start studying a foreign language.

2. What Are the Hardest Languages to Learn infographic

If you’re an English speaker and do not have much time, you can pick one of the easy languages, like Spanish or Frisian, the closest living relative of the English language. If you’re up for a challenge, check out the difficult ones in the infographic below: there’s Arabic, Chinese, or Korean!

3. 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures infographic

When you’re learning a language, expect to come across words that do not have a direct equivalent in the English language. These words are usually a great way to understand to a local culture!

Our favorite is Danish ‘hygge’ which means cozy but also, as NPR’s Claire O Neill describes, ” a fireplace warmth with candles and family and friends and food, tucked under blankets on a snowy day, cup-of- coffee conversation, scarf-snuggle”.

4. 50 Awesome Facts About Languages infographic

The UIC London Language school team has compiled 50 interesting facts about languages and (at least) some of them will make you say wow! and tweet them to your friends.

awesome facts about languages infographic
Infographic by UIC Languages

5. Speaking of Languages infographic

Want to learn about the top ten spoken languages in the world? Or do you want to have a peek into the future about the languages that are likely to be the most spoken in 2050?

The infographic below has everything you need! It even shares information about how long it takes to learn a new language.

6. Vegetables in Korean infographic

If you’re a foodie and also learning Korean at the same time, the infographic below about how vegetables are called in the Korean language is a great resource.

7. Thank you in Chinese infographic

Saying thanks and feeling grateful is universal. Use the infographic below as your guide to saying thank you in Chinese.

8. Amazing Facts About the Arabic Language infographic

Did you know that the words alcohol, coffee, and lemon are derived from their Arabic counterparts? Discover more interesting facts about the Arabic language in the infographic below.

9. The Language Advantage infographic

If you’re still not sure if learning a new language is aligned with your personal goals, the Rosetta Stone team made a handy flowchart below.

The Language Advantage infographic
Infographic by Rosetta Stone

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on January 2014 and updated on March 2022 for relevance, new infographics, and comprehensiveness.

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Kai Tomboc

Kyjean Tomboc is an experienced content marketer for healthcare, design, and SaaS brands. She also manages content (like a digital librarian of sorts). She lives for mountain trips, lap swimming, books, and cats.

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