Second language

  • a person's second language, or l2, is a language that is not the native language (first language or l1) of the speaker, but is learned later (usually as a foreign language, but it can be another language used in the speaker's home country). for example, there are two official languages of canada (english and french) and some people use both.

    a speaker's dominant language, which is the language a speaker uses most or is most comfortable with, is not necessarily the speaker's first language. the second language can also be the dominant one. for example, the canadian census defines first language for its purposes as "the first language learned in childhood and still spoken", recognizing that for some, the earliest language may be lost, a process known as language attrition. this can happen when young children move to a new language environment.

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A person's second language, or L2, is a language that is not the native language (first language or L1) of the speaker, but is learned later (usually as a foreign language, but it can be another language used in the speaker's home country). For example, there are two official languages of Canada (English and French) and some people use both.

A speaker's dominant language, which is the language a speaker uses most or is most comfortable with, is not necessarily the speaker's first language. The second language can also be the dominant one. For example, the Canadian census defines first language for its purposes as "the first language learned in childhood and still spoken", recognizing that for some, the earliest language may be lost, a process known as language attrition. This can happen when young children move to a new language environment.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Tweede taal
Alemannisch: Zweitsprache
العربية: لغة ثانية
asturianu: Segunda llingua
azərbaycanca: İkinci dil
Boarisch: Zwoatsproch
čeština: Druhý jazyk
Deutsch: Zweitsprache
español: Segunda lengua
Esperanto: Dua lingvo
فارسی: زبان دوم
français: Langue seconde
Bahasa Indonesia: Bahasa kedua
italiano: L2
kaszëbsczi: Drëdżi jãzëk
Kiswahili: Lugha ya pili
latviešu: Svešvaloda
മലയാളം: രണ്ടാം ഭാഷ
Bahasa Melayu: Bahasa kedua
Nederlands: Tweede taal
日本語: 第二言語
português: Segunda língua
română: Limbă secundă
русский: Второй язык
Simple English: Second language
svenska: Andraspråk
татарча/tatarça: Икенчел тел
українська: Друга мова
中文: 第二語言