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Rena Dunn teaches BYU’s only Navajo language classes. “People that have studied Navajo say that it’s one of the few complete languages,” she said.
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How ASL Students and Professors Have Dealt with COVID-19 Restrictions
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Michael Peck leads out in bringing new learning opportunities to his Kekchi class.
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Biking over two hundred miles pushes the human mind and body to its limits, but so does trying to learn a new language. Associate Professor Troy Cox (Linguistics) has experience with both.
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New research from Professor Blair Bateman and Assistant Professor Michael Child shines light on effectively teaching a foreign language to children.
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BYU is rapidly expanding the translation and localization minor, a program that will have lasting impacts on the lives of people around the world.
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Lila Rice spent 18 months serving and teaching people in Macedonia, and she continues to serve them from home as she helps translate the Book of Mormon into Macedonian.
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As a child in Cambodia in the 1970s, nine-year-old Chab Chheang, nicknamed “Nike” for his love of the shoes, crossed the border into Thailand with his family. But instead of finding safety, Nike’s starving parents were greeted by farmers who presented an excruciating choice: a bag of rice in exchange for their son.
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“The BYU College of Humanities teaches more languages at an advanced level than any other university in America,” wrote then dean John R. Rosenberg in 2006. A decade later BYU has increased its language strength, offering classes in more than 60 languages, with enrollments equal to two-thirds of the student population.
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BYU has long been known for its stellar foreign language programs, including for the number of programs offered and degrees awarded. This year proved no exception.
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Spanish. Danish. Arabic. Thai. Croatian. Kiribati. Welsh. These are only a few of the 131 total languages spoken on the BYU campus.
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Partnered with ACTFL, the Center of Language Studies works to promote language learning worldwide. 
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With so many missionaries who have come home early due to COVID-19, the Center for Language Studies has had its work cut out to accommodate so many students.
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BYU comes in at No. 3 overall, tops several specific language categories
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Award-winning teacher Lily Bueno is elevating Portuguese immersion in Utah and across the country.
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Language loss, or language attrition, begins almost as soon as missionaries leave their mission and return to an English-speaking environment. While keeping up a second language isn’t easy, it’s definitely possible.
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