Enroll Fall Semester 2015 in a FLANG 101 course!

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Try something unique and new this coming semester by enrolling in a less-commonly taught language (LCTL) here at BYU!

Looking to fulfill the Languages of Learning GE requirement? Be unique and take a less-commonly taught language (LCTL) here at BYU! (The teaching title for all LTCL classes is FLANG when you register, with exceptions noted in brackets) There is always value and insight to be gained when learning a new language, especially a critical language that few others may consider. FLAS is a scholarship opportunity that even helps students get paid to learn such languages!

To check official course listings consult the BYU catalog or visit the CLS office (3086 JFSB). 


Afrikaans [AFRIK] Considered by many to be a beautiful language, it is one that is also regarded as the easiest to learn for English speakers due to its logical grammar. It is spoken primarily in South Africa and Namibia. Also, being a Germanic language it an excellent ‘gateway’ if one is going to go on to learn Dutch or German. 


Hawaiian [FLANG] Why learn the: ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi? Maybe in order to gain a deeper appreciation for the Island’s culture and its people, revitalize the language, or for love. Whatever the case- everyone who takes Hawaiian agrees on one thing: it’s fun!


Hindi [FLANG] Namaste! Did you know that in as little as 30 years India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populated country? Hindi is the most widely spoken of the languages there and is mutually intelligible with Urdu and others, providing opportunities in business, political science, foreign aid, and government. Taking Hindi on campus also completes the language requirements for the Asian Studies major and minor and ROTC students on campus can get paid up to $600 for taking Hindi because it’s a Critical Language, plus you get to enjoy Bollywood movies in their fullest!


Indonesian [FLANG] Both a Critical and FLAS Language- and yet the only Asian Language listed which boasts no hassle of learning a new alphabet or tones. In fact, many have described it as easy, because it does not have tense; gender; or even a complex vocabulary.  Indonesia is currently the 4th most populated country in the world- with more than 250 million speakers of Indonesian and Malay worldwide. If you ever think to spend time in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei or Singapore, this is a must!


Navajo [FLANG] Preserve and perpetuate a language of Native America and WWIII code-talkers! Though a complex and difficult language of itself this class offered at BYU is a real opportunity as the language is best learned in a classroom setting. There are just an estimated 120,000 speakers but remains the most spoken of any native North-American language!


Persian [FLANG] Though written in Arabic script it is actually a Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Due to the current tense political relationship between the US and Iran, Americans who study Persian typically look for jobs in government sectors, but it is also the language of rich and long-standing culture that reaches as far as the Greek Empire and full of literary treasures with poets such as Rumi, Ferdowsi, and Havez.


Polish [POLSH] Since, over the last 200 years, Poles have immigrated to every corner of the world it's hard not to have some distant Polish roots! People from Poland will be amazed and will open up to you much more if you have any grasp on the language. (FLAS Language)


Romanian [ROM] An eastern European language but one that you can find it’s speakers throughout most of the continent. Although technically part of the Romance language family (along with French and Spanish) it’s perhaps a little more distant than the rest. Remember the song ‘Dragostea din tei’? =Romanian!  (FLAS)


Samoan [FLANG] Take this class and keep Polynesian culture and tradition healthy and living. There are approximately 470,000 speakers worldwide and only about half live on the Samoan Islands, the rest are predominately located in New Zealand and the US.


Swahili [FLANG] The language is a good vehicle to accessing East Africa culture and enhances credibility of researchers in Africa. It is the most important and widely studied indigenous language of Africa, spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, as well as parts of the Congo and Somalia. The fact that it’s also a Critical Language means it’s in demand for speakers to help in refugee and other affairs.


Tagalog [FLANG] Whether it’s being able to speak to your friends, neighbors, or brother who served a mission in the Philippines, learning Tagalog will enhance your world view and you’ll sure to have opportunities of its use in a variety of settings.


Thai [FLANG] Thailand is a destination of many international travelers and a grip on the language goes a long way. One of the best reasons to learn Thai is the warm, friendly people, and the opportunity it provides you to get out of the tourist-targeted Bangkok area and into the smaller towns and villages. (FLAS)


Tongan [FLANG] Emerge yourself in this vibrant and animated culture the best way possible- learning the language with others who love Tonga as well!


Turkish [FLANG] With more than 64 million speakers,many have noted Turkey as an emerging world power in both business and politically.  In fact, students wishing to study Turkish could potentially benefit from the many scholarships offered to learn this increasingly important and diffused language throughout the Middle East and-more recently- Europe. (FLAS)


Welsh [WELSH] Is the strongest of the Celtic languages, with around a half million speakers. Our Welsh program is something special, if you’re still not convinced; try out the 1 credit Welsh Choir (FLANG 305).  (FLAS)