second language


: a language that is learned in addition to the language a person first learned as a young child

Examples of second language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tuchman spoke English as a second language, and her parents were unaware of all available resources. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The researchers surmised that while the embedding layer stored information specific to the words used in the language, the deeper levels of the network stored more abstract information about the concepts behind human languages, which then helped the model learn the second language. Amos Zeeberg, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2024 Simply wanting the skill of speaking a second language is one many long to have. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 There are 63 million people whose first language is Italian, with an additional 3 million who speak it as a second language, according to Babbel. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Those programs are not just focused on traditional two-year degrees, but also include community education programs like those for people learning English as a second language or adults finishing a high school diploma. Journal Sentinel, 1 Mar. 2024 In the decades after his serendipitously erroneous prediction, migration from Latin America radically transformed Los Angeles and made Spanish the city’s second language. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Speaking with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie after the pre-recorded segment, Garner acknowledged that English was a second language for many in the Alpaugh area. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 This added to the sheer numbers of elementary age children and children in second language programs, and therefore, reading proficiency suffered. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024

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“Second language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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