target language


Definition of target language

1 : a language into which another language is to be translated — compare source language
2 : a language other than one's native language that is being learned

Examples of target language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For total immersion, lessons are conducted in the target language and feature interactive real-life scenarios and pronunciation feedback. Simon Hill, Wired, 3 Nov. 2021 The project is a way to build reading confidence through simple texts in the target language. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2020 In dual-language classes, half the children are native speakers of the target language. Leslie Brody, WSJ, 3 May 2018 In dual-language classes, students receive instruction together in English and the target language. Leslie Brody, WSJ, 3 May 2018 The results assume that the student was a native speaker of English with no prior knowledge of the target language. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2018 The Fluent Forever process centers around digital flashcards for the 625 most common words in the target language. Macklin Levine,, 24 Oct. 2017 In language-immersion programs, either all or a portion of all core subjects -- for example, math, science, history -- are taught in the target language, according to the MCPS World Language Immersion Program website. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of target language

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of target language was in 1953

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“Target language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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