Even if only 130 Australians of non-Chinese heritage can speak Mandarin fluently, there are many more if you count those of Chinese heritage. And a level of fluency is not the only measure of success.
This explains why some aspects of English can be hard to learn for speakers of other languages.
Young people from working class backgrounds in socially deprived areas are far less likely to choose, or have the opportunity, to study languages at secondary school, than their more affluent peers.
The language learning approach called "plurilingualism" empowers people to draw on many languages and cultural modes of communicating.
Learning languages early makes multilingualism “normal” in classrooms and playgrounds, and builds curiosity and even modest mastery.
Ethical decisions deliver less emotional impact when presented in a second language, study finds.
Coverage of a new study suggests it's impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after age ten. But that's deeply misleading – and not what the study found.
For South Korea, hosting the Winter Olympics is a great opportunity to engage the world with Korean language and culture.
There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.
The classroom setting is better for early teenagers, while self-guided language learning is better for adults.
Researchers have found that some individuals have a 'language aptitude,' which depends on how their brain is organized.