The State Department Wants to Help You Learn a Foreign Language

October 20, 2020

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, Languages.State.Gov. This website brings together information on language programs offered by the Departments of State, Defense, and Education, as well as the National Security Agency, in one spot and offers an interactive quiz that Americans can take to  find the language program that fits their personal and professional goals. We call on all Americans to visit the website, take our quiz, and challenge themselves to learn a new language that can help advance both their careers and U.S. foreign policy goals.

As Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in his op-ed announcing the website and urging more Americans to learn a foreign language, “Deeper knowledge of languages—and of the peoples and nations who speak them that such knowledge brings—can illuminate otherwise unseen threats and lower the likelihood of open conflict. It can bring into focus hidden opportunities for cooperation and enhance appreciation of a nation's internal politics. Additionally, among friends, it can expand the trust and broaden the sympathies that already exist, which are crucial to an effective partnership.”

To meet our national security challenges, make our diplomacy more effective, and bolster our continued economic prosperity, the U.S. government is proud to support to support the study of Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, and more than 100 other languages. ECA alone helps thousands of Americans study foreign languages both abroad and domestically through programs like the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), National Security Language Initiative for youth (NSLI-Y), and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs).  This new website provides information on these programs and more from across the U.S. government and should be the first stop for students, teachers, and institutions looking for resources to support language learning.

We challenge all Americans to learn a new language. Visit Languages.State.Gov to discover funded U.S. government language programs that can help you, and our country, succeed in an interconnected world.

To stay informed on the latest information and updates, as well as to hear program alumni share how their lives have been impact by learning a language, follow ECA on Twitter at @ECAatState, Facebook @ExchangeProgramsatState, and Instagram @Exchangeourworld using the hashtag #NewLanguageChallenge. For press inquiries in the United States, contact ECA-Press@state.gov.

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