modern language

noun
one of the literary languages currently in use in Europe, as French, Spanish, or German, treated as a departmental course of study in a school, college, or university.

Origin:
1830–40

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modern language
 
n
any of the languages spoken in present-day Europe, with the exception of English

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Those devices are part and parcel of modern language, and thus modern thought.
Listening and speaking are primary communicative goals in modern language learning.
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