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second language

a language learned by a person after his or her native language, especially as a resident of an area where it is in general use.
a language widely used, especially in educational and governmental functions in a region where all or most of its speakers are nonnative, as English in India or Nigeria. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for second language
  • Knowledge of a second language is becoming an important attribute.
  • He was aware that many otherwise clever people are dunces at learning a second language.
  • Students must be proficient in a second language before graduation.
  • Students are also expected to learn a second language.
  • People will have little incentive to learn other languages and will only use a second language for social purposes.
  • It is the language of the land and a second language for much of the world.
  • If you're from the south, you have to basically learn a second language to learn how to write.
  • Speaking a second language suddenly becomes a lot less valuable.
  • Now he speaks it fluently, and recently he had a unique opportunity to see how our brains adapt to a second language.
  • Even better, learning a second language does not interfere with you ability in your first language.
British Dictionary definitions for second language

second language

a language other than the mother tongue that a person or community uses for public communication, esp in trade, higher education, and administration
a non-native language officially recognized and adopted in a multilingual country as a means of public communication
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