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Who are Heritage Language Learners?

April 26, 2017

 

In today’s ever-moving society, people more and more often are learning a second language from a parent or parents outside of the country where that language is spoken. You won’t be surprised to find out that we linguists have a term for these language unique people: they’re referred to as heritage language learners.

 

A heritage language learner is a person who learns a second language that would be considered a minority language in the country in which he or she lives. For example, a person may grow up in Spain speaking Spanish but learns English from their two British parents.

 

To go along with this example, more often than not you’ll find that as a result of learning English in a country that is Spanish-dominant, the speaker will feel more confident speaking and communicating in Spanish than English, probably due to the fact that they have only had English linguistic input from a couple of people.

 

So if you identify as a heritage language learner, fear not! If you don't feel comfortable enough translating or proofreading your own documents, drop us a line and we’d be happy to help. 

 

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