Ways to say hello in different languages


CCSS: 6.SPB.5, 7.SP.A.2, MP1, MP3, MP5

TEKS: 6.12C, 6.12D, 7.6G, 7.12B

Learning New Lingo

Did you download an app to learn a new language this year? If so, you’re one of the more than 30 million people who used apps to learn a foreign language during the pandemic.

Although the lockdown spurred a mini language-learning boom, these apps have been on the rise for years. Duolingo launched its first version in 2011 and today has more than 500 million global learners. Babbel got its start in 2008. These are newcomers compared with classic computer programs Rosetta Stone (1992), EuroTalk (1991), and Pimsleur (1963)—which also now exist in app form.

Features like lime-green grammar owls, live conversation, and gamified vocabulary lessons make learning easier—and more fun—than ever. Apps also offer more language options than most schools can offer. “When people have the option to study languages that are less common, their interests are much broader than the Spanish, French, and German you’ll see in most [American] high schools,” says Cindy Blanco, a linguist who works at Duolingo.

The data bear this out: While English, Spanish, and French top global charts, their popularity is waning. Major Asian languages like Korean and Japanese and Indigenous languages like Navajo and Hawaiian are now trending. You can thank pop culture—and technology. “Young learners are leading the way,” Blanco explains. “Just as [teens] innovate new words and grammar, we’re seeing that with language learning [apps] as well.”

Answer the questions using the charts and graphs above. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

Which app in the infographic has the greatest number of languages available

A. Babbel

B. Duolingo

C. Memrise

D. Mondly

Which language learning app had nearly 3.5 million downloads in April 2021?

A. Cake

B. Duolingo


D. Lingokids

About how many students were enrolled in German classes in U.S. colleges in 1968?

A. 100,000

B. 200,000

C. 750,000

D. 950,000

What percent of the top downloaded language apps had fewer than 1 million downloads?

A. 40%

B. 50%

C. 60%

D. 70%

What is the ratio of languages available to learn on Duolingo to languages available on Babbel in simplest form?

A. 20:7

B. 14:23

C. 9:40

D. 23:41

About how many more students were learning French than American Sign Language in 2006?

A. 20,000

B. 75,000

C. 125,000

D. 200,000

In 2016, a total of 1,417,838 college students were enrolled in a foreign language class. What percent took Spanish?

About how many more people downloaded Cake than Busuu in April 2021?

What other type of data display could you use for the data in the “Choose Your App!” infographic?

Poll your class on which language they are most interested in learning. (Visit scholastic.com/math for a poll template.) Then make a circle graph of the results.

Skills Sheets (3)
Skills Sheets (3)
Skills Sheets (3)
Quizzes (1)
Article (1)
Quizzes (1)