Twenty-one of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of world languages in grades K-5.
The majority of U.S. students
begin studying a second language at age 14.
Only 14% of U.S. students
consider themselves bilingual.
80% of students in Europe speak
at least 2 languages.
Of the 55 million students in U.S. public schools, only 50,000 students study Chinese Mandarin - a language spoken by over 1 billion people.