OBE-WL

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

Alphabetized by Language

LANGUAGE COUNTRY(IES)
Adangme Ghana
Afrikaans South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi
Aiku New Guinea
Akan Ghana
Albanian Albania
Algonquin United States Canada
Amharic (aka Ethiopian) Ethopia
Amoy (aka Fukienese) Taiwan, China
Arabic An official language of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Yemen.
Araucanian Chile
Arawak Guyana
Armenian Armenia
Assamese India
Aymara Bolivia, Peru
Azeri Iran, Azerbaijan
Baharlu (dialect of Iran (17.2 percent of the population speak Azerbaijani) Azerbaijani)
Balante Guinea-Bissau
Balinese Indonesia
Baluchi Iran, Pakistan
Bambara Mali
Basque Spoken by the Basque people in Spain and France.
Belorussian Belorussia
Bemba Zambia
Bengali Bangladesh, India
Bhili India
Bihari (official spelling
Birhor, Bihor)
India
Bongo Talk Jamaica
Brahui Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh
Breton France
Bulgarian Bulgaria
Burmese Burma (now known as the Union of Myanmar)
Camboge (aka Khmer) Cambodia (also known as Kampuchea)
Catal Spoken in Spain, parts of France
Cebuan Phillippines
Cham Cambodia
Chamor (also called Chamorro) Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand
Czech Czech Republic
Dagomba (aka Dagbane) Ghana
Danish Denmark
Dari (called Farsi in Iran) Afghanistan
Dejula Burkina Faso
Dutch Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles
Estonian Estonia
Ethiopian (aka Amharic) Ethiopia
Ewe Ghana, Togo
Fante (aka Fanti) Ghana
Fanti Ghana
Farsi (called Dari in Afghanistan) Iran
Finnish Finland
Flemish Belgium
Fon Dahomey
French France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Haiti, and French dependencies. It is also spoken in many African and Asian nations.
Fukienese (aka Amoy) Taiwan, China
Fulani Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Cameroon
Ga Ghana
Galician Spain (Galicia)
Galla Ethiopia, Kenya
Garifuna Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicarauga
Georgian Georgia
German Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Grebo Liberia
Greek Greece, Cyprus
Guarani Paraguay
Gujarati India
Gurma Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso
Haitian Creole Haiti
Hausa Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Dahomey
Hebrew Israel
Hindi India
Hmong China, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Kampuchea
Hungarian Hungary
Ibo Nigeria
Icelandic Iceland
Ilocano Philippines
Indonesian (aka Bahasa Indonesian) Indonesia
Irish Gaelic Ireland
Italian Italy, Switzerland
Itonama (aka Saramo) Bolivia
Jamaican Creole English Jamaica
Jamaican Patwa Jamaica
Japanese Japan
Javanese Indonesia
Johkha Bhutan
Kabyle Algeria
Kafiri India
Kamba Kenya
Kanarese (aka Kannada) India
Kanuri Nigeria
Karen Burma
Kashmiri India, Pakistan
Kazakh Kazakhstan
Khmer (aka Camboge) Cambodia (aka Kampuchea)
Khowan India
Kikuya Kenya
Korean Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North) Republic of Korea (South)
Kpelle Liberia
Kurdish Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria
Lakota United States
Lao Laos
Latvian Latvia
Lithuanian Lithuania
Luba Zaire
Luganda Uganda, Tanzania
Luo Kenya
Macedonian Macedonia
Malagasy Malagasy Republic
Malay Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia
Malayalam India
Malinke Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia
Maltese Malta
Marathi India
Mende Sierra Leone, Liberia
Mohawk United States
Mossi (aka More) Burkina Faso
Nahuatl Mexico
Navajo United States
Ndebele Zimbabwe
Nepali Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sikkim
Norwegian Norway
Nyanja (aka Chinyanja) Zambia
Oneida United States
Orija India
Ossetian Georgia
Palenque (aka Palenquero) Colombia
Pampa (aka Puelche) Argentina
Papiamento Netherlands Antilles
Pashto (aka Pushto) Afghanistan, Pakistan
Persian Iran, Afghanistan (called Farsi in Iran; Dari in Afghanistan)
Pilipino (aka Tagalog) Philippines
Polish Poland
Portuguese Brazil, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau
ProvenHal France
Punjabi (aka Panjabi) Pakistan, India
Quashie Talk Jamaica
Quechua Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador
Quiche Guatemala
Rajasthani India
Romanian Romania, Moldava
Romansch Switzerland
Rundi Burundi
Russian Russia, Former Soviet Republics
Rwanda Rwanda
Samoan Samoa
Sanskrit India (a literary and classical language spoken by scholars)
Saramo (aka Itonama) Bolivia
Sari Cameroon (no scripture)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland
Seneca United States
Serbo-Croatian Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia
Seri Mexico
Shan Burma (now known as the Union of Myanmar)
Shona Zimbabwe
Shua Arabic
(Arabic,Shua - a variant of Arabic)
Chad (30 percent of the population) Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger (Spoken by less than 1/4 million people in these three countries)
Shina India, Pakistan
Shluh Morocco
Sidamo Ethiopia
Sindhi India, Pakistan
Sinhalese Sri Lanka
Slovak Slovakia
Slovenian Slovenia
Somali Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya
Sotho-Northern South Africa
Sotho-Southern South Africa, Lesotho
South Arabic Saudi Arabia, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Oman
Spanish An official language of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Sudanese Arabic
(not intelligible to speakers of modern Arabic)
Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia (spoken by less than 1 percent of the population in these countries)
Sukuma Tanzania
Sundanese Indonesia
Swahili (aka Kiswahili) Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire
Swazi Swaziland
Swedish Sweden
Tajik Tajikistan
Tagalog (aka Pilipino) Philippines
Tamazight Morocco
Tamil Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore
Telugu India
Thai Thailand
Tibetan Tibet Autonomous Region of China
Tigre Ethiopia
Tigrinya Ethiopia
Tonga Zambia
Tuareg Burkina Faso
Turkish Turkey, Cyprus
Turkman (aka Turkoman) Afghanistan, Turkmenistan
Twi Ghana
Ukrainian Ukraine
Urdu Pakistan, India
Uzbek Uzbekistan, Afghanistan
Vietnamese Vietnam
Visayak (aka Bisaya) Brunei
Western Caribbean Creole English Jamaica
Wolof Senegal
Yiddish Israel, Poland, Germany, Romania, former Soviet Republics
Yonba Nigeria
Yoruba Nigeria, Dahomey
Zulu South Africa; Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland
Last Updated: February 9, 2012