European Languages at the Center 

                                         A political map of Europe, with strings connecting pushpins over various locations.

Albanian

Albanian is an Indo-European language spoken by about 7.5 million people in Albania, Kosovo, and the Balkans. It also has co-official or minority status in North Macedonia, Croatia, Italy, Romania, and Serbia. There is an Albanian-speaking population of about 250,000 people in the United States. 

Albanian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Armenian

Armenian is the official language of Armenia. It has two main variants, Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian. Written Armenian uses its own writing system, the Armenian alphabet, which dates back to the 5th century AD. The Armenian language is also widely used amongst the worldwide Armenian diaspora, with large populations in Russia, the United States, and France. 

Albanian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian

Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are mutually intelligible language varieties spoken by 21 million people across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro.

Our Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian curriculum, offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program, allows students to choose one variety to study and follow the corresponding textbook exercises and activities. 

Bulgarian

Some 8-9 million people speak Bulgarian, the official language of Bulgaria and a minority language in many Eastern European countries. Bulgarian is the first Slavic language found recorded in writing. 

Bulgarian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Multicolored lights illuminate a church and other buildings in Prague, Czech Republic.

Czech

Czech is spoken by almost 11 million people. There is also a sizeable Czech diaspora in the United States, where about 70,000 people speak it as a first language. 

Czech is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Danish

Danish is spoken by about 6 million people, primarily in Denmark. It is also widely spoken and understood in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Danish is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Dutch

Over 24 million people speak Dutch. Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and one of Belgium’s three official languages. It also holds official status in Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.

Dutch is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Finnish

Finnish is spoken mainly in Finland, with small populations of speakers in Norway and Sweden. Finnish is a member of the Uralic language family, which includes Hungarian, Estonian, and Sami.

Finnish is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Georgian

Georgian, the official language of Georgia, is a Kartvelian language spoken by almost 4 million people. Historical examples of its unique script date back to the 5th century AD.

Georgian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

White houses above the seashore in Oia, Greece.

Greek (Modern)

Modern Greek is spoken by 13 million people in Greece, Cyprus, and Albania. There are also about 300,000 Greek speakers in the United States, which has the largest population of people of Greek descent outside of Greece.

Greek is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Hungarian

Hungarian, at 13 million speakers, is the most widely spoken of the Uralic language family. It is the official language of Hungary, and the language of Hungarian communities in Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Hungarian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Irish (Modern)

Though English is the most common first language in Ireland, Irish is recognized as the national language and is still spoken by significant populations in the counties of Galway, Kerry, Cork, and Donegal. It is taught as a core subject in all public schools and in 4,000 Irish-language schools, or Gaelscoileanna, across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Irish is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

NorwegianRow houses along a canal in Trondheim, Norway.

Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken by 5.3 million people, mostly in Norway. Norwegian is part of a dialect continuum that includes its Scandinavian neighbors, Danish and Swedish.

Norwegian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Romanian

Romanian is a Balkan Romance language native to Romania and Moldova. About 30 million people speak it as a first or second language.

Romanian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.

Ukrainian

Ukrainian is spoken by about 35 million people in Ukraine. It is also spoken by over 1 million people in Russia, and 200,000 people in Canada. 

Ukrainian is offered through the Center's Supervised Independent Language Program.