Take, for instance, the students in Buffalo schools who are still learning to speak English.

While Arabic, Somali and Spanish continue to have a strong presence, five of the top 10 languages today didn’t even make the list six years ago. Burmese, Karen, Kirundi, Nepali and Swahili have replaced Albanian, Kurdish, Lao, Russian and Serbo-Croatian.


The numbers are increasing, too. There are more students speaking more languages in the city’s classrooms today than five years ago, and they make up a slightly larger percentage of the district’s overall population. A laundry list of languages – Erie County – The Buffalo News.

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