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I am translating a text to English for a university describing a program aimed at multicultural literacy:

Students acquire minor languages in addition to English.

The above translation is no doubt correct, but is there a more tactful way to indicate "minor languages"? It seems that calling them "minor" could be taken as a value judgement.

I have been given "Mongolian" as an example of a "minor language".

Any alternate wordings would be appreciated.

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    Are they really calling them minor languages or do the students graduate with a minor in one or more languages in addition to their major? – Jim Jun 16 '15 at 23:46
  • Why is it necessary to comment on the languages? It's much more useful to give a list. If anybody actually wants to learn one of those languages, they may not be thrilled by them getting dissed by the multicultural literacy folks. – John Lawler Jun 16 '15 at 23:47
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    Are all non-English languages "minor languages" in this context? – sumelic Jun 16 '15 at 23:49
  • These are valid questions! @Jim, these are not related to concentration. "Minor" here is used to indicate relative language usage in the world. – Kyle Jun 16 '15 at 23:52
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    Students acquire fluency in one or more languages in addition to English. – Jim Jun 16 '15 at 23:58
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Here in New York City, exams are translated into Spanish and five other languages. All others are called lower incidence languages.

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It sounds like you might be talking about minority languages. Mongolian isn't a minority language in Mongolia, but there are Mongolian-speaking language minorities in China and elsewhere.

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