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Is it right to use 'The' before a language, Like the Japanese, the Hindi?

marked as duplicate by Mari-Lou A, Edwin Ashworth, Bread, AndyT, J. Taylor Apr 18 '18 at 8:51

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  • too late in my time zone to do the research to write an answer, but I've never read "translating from the English we find that....." or "translating from the German we find that" but I have read "translating from the [obscure or now-little-spoken language] we find that..." for languages such as Inuktitut or even [classical] Greek. I think this probably was a habit of academics which has now fallen out of favor. Advice: don't use the "the" before a language unless you are writing for a publication which does. – ab2 Apr 18 '18 at 6:30
  • We normally say 'I speak Japanese' 'He is a teacher of Hindi',. As others have indicated, sometimes we use 'the' when referring to a particular text in a foreign language - 'I have read The Three Musketeers in the original French'. – Kate Bunting Apr 18 '18 at 8:29
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Only if qualified with "language" or for this to be implicitely inferable. Otherwise the meaning is obscure (japanese people/language/?)

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