I am looking for a word that specifically describes people who hate it when hearing other people speak foreign languages. It is similar to and subsumed under xenophobia, but manifests mainly in a strong aversion to foreign tongues.

Unlike xenoglossophobia or foreign language anxiety, which describes the anxiety arising from the learning or speaking of a second or foreign language, my targeted word is about the negative reaction to being surrounded by foreign language speakers. I know xenophobia already covers it, but I am looking for something more specific.

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Xenolingohassen: Phobia of hearing foreign language

Described in this article:

This hatred of other languages [is called] xenolingohassen from the Greek xeno (foreign/strange) + the Latin lingua (language/lingo) + the German hassen (hate/hatred). This new term should not be confused with xenoglossophobia, which is a clinical anxiety related to hearing foreign languages.

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    What's the source of the given definition? Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 6:29

xenoglossophobia (uncountable Noun)

A fear of foreign languages.

Don't let your xenoglossophobia take over: being able to speak Chinese would be a useful skill.

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    Xenoglossophobia was already mentioned by OP, who doesn't believe it fits because it "describes the anxiety arising from the learning or speaking of a second or foreign language". If you think this word fits, you need to convince us it's also used for fear of hearing foreign languages.
    – Laurel
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 4:49
  • The heading of the OP's question is about a word meaning fear of hearing a foreign language. You want to be convinced with the use of the word xenoglossophobia in that sense. You can see the word xenoglossophobia in my answer (from Wiktionary) and its explanation a fear of foreign languages. The link provided by the OP gives explanations of xenoglossophobia,which include the word apprehension meaning fear - fear of not only speaking, writing or reading a foreign language but also listening to it. Listening can mean hearing, can't it? Commented May 6, 2018 at 6:49
  • @All down-voters: You may rather ignore my answer and go with the link given by the OP. Then, you decide whether or not the Wikipedia explanation of the word xenoglossophobia covers the meaning of fear of hearing a foreign language. Commented May 6, 2018 at 10:22
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    @mahmudkoya The voters have voted and moved on. They will not even be aware of your comment. Only those of us who follow will read your comment and we will make our own choice, regardless.
    – Nigel J
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 0:52

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