Rare languages have low popularity at Tufts

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Thu Apr 16 15:13:18 UTC 2009

The Tufts Daily


Rare languages have low popularity at Tufts


While it may be easy to recognize the words hola and bonjour as "hello" in Spanish and French, the words jambo and bonjou, salutations in Swahili and Haitian Creole, respectively, aren't nearly as accessible. While most college students stick to the basic romance languages that characterized their middle and high school educations, Swahili and Haitian Creole are just a couple of examples of the other foreign languages that a select few Tufts students are eagerly exploring.


At Tufts, interest in these less mainstream languages is small. As of now, Swahili offers only three classes, one in each level, reason being that typically by level four, there are not enough students signed up to constitute a class. Unless a minimum of six students enroll in the course, it automatically becomes an independent study.


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