A median of 92% of European students are learning a language in school. Far fewer K-12 students in the U.S. participate in foreign language education.
In a number of countries, people place a low premium on the importance of being native born to national identity. However, many
say speaking the dominant language and sharing customs is important to "truly" be considered a national.
The European Union is awash with languages, but European students study one foreign language far more than any other.
Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9.