Language learning in India is driven by people between the ages of 18 and 29, with fewer teenagers studying new languages ​​and the total number falling after the age of 30, the Duolingo report reveals. This pattern is different from the United States (US), where learners aged 13 to 17 constitute 22% of all learners in the country. Language learning is particularly popular among young learners in Japan and India, while in Germany everyone studies languages.

The report further reveals that young people around the world are passionate about learning languages. In many countries around the world, people under 30 make up around 60% of all language learners. This pattern can be observed in geographically, culturally (and linguistically) diverse countries such as Brazil, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Young learners see language learning as a tool to establish and maintain connections with the family, culture and media that matter most to them. This is also true on a global scale, according to the Duolingo Language Report 2021.

Additionally, technology has made it easier to learn new languages, people can use language learning to complement new interests – like learning some basic Korean while watching Squid Game and showing empathy and support to Ukrainians by studying their language. The overall percentage of young learners does not vary much around the world; however, there are notable differences.

According to the report, there are differences between people of different generations who are interested in studying languages. For example, in the United States, Spanish is the most popular language to study among all generations. One of the most interesting trends is that Gen Z learners tend to study Japanese, while their parents and grandparents study Italian. Japanese is the third most popular language for learners aged 13-22. It drops a bit for older age groups, and for learners 40 and older, Japanese is ranked sixth in popularity. Korean language popularity peaks at six for 13-17 year olds and becomes less popular for older learners.

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