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Jun 12, 2019

The Difference between Foreign and International

The Difference between Foreign and International

These two words are often used interchangeably, but they are not entirely the same. The adjective "foreign" means "belonging or connected to a country that is not your own." "International", on the other hand, means "involving more than one country."


Per these definitions, one can say that something can be foreign but not "international". The Akan language is a "foreign" language to non-Ghanaians, but it doesn't mean the language is an "international" one. The French language is "foreign" to Ghanaians (because that is not their home language) and at the same time it is "international" (because it is generally/widely spoken or accepted around the world as language for trade, business, education, etc. Consider more examples to validate this distinction. 

© Eric Nuamah Korankye

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