Many language learners aren’t just students of one language; many are students of several languages. As you start (or continue) your journey to become bilingual (or a polyglot), here are a few languages to consider.
Whether you’re learning for business and work, or for travel, try one of the following languages.
Here are our suggested 5 languages to learn online in summer 2020:
Mandarin Chinese: Mandarin is one of the fastest growing languages in the world. More than 1.2 billion people speak Mandarin. Also, Mandarin is the second most used language by internet users, so it’s possible that Mandarin will overtake English as the most influential business language, making Mandarin the potential language of the future.
Spanish: The significance of communicating in Spanish keeps on growing and the majority of its credit goes to the United States. The US is the world's second-largest Spanish speaking nation with over 37 million people communicating in Spanish as their first language and 50 million Spanish speakers overall. The Spanish-speaking population in the US is anticipated to double in the next three decades, so it's significant for those hoping to take advantage of the US market to start learning Spanish.
Portuguese: Portuguese positions just behind Spanish as the most used language in Latin America. It is spoken by more than 200 million people in Brazil, some parts of Africa, and of course, Portugal. Portuguese has encountered a significant uptick in recent years, due to Brazil’s increasing economic growth. The British Council included Portuguese in the top 10 most significant languages for the UK's future; a clear sign that it offers a world of opportunities for education, diplomacy and of course, foreign investment.
French: Our next suggested language to consider is French. French ranks second as far as languages in the EU and is the official language of 29 nations, including a large number of African nations. Interestingly, there are more non-native French speakers than native ones. French is considered the language of love, but in reality is also a language of business and governance. French is one of the official languages of the United Nations.
German: German ranks fifth in most popular world languages. German is officially spoken in six countries - Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Around 100 million people claim German as their first language. Additionally, Germany’s advancements in technology, coupled with its political and economic strength in the European Union and worldwide, makes German an important language to learn.