Which Language to Learn? The 7 Most Useful Languages

Financial Implication:Due to the increasing global role of the Pacific Rim and Asia, as well as the economic ties between the US and Japan, learning Japanese is incredibly valuable financially.

If you want to work in international business or banking, learninga Chinese languageis one of the most useful languages to know in orderto beef up your resume. The tricky part is that there are12 different Chinese languages, with the most common beingMandarin(with 845 million people speaking Mandarin out of a total of roughly a billion people).

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but i want to learn spanish. its not difficult for indian people.

English has been established as a sort oflingua francaspoken globally. However, English does not suffice to be able to communicate in all work sectors (particularly those related totourismandinternational business).

Im so glad to see French and Spanish in this list, since Im learning both of them. Hooray!

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Here are thesevenmost useful languagesto learn for an English-speaker:

Although surpassed by China in recent years, Japans economy has been remarkably strong. Japanese is spoken by122 million native speakers, making it one of the most spoken foreign languages in the world.

Hi,Im from south Africa,I was planning to learn Japanese coz i love manga,and it would be so much better to watch nd read anime,although theres traslated anime I dnt like it that much,u could say the language interests me.

German is the language to learn if you want to earn the big bucks! In fact, you can earn 125,000 extra euros just in bonuses! You may be surprised by this as most people would assume a more common language such as Spanish or Mandarin would allow them to be more prosperous.However,knowing Germanas a second language puts you in a special niche and thus is more economically valuable.Additionally, Germany is a European powerhouse and so yields higher financial benefits than other languages.

Im 15 , I talk English , French , Hebew , Arabic , (Fluently ) Russian and Spanish and im learning Italian and Swedish .. ? languages are the best 3

Id love to study Japanese one day, so its great to see it among the 7 most useful languages! ?

We are not developing Japanese apps but I am sure that you will find resources on the Internet.

Perhaps the table below can give you an idea of themost common languages spoken. This chart is meant as a general guideline since its not easy to estimate. Here arethe 10 most spoken languages:

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im learning russian i know a good deal of spanish i dont know why im learning russian if its not listed as a major language i mean in the top 7 its not for this website i guess im just drawn to it

Learning Mandarin is an excellent idea because it is such aprized skill setfor the business sector and one of the extremely important languages in the world. Diplomatic and military professionals also will find Mandarin helpful. The small percentage of people who manage to master Mandarin have anincredible advantageover their monolingual counterparts.

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i love english language because its very popular language & easy.

Knowing how to communicate in Arabic isa plus for government and military jobs. Its also great for those in thejournalism and tourism industries.

Financial Aspect:Although Portuguese isnt as in demand as Spanish, it is currently on the rise. This is due to the fact that Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, which is an emerging economy.

i am crazy language learnerin one day (just one day only) ,i learnt so much of wriien n spoken japanese that i would hold myself well in japan without much help from englishspeak french,spanish,german,mandarin n few others.but i found russian very toughi know the alphabets..fluently i can read.know lot of vocabbut still i m not able to speak it well(forget fluently)any suggestions for me.wud love to help u in your learning..

My point is that useful languages are not just those with lots of speakers or even those we have strong trade links with. Germans, for example, generally have excellent English skills (especially younger folk) so I would question the usefulness of German in a business context. I reckon being able to speak a more unusual language is more useful nobody ever seems to learn Russian as a second language despite the vast swathe of planet Earth dominated by the old Soviet states, and Russia itself. Nobody seems to bother with Korean or Malay either.

However, manylearners of Germanclaim it is not the easiest to learn. High schoolers, for example, tend tohave difficulty communicatingin German, even after years of study (as opposed to a language like Spanish). This could be due to a lack of interest and motivation. If youre going to learn German, its best to do so when you have the time and canbuckle-down with your German lessons several times a week.

1. Mandarin Chinese   China, Singapore, Taiwan 1 080

This  video and article is for those who want to learn a secondforeign language(LV2)besides English and for English native speakers who want to master a foreign language, but who may not know which language to learn.All languages, of course, are useful, and there are plenty of reasons to learn each one.

Arabics importance is clear in that its the 3rd most common language formore than 300 million native speakersspreadthroughout 57 countriesin the world.

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5. French France, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, several African countries, Oceania, Antilles, South East Asia 290

Financial Aspect:Due to the wide usage of French languageas the second most learned language after English,learning French is extremely valuable financially. Knowing how to speak French opens the doors to working for businesses all over the world from Belgium to Switzerland to Canada.

Can someone help me choose? I am already fluent in Chinese and English, and I have some degree of knowledge in French (I know all the basic tenses, basic vocabulary etc). I am learning Spanish and German too. What language should I learn? Which one is the most useful?

Id love to study in several foreign languages. Now Im studying chinesse, next might be spanish. I also interesting Japanese, korean, Germany and french. I hope I still have a chance and time to learn all of them.

I identified two main criteria that we can use to determine the most useful languages:

For the second criteria, I base my conclusions on official statistics from theU.S. Censusthat highlight the U.S.s business partners throughout the world. For those in theU.K., the trade partnersare similar to those in the U.S.

Yes, Russian is tough due to grammar. Reading it fluently is wonderful. But, to speak it fluently you must have feedback. Be among those who speak Russian as their first language and speak only Russian with them. They can help iron out the kinks for you!!

French is not a difficult language for an Italian speaker, but its pronunciation is tricky!

Ive been learning Hindi, due in part because I lived in India for a while so it was necessary.

With Canada being the number one trade partner of the U.S.,learning Frenchcan majorlyboost anyonesprofessional worth.more than 290 million people worldwide, French has truly become a global language. It is the official language of 29 countries including France, Canada, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Senegal, Côte dIvoireHaiti, Belgium, Rwanda, Togo, Mali and more.

I suspect its similar for Arabic. There are a lot of bilingual English-Arabic speakers out there because of migration.

German isthe most common native language.It is spoken by more than 90 million people in the world.

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We have received several requests for Arabic and will keep this in mind. We have more languages coming soon but no date yet for the release of Arabic. Thanks for your interest!

There arecountless reasons why anyone should learnany of the most useful languages.That being said, for most people, the biggest motivation to learn one of the most useful language lies with their work. Being able to speak one or several foreign languages has become one of the most sought-after skills in the professional world. But what language to learn? What are the most important languages when you are anEnglish native speakeror you already have mastered English ?

According to Wikipedia, Portuguese is the5th most spoken language in the world(although these statistics are always estimates). Portuguese is spoken not only in Portugal, but also in thebooming economy that is Brazil. Portuguese is also spoken in several African countries like in Angola, where natural resources abound.

Language Country Number of speakers(in millions)

Many of the countries where Arabic is spoken provide the Westvital resources(like oil). It goes without saying that geopolitical events of recent years have also forced the Western world to become more familiar with the Arab world.

Germanys economy has been  steadily growing, reaching far beyondthe Rhine. Such growth has propelled the country intoone of the worlds strongest economiesfor import and export partners for both the U.S. and the U.K. Its also an official language of Austria and Switzerland, both of which boast strong economies, too.

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The 8th strongest economy, Brazil has seen rapid growth and has becomea major trade partner with the U.S. and Europe. Its strongest domaines are in minerals, iron, steel, coffee, grains and more. While Spanish has become the de facto language to learn for many,Portuguese is rising in importance.Professionals who work in business, logistics, and agriculture are sure to find Brazilian Portuguese a plus.

Im 17 years old and I speak English, Norwegian, Swedish, French and Spanish fluently. I plan to be able to speak Italian, Russian, Arabic and possibly Portugese fluently by the time Im 25. Then hopefully Mandarin and/or Japanese by 30.

Financial Aspect:Its quite obvious why learning Spanish has huge financial benefits for job seekers. In both Europe and the US, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language after English. It is also the officially spoken language of four continents. This makes learning Spanish very beneficial, especially for those in business simply due to the number of people who speak it.

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I would like to learn how to speak Arabic any help?

• The number of speakers throughout the world

I am confused in this all languages can any body suggest me a better language out of this

Much as I have been enjoying studying the language and the added richness it provides to my studies of Indian culture, it isnt a very useful language to learn in terms of your competitive edge in business. This is predominantly because of the huge number of bilingual English-Hindi speakers that exist in the ex-pat community in the USA and UK. While Hindi (and its sister language Urdu) are spoken by vast numbers of people, there are people of Indian/Pakistani descent who will speak it better than you ever will. The same goes for Bengali and Gujarati. That said, I was recently elected by my office to go on a business trip to India despite my relative inexperience at my job (which Ive been in for two months) and I suspect having the cultural knowledge and language skills made a difference.

The Japanese travel totourist destinationsthroughout the world. For those who want to work in the tourism industry,Japanese can also be a great skill set.

i am a native german speaker. first of all i am teaching my friend how to speak german. he has NO problem with it. Also german speakers fill 75% of switzerland. French only takes up 19% of the population.

Thanks for sharing your experience learning Russian!

Spanishis often said to bean easy language to learn. For example, Spanish is phonetic (you read words as they are written). However, the tenses and verb irregularities are more complicated than in Spanish than in a language like French. Its also important to realize that for a non-native learning Spanish, you have to compete with native Spanish speakers.

10. Bengali Bangladesh, India 210

3. Spanish Spain, Latin America   382

Spanish is the most spoken language in the world after English. Its also the native language ofmore than 400 million people across 44 countries,which makes it one of the most useful languages to know.

As noted in a comment made by Solal, written Arabic follows a standardized system common amongst the many places where it is spoken. However,the richness of Arabicis apparent in the different dialects or variations of the spoken language. A Moroccan may not necessarily understand a Lebanese person. Egyptian Arabic is a good dialect to learn. It is said to be the most universal (due in part to the Egyptian film industry).

Jessica, congratulations on learning Russian!! I learned the alphabet in one week. The second week I was reading a little Russian. I made good progress for a while, but I let it go over the years and I will try again. However, Spanish and Arabic are common where I live! Finding people to speak Russian here is limited.

Molto bene di apprendere la lingua italiana. Io comenso una settimana Ed io posso appena Dire qualche frase. Io sono arabo io parlato Arab francese englese spagnola e un poco di Portuguese

2. English United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, several African countries 508

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French is also theofficial languageofNATOthe United Nations, the Olympics, theRed Cross, and other international organizations. For Americans, since Spanish is often the first foreign language learned, speaking French gives youan edgeover other jobseekers.

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Naturally, if youre going to work in a specific country, no analysis or table is needed. Learning the language of the country where youll be living is the most practical solution.

Thanks for your message. Dont worry. Russian is a good language too!

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I plan to learn french next coz my friend speaks french,its a fun language and I know the basics for now.hopefully by next year I will be able to speak one of two languages.

Thank you very much for sharing your opinion and your experience learning languages!

8. Arabic North Africa, Middle East 230

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9. Portuguese Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guine Bissau 218

People are always going to learn French, Spanish and German. Chinese and Japanese are also popular (often for the challenge of it). Youre always going to have heavy competitors with these languages. A more unusual European, Asian or even African language might give you a whole extra level of uniqueness.

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Russian is actually more simple than you might think after learning the alphabet. Although it took me 4 months of 2 hours a week learning for the alphabet, three years later i can speak Russian fluent enough that I stayed in Russia for 3 weeks with no English spoken to locals!

Arabic has been classified by the U.S. State Department asone of the hardest languages to learn, along with Korean, Japanese, Mongolian and Mandarin. In other words, a certain level of motivation is required!

In my opinion the most useful is Spanish.

What was your learning technique? I would love to be fluent in multiple languages, I am close to fluent in Spanish and have a base of French.

7. Indonesian Malay Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei 260

ges. Being able tocommunicate in Frenchcan land you consultant, non-profit, administration, and tons of other jobs.

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Learning Japanesecan be one of the most useful languages to knowfor those who work in the automotive, communications, and financial sectors. Japan is the 3rd biggest producer of automobiles and makes up one of thebiggest producers of mobile technology. According to Forbes, Japan is also home to some of the worldsmost powerful companiesincluding Mitsubishi, KDDI, Softbank, NTT, and more.

Perhaps even the newer expanding markets of places like the Philippines would Tagalog be really useful?

According to the bookEthnologist by M. Paul Lewis, the top 10 most spoken native languages in the world consist of Chinese (or the ensemble of its 12 variantsincluding Mandarin), Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portugese, Russian, Japanese and German. (See the complete table)

China has become an unavoidablymassive presencein the world (new statistics show that 36% of the worlds population either lives in China or India). In addition to its growing population, China hasa stronghold on exports to the U.S. and the U.K., making it a valuable trade partner. Because of this, Chinese is an incredibly useful language to learn.

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Mandarin is known to be difficult to learn how to write since there are multiple moods and registers to conquer. However, the grammar, conjugation and tenses areinfinitely easier.

Financial Aspect:The Arab region is considered to be one of thewealthiest regions in the worldhaving more than $600B GDP. Knowing Arabic means the ability to enter into the Middle Eastern economy, which has grown by 120 percent in the last five years.

Francedominatesin pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, aeronautics, energy production, and more. In addition, with global initiatives to promote development in impoverished areas of Africa, French is key. Many countries throughoutWest Africa, Central Africa and East Africahave French as one of the official langua

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(Attention : These statistics vary according to the criteria used)

For those who want to do business,Spanish skills can bean asset for communicatingin Spain and throughout Latin America. The considerable size of the Spanish-speaking population of the United States makes it even more attractive on a resume. Americans who plan on working domestically in law, social services or in business cantruly stand outby being proficient in Spanish.

Financial Aspect:If youre in the business industry,learning Chinesewill open up a world of opportunities for you due to the more than a billion people who speak it.

Anyway, Ive waffled, sorry. Hope I made a point somewhere in there!

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