Are you curious about the perfect languages to learn? You are not alone in this. To be sure, you may be drawn to a foreign language out of admiration for a culture. Or maybe you just like the sound of it. However, you may be a little more realistic. Perhaps it's about capitalizing on possibilities - for business and job, as well as vacation. If so, we're here to provide some inspiration. Continue reading to discover some of the most helpful foreign languages to study in 2022.
Arabic is rapidly becoming a very desirable investment for individuals seeking to explore the Middle East and Africa's expanding economies. The World Economic Forum ranks it as the sixth most powerful language globally. It is likely to continue climbing the rankings as commerce develops between and among Arab states.
Thus, French proves to be a rather argumentative language. For example, a 2014 New Republic article asserts that it is past time to abandon the pretense that French is an influential international language. Others argue that Africa's expansion would help it become a must-know language, particularly in 11 nations where it is the only official language. Therefore, whether you choose to go to France, Quebec, or Sub-Saharan Africa, it is still worthwhile to consider studying this lingua franca (pun intended) that has the potential to open some significant doors for your career.
While German is officially spoken in six countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein), about 100 million people speak Standard German. Germany is Europe's biggest economy, making German a vital language for international commerce and diplomacy.
It's a little surprising, given that Hindi isn't often front of mind when it comes to foreign languages. However, if you recall our piece on the world's most spoken languages, it ranks an amazing fourth, with 310 million native speakers. Based on popularity alone, it would be a pity to lose out on the expanding number of possibilities to speak Hindi - much alone the access to diverse and intriguing cultures that would result.
When Mark Zuckerberg publicly demonstrated his Mandarin proficiency, some were impressed, others laughed, and still, others were doubtful. Let's face it: learning Mandarin is one of the most prudent business decisions you can make. China's GDP is on track to surpass that of the United States by 2029, and it is currently the world's biggest trading country. Of fact, Mandarin is about much more than a lucrative commercial potential. It is the most widely spoken language on the planet — and the second most often spoken online. As a result, you'll have lots of practice chances.
While you'll have the opportunity to practice your Portuguese in Portugal, Brazil seems to be the next frontier for South American commerce. Brazil is still Latin America's biggest economy, and the language is not difficult for fluent English speakers. Indeed, the British Council included Portuguese to its list of the top ten most vital languages for the future of the United Kingdom, indicating that it provides an overload of educational, diplomatic, and foreign investment prospects.
Spanish is a very useful language. Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, and Spain are just a handful of the nations where you may practice your language skills with over 480 million native speakers worldwide.