by Tim Colley
Learning a foreign language gives you an advantage in all aspects of life - business, social, intellectual and so on. The world is becoming a globalised place and nothing increases your chances of being successful in this world like knowing a language other than your native one.
However, there is some art in knowing which one to learn.
Certain languages are more popular and widely-spoken than others.
This is why you have to check various aspects of a language.
Here are some of the popular languages you could learn in 2019:
This language has spread wide across Europe and the Americas making it a number one language to learn in 2019, after Mandarin Chinese. This may have something to do with its popularity in music and other media but there is a growing number of non-native speakers.
It already has 470 million of native speakers and the numbers are only rising.
With Spanish speaking countries being among the leaders in the globalised economy, you should definitely take this opportunity.
Mandarin Chinese is not the easiest language to learn yet once you do, you will be able to effectively communicate with billion people in the world.
The number of companies looking for Mandarin speaking employees has grown by 35% when compared to the previous years and China is predicted to become an economic powerhouse in the globalised economy. In addition to this, it's likely that there will be Mandarin speakers wherever you go so you'll be able to communicate easily.
Arabic may sound like a strange choice at first but this language is spoken by 300 million people in 57 countries all over the world. Arabic language is especially appealing because of the economic wealth of the Arabic countries.
The Middle Eastern economy has increased by 120% over the years and it's an enormous growth rate. If you want to enter that economy, you need to learn the language, even though it may be a bit difficult.
Germany has the highest GDP in Europe and it's another economic powerhouse where people are going to find new careers. Knowing German in business will offer you the highest bonuses over the other languages.
It's one of the three official languages of the European Union and it's most widely spoken language in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
Information about German | Fraktur script | Useful phrases | Silly phrases | Numbers | Colours | Family words | Time | Weather | Tongue twisters | Tower of Babel | Articles | Links | Learning materials
French is a language of romance with 80 million native and over 153 million non-native speakers. Because of France's colonial past, more people speak this language outside France than in France.
People learn it for pleasure and business alike.
Information about French | Phrases | Numbers | Family words | Terms of endearment | Idioms | Colours | Time | Weather words | Tongue twisters | Tower of Babel | Articles | Links | French learning materials
Italian has only 63 million native speakers and it may seem like one language on this list that you shouldn't learn but many people in the world learn it for the culture and pleasure.
It's truly a beautiful language - most studied language for pleasure in the world with 20% growth in enrollment in courses on colleges.
Choosing which language you should learn can be a daunting task and a big decision since you are going to invest your time and possibly money into it. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are enjoying the study process and that you truly invest yourself in studying.
Tim Colley works as a marketing and business analyst with Academic Brits. His main goal is to help companies create marketing strategies. In his free time, he likes meeting new people, contributing articles to online magazines and blogs.
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