Now that you are back in school, it’s a great time to start planning which extracurricular programs and activities to add to your after-school activities. The clock is ticking—and there’s no better opportunity than right now to add learning a new language to your educational resume. While it may be a no-brainer that you should begin studying a new language as soon as possible, the question remains: what’s the best foreign language to learn?
1. Spanish
According to US 2012 census, data shows that in 2050, the United States will be the country with the most Spanish speakers in the entire world. If this isn’t reason enough to start learning Spanish, the romance language is considered by many to be one of the most poetic and beautiful languages in the world. With more than 500 million speakers worldwide, and 44 countries boasting Spanish as their official language, Spanish is also the second most spoken language on the Internet—right behind English and Mandarin Chinese.
2. French
America’s fascination with Parisian style has made French one of the most sophisticated choice for second language study. But apart from giving French speakers that certain allure—French is quickly becoming an important global language. According to a recent study by investment bank, Natixis predicted that French will be the most spoken language in the world by 2050, noting its predominance on the continent of Africa.
3. Arabic
One of the oldest languages in the world, students of the Arabic language are introduced to a world of rich history and culture. With 300 million speakers across the globe, Arabic is the official language of more than 20 different countries and has become the 5th most spoken language in the United States. In addition, speakers of Arabic are in high demand and low supply in America, a need that is only expected to grow considerably in the next decades.
4. German
Aside from being a world leader in science, technology and engineering, German is one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world, and is the primary official language in six economically powerful nations. Germany is also home to many important international corporations, making it a useful language to learn when considering entering a profession filled with global career opportunities.
5. Mandarin Chinese
More than 873 million people in the world—that’s close to one fifth of the world’s entire population—speak Mandarin! Meanwhile, China is rising quickly as a leading nation in the global marketplace. Many U.S. companies have large operations in China and also have business relationships with Chinese corporations. Students who master Mandarin are sure to become valuable candidates for employment in many industries and companies in China, the U.S. and all over the world.
What are you waiting for? Sign up for a foreign language class now!