The new year is upon us. And it’s the perfect time to start something new in our lives. Out of the many new hobbies to choose from, why not make 2021 the year you start learning a new language?
Fluency in another language offers a lot of benefits. Not just in terms of employment opportunities, but also in self-improvement. But with all the languages in the world, which one is the most important language to learn? To help you, here’s our guide for the top 5 most important languages you can learn in 2021.
Top 5 Languages to Learn for 2021
Chinese is currently the most-spoken language in the world. It has about 1.13 billion speakers worldwide, and 918 million of them are native speakers. With all the speakers you can use this language with, Chinese is beyond doubt one of the most useful language for any language learners.
More importantly, China is now emerging as an economically powerful nation. In fact, it’s been predicted that by 2029 China’s GDP will have taken over the US’. With this in mind, fluency in Chinese will give you access to a wider range of career and business opportunities.
If you’re looking to explore career opportunities in the US, then Spanish will be a useful language to learn. With 637 million total speakers (450 of them are native speakers), it is the most spoken language in South and Central America. Not only that but it’s also the official state language of 20 countries.
But Spanish is not only good for work and business. It’s also practical for travel. As the second most spoken language worldwide, it’s widely used in many popular travel destinations – like Spain.
Did you know that once upon a time, French used to be what English is today? From the 17th century until the mid-20th century, the French was regarded as the Lingua Franca. It was the language of the upper class and was used in all legal transactions and documents. It only lost its status to English in the 20th century when America started to rise as an economic powerhouse.
But just because French is no longer the Lingua Franca doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn it. In fact, it remains an essential skill in the field of culinary. That’s because French culinary technique and its rigid structure serve as a guide for chefs in creating the right flavors, texture, and aromas regardless of the dish. So if you know French, chances are you excel in French cuisines as well.
From the day it has overthrown French, English remains to be the global language today. All over the world, there are about 1.26 billion English speakers; 27 million of them are native speakers. That leaves us with a whopping 1.235 billion non-native (or second language) speakers.
This is because, despite China’s threat, most of the top global economies − the US, Canada, UK, and Australia − speak English. The number of English learners continue to rise mostly for professional and business purposes.
Only six countries have German as their official language. These are Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. But it has 132 million total speakers worldwide, and 100 million of them are native speakers. German is also the most used language for international business and diplomacy in all of Europe because of its dominant economy.
But aside from its professional and diplomatic use, German is also widely used in academia. It is the language used by some of the greatest poets and thinkers in history. The long list of which includes:
Bach, Beethoven, Einstein, Freud, Goethe, Heidegger, Heisenberg, Kafka, Marx, Mozart, Nietzsche, and many more.
What Language Will You Learn?
Now that you know the best languages to learn this year, you can make a choice. With these statistics as a guide, you can make an informed decision about which language is the most useful to learn. But whatever you choose, remember that learning any language requires a lot of time, patience, and practice.
Also equally important is finding the right learning partner to help you not just learn, but also achieve your goals and objectives. If you’re especially interested in learning German, feel free to contact us and inquire about our language training services.