The World’s most popular languages
When it comes to the world’s most popular languages, there are three ways to look at the languages that exist globally.
First, you can rank them according to which language is spoken by the most people. In these terms the number one language is Chinese with 1.05 billion speakers followed by English with 508 million speaks and then Hindi with 487 million.
The next way to determine the most popular languages is by what languages are most useful to those in the business and commerce world. Although this list can fluctuate a little depending on whose perspective you are using, generally speaking the top four languages tend to be English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French.
English is the most common language found in commerce, business, on the internet, and is a second language since birth in many countries making it a very useful language to acquire. Spanish is on the list because it is used in commerce in trade in over 20 countries. Many countries that border a Spanish speaking country also commonly teach Spanish as a second language.
Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world given the sheer size of the Chinese population. Percentage wise, about 20% of the globe speak Mandarin Chinese and it belongs to a nation that has the strongest economy in the world after the US making it key language to learn in the business world.
France is a widely accepted cultural and historical language and thus many people who live in Europe and Africa tend to look favourably upon those who are able to speak the French language. It also is the working language within the United Nations which makes it an important language to know if you plan on doing ambassador or political work that transcends borders.
Finally, the third way you can look at the most popular languages in the world is by which languages are studied the most often by other people. Of course, the answer to this question will depend largely upon what country you reside in since the countries that border your own country play a role in many school districts’ decisions to offer a language.
However, it is widely accepted that English is one of the top studied second languages across the globe in countries where English is not the primary language. After English, many schools teach French, Mandarin Chinese, German and Spanish courses due to the importance of these languages for business and culturally.
It is interesting to note that as the world becomes more focused on culture and technology continues to rise out of the east, that non-Germanic languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi are becoming more popular choices.