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Languages you can learn to stay ahead

Languages are the most mysterious and magical inventions of humans. What geniuses have humans been to use mere sounds to produce entire set of letters, to combine them to make words and create meanings out of them? Languages have set human beings apart from other less developed animal species by helping to effectively communicate our needs and wants, exactly as we want to communicate them.

Imagine this world without languages. You probably wouldn’t be doing that since I wouldn’t have asked you to had I not known this wonderful language named English. A language not only helps you to communicate with your community but also helps to understand the roots of your ancestors, including its rules, rituals and traditions of life

There are about 6500 spoken languages in the world but not all have found its way to gain many speakers. Speakers of a language are mainly determined by the population and influence of a particular nation or ethnicity in the world. Knowledge of a second language helps to increase your business and career prospects in that area.

While the higher number of people speaking a language does not mean that the language is better than other, it does mean that they are useful in the real world. Learning the languages spoken by people of specific nation and in larger numbers will help you in the business world. Learning a new language increases your career prospect in proportion to the number of people speaking it.

Learn these top 10 languages of the world to stay ahead.

  1. 1 Chinese

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    There should have been little doubt regarding the fact that Chinese language would top this list. Given that China has the largest population in the world; it is evident that Chinese is the most spoken language. The 1.3 billion population of China is assumed to use Chinese, in its different variations such as Mandarin and Cantonese. 


    Apart from this, China has grown in the past decade into the largest manufacturing and the second largest economy by GDP. And mind you, nothing impresses a Chinese like a foreigner who put in the effort to learn Chinese. This shows you how much you could benefit from learning Chinese as your second language in the business world.

  2. 2 Spanish

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    Next up in line is Spanish, with around 442 million native speakers around the world. Learning Spanish will open up various prospects for you as the language is spoken in many continents across the globe. It is a major language in all of Southern and Central America along with Spain. 


    Spanish has overthrown English, which is considered the unofficial universal language, in terms of number of native speakers. The number of Spanish speakers is the second highest in the US, only after Mexico and even before Spain itself. Getting by through various swatches of the US and some other continents will be easier if you have the knowledge of Spanish language under your belt.

  3. 3 English

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    Well, English is a language you don’t have to work very hard to master since the fact that you are reading this means you already understand English. There are about 373 million native speakers of English and about one and half a billion speakers who learned it as a second language.


    It has been recognized as the language of international deals and communication for decades now. Every nation has a population that understands English and more populations aiming to learn the language. Even a nation like China puts special care to make its citizens fluent in English, which is very possible as English is easier to catch up to, unlike Chinese.


    Learning English opens up new opportunities for people aiming to improve their lives. In developing nations, reading and writing basic English is still a big deal. This shows the influence that the US has on the world economy and it is truly a surprise how Chinese and Spanish speakers managed to outnumber English speakers.

  1. 4 Arabic

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    Arabic is a language spoken by around 315 million native and total 422 million speakers and the number is probably an underestimate. Like Chinese, Arabic has various versions of the language and each is so different that you could consider it a new language altogether.


    For convenience purposes, all these variations are grouped together as one and called Arabic. The modern standard Arabic is closely related to the Arabic in the Quran, in its written form. There are 21 countries in the world with Arabic as their official language. Looking for the best way to conquer the language of 21 nations at a time? Learn Arabic.

  2. 5 Hindi

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    The most spoken language in India and some parts of Pakistan, Hindi is among the most used of 23 official languages in India. While the majority of the people in the second highest populated country in the world speak Hindi, it is also spoken as a second or third language in many countries such as Nepal, Pakistan and Fiji.


    It has around 260 million native speakers and 520 million speakers altogether. Much credit is to be given to the Bollywood industry of India which promotes the language around the world. Derived from the Devnagri script, it has contributed many words to the English language such as Aiyo, Guru, and Thug. Learning the language will help a lot if you travel or move to India or its neighboring Asian nations.

  3. 6 Bengali

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    To see Bengali on this list comes as a surprise greater than English being the third on the list. Given the relatively smaller area of land populated by native speakers of Bengali, it is a mystery how there are around 243 million native speakers of the language around the world. It has even outnumbered the language of Russia by some reason unexplainable. 


    Before the partition of Bangladesh from India, Bengali was the official language of Bengal, the western part of India. In the present day, it is spoken in West Bengal and the distributed nation of Bangladesh. It is also prevalent in parts of India such as the city of Kolkata, Assam, Tripura and Andaman Nicobar Islands. It is the second mostly used language in India, just after Hindi. 

  1. 7 Portuguese

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    Portuguese speakers owe it to the colonial ancestors of Portugal who brought the language to parts of Asia, America and Africa. While travelling to these continents as traders in the European colonization of the 15th century, the language was transferred to the populations there and variations have been created accordingly. 


    Around 223 million native speakers of Portuguese can be found around the world and is widely used in various nations such as Brazil, Goa, Angola, Mozambique, Macau and other small nations around the world. It is the second most romantic language in the world, after Spanish.


  2. 8 Russian

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    The language of Russia has around 154 million native and total of 265 million speakers around the world. It is one of the six languages used by the UN. Russian language is known for its grammar and its beautiful Cyrillic script. 

    It is used in nations such as Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The widespread use could be attributed to the large area of occupation of Russians before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  3. 9 Japanese

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    Japanese native speakers amount to 128 million around the world. Japan is one of the most geographically concentrated nations with almost all the speakers living in Japan. A small number can be found in the US, Brazil and the Philippines. 

    The anime industry of Japan is encouraging the younger generation to learn Japanese so that they can understand the anime productions without subtitles. The living standards of Japan are increasing and Japan is demanding workers from abroad due to its ageing population. Learning Japanese could help you secure a job in Japan for a better future.

  1. 10 Lahnda (Punjabi)

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    Another language from the Indian subcontinent on the list shows how culturally variant the region is. Punjabi has taken the last spot on the list of the most spoken languages of 2018. It has around 119 million native speakers spread across northern India and Eastern Pakistan.

                                       

    At the time of partition of India and Pakistan, Punjab was sliced into the Punjab of India and Punjab of Pakistan. The language has been preserved on both sides of the border and is one of the most widely used languages in Bollywood songs. 50% of the top-charters in India are in the Punjabi dialect and almost all of India has the basic knowledge of the language, except of the fact that it is also called Lahnda or Lahndi.

  1. 1 Chinese

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    There should have been little doubt regarding the fact that Chinese language would top this list. Given that China has the largest population in the world; it is evident that Chinese is the most spoken language. The 1.3 billion population of China is assumed to use Chinese, in its different variations such as Mandarin and Cantonese. 


    Apart from this, China has grown in the past decade into the largest manufacturing and the second largest economy by GDP. And mind you, nothing impresses a Chinese like a foreigner who put in the effort to learn Chinese. This shows you how much you could benefit from learning Chinese as your second language in the business world.

  2. 2 Spanish

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    Next up in line is Spanish, with around 442 million native speakers around the world. Learning Spanish will open up various prospects for you as the language is spoken in many continents across the globe. It is a major language in all of Southern and Central America along with Spain. 


    Spanish has overthrown English, which is considered the unofficial universal language, in terms of number of native speakers. The number of Spanish speakers is the second highest in the US, only after Mexico and even before Spain itself. Getting by through various swatches of the US and some other continents will be easier if you have the knowledge of Spanish language under your belt.

  3. 3 English

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    Well, English is a language you don’t have to work very hard to master since the fact that you are reading this means you already understand English. There are about 373 million native speakers of English and about one and half a billion speakers who learned it as a second language.


    It has been recognized as the language of international deals and communication for decades now. Every nation has a population that understands English and more populations aiming to learn the language. Even a nation like China puts special care to make its citizens fluent in English, which is very possible as English is easier to catch up to, unlike Chinese.


    Learning English opens up new opportunities for people aiming to improve their lives. In developing nations, reading and writing basic English is still a big deal. This shows the influence that the US has on the world economy and it is truly a surprise how Chinese and Spanish speakers managed to outnumber English speakers.

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