Global networking, which includes social, professional and academic transactions, requires the speaking and study of different languages. Businesses are no longer limited to their countries of origin. Today's world is now a small global village, weaving together multiple nationalities, cultures, and countries. Globalization is responsible for taking business operations across continents.
However, with more than 7,000 languages in the world, it makes it difficult to decide which languages are the most useful to learn.
The following is a list of five languages that are worth learning due to their influence on the world economy.
Arabic is the official language of the Arabic League, which is made up of not less than 22 countries. It also serves as the liturgical language of an entire Muslim civilization. Since the democratic revolutions of the Arab Spring, it has become one of the fastest-growing languages in the world. There are more than 205 million people in this region, 420 million people speak Arabic, and it gains strength and influence from another 100 million non-native speakers across the globe.
Additional proof of the importance of the Arabic language is that it is the language spoken while setting million-dollar oil deals in Cairo, and it is the language of stock trading in Doha and Qatar. Arabic is certainly a language worth learning due to its strong cultural impact and influence on the world economy.
For decades, Germany has remained Europe's largest economy. 80 million Germans are responsible for a global GDP of 4.5 %. German is the most spoken language in the European continent. There are 105 million native speakers in addition to 80 million people around the globe who speak it as their second language. The language sounds severe and authoritarian, which is a reflection of Germany's determination to maintain it's power and influence in the world economy.
Not surprisingly, in addition to Chinese, Japanese ranks among one of the top Asian languages worth learning as a result of Japan's economic strength and influence. Japan is also famous for advancements in the field of science and technology. There are 127 million native speakers and an equal number of non-native speakers throughout the world. Notably, Japanese symbols may initially be difficult to comprehend, but it is a beautiful language and no more demanding than many of its European counterparts.
There is no other language in the world with more native speakers than Chinese! 982 million persons are native speakers, while altogether 1.1 billion know the Mandarin dialect. By the year 2050, China is expected to become the world's leading economy due to the huge economic shift China has experienced in the past 30 years, from national trade to international trade ties, and cross border treaties, to advances in the field of science and technology, making the language influential worldwide, and definitely worth it to learn.
Undoubtedly, English is the most influential and recognized language in the world. English is the native tongue of the internet and computer technology. 375 million are native English speakers, more than 1.5 billion use it to some extent. English is the official language of the United States, Great Britain, and Canada, which are all leading world economies.
About the Author
Renee Barrett was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She currently resides in the Bronx. Renee holds master’s degrees in both Urban Administration and Education and is the proud mother of 7-year-old twins Zach and Noah.
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