English is the lingua franca of business and academia. In most countries, it is the primary second language taught in schools and can be understood to some extent by 1/3 of the world’s population. English is crucial for anyone who wants to thrive on the global stage.
- Spanish / Español :-
Spanish is the official language in over 20 countries and spoken by over 400 million people. It is also the second language of the United States. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by 38.3 million people aged five or older in the U.S. This is more than double what it was in 1990 and is projected to continue to grow quickly. If you want to do business in the U.S., or anywhere in the Western hemisphere, español es para usted!
- Mandarin / 普通话”:-
China is a big country with a lot of people and ethnicities. Did you know there are close to 300 different languages spoken in China today? Although languages like Cantonese (spoken in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong Province, and many Chinese communities overseas) and Tibetan are widely spoken, the official language of China is Mandarin (pronounced Putonghua) and is spoken by more people than any other language on Earth. With the Chinese economy set to become number 1 by 2020, learning Mandarin could help you earn a lot of money in the future.
- Arabic / العربية:-
Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and is spoken by over 200m people. You’ll find this language spoken from Southwest Asia to Northwest Africa. If you work in the energy or defense sectors, or if you plan to work in international diplomacy, Arabic is a crucial language for you to learn.
- French / Français:-
Of course,we all know French as the language of love, but it is also a great language for business. It’s spoken in over 40 countries, mainly in Europe and North Africa. If you are looking to expand into European or African markets, say enchanté de français!
- Russian / Русский:-
Sure it may seem that the entire Western world is engaged in sanctioning Russia, but don’t count it out quite yet. Russian is spoken throughout central and eastern Europe and in Russia. It is the second most popular language of scientific and technical literature after English and is spoken by close to 200 million people. With one of the largest economies in the world, Russia is too big to ignore.
- German / Deutsch :-
Germany is an economic powerhouse on the world stage. With a reputation for quality, craftsmanship, and intelligence, German companies like Allianz, BOSCH, Siemens, and Deutsche Bank dominate their respective industries. German is spoken in some of the most economically important countries in Europe: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein. German companies are operating all over the world, and if you want their business, you need to learn their language.
- Japanese / 日本語:-
Like Germany, Japan has a reputation for excellence in business. Japan is one of the top economies in the world with the third highest GDP. Although their economy has tended to stagnate, it’s important not to dismiss the ingenuity of Japanese businesses. Learning the language, at least at a basic level, is very impressive and a great way to secure business with Japanese companies.
- Portuguese / Português:-
Portuguese is a great language to learn as Brazil is becoming an economic superpower. However, Portuguese isn’t just spoken in Portugal and Brazil, it is the official language of 10 countries from South America to Africa to Asia. Set yourself apart from all the people who are learning Spanish and try Portuguese!
- Hindi / हिन्दी:-
With close to 300 million speakers, Hindi is the official language of India along with English. However, learning Hindi does not mean you will be able to speak to anyone from India. Per the 2011 census, there are 1,635 recognized languages spoken across the country. The number two language in India is English and it is a crucial language for the business community in India. Although learning Hindi will help you speak to some Indians, don’t expect it to be a panacea for your aspirations in India.