Which foreign languages to learn today to have more job opportunities and make a successful career in the future?

Experts in linguistics and international relations believe that in the next 10 years, the most widely used languages in international business will be:

  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Chinese,
  • Arabic.

English

English is easy and logical – it’s clear. Today, it dominates thanks to the big role of the Internet. As a global language, English strongly intrudes into all the national languages by means of mass communication. This situation is not going to change in the next years as far as English remains an international business language.

A decrease in demand for European languages is an undeniable trend. There is a dramatic decline in the number of learners of Italian and German. Nevertheless, we can’t ascertain their global reduction in the total volume of teaching.

Chinese

At the same time, the interest in the Chinese language is growing increasingly. It’s expected that in 50 years, Chinese will become the most important language of international business.

China experiences significant growth not only in population but also in its economic wealth. It’s predicted that China will become dominant in the global economy, leaving behind the U.S. and other leading countries.

Spanish

In Europe, a boom in Spanish is predicted in a few years, which has to do with the demographic crisis. As the crisis will get deeper, demand for professionals who speak Spanish will increase. It’s clear as far as the population in Europe is expected to grow as a result of immigration from China and Latin America.

Arabic

There is an increasing interest in Arabic among students. It’s not surprising since it is currently spoken in more than 30 countries around the world…

After all, whatever of these foreign languages you choose to learn, the knowledge of a second language gives you additional opportunities to find a job with a higher salary and to build a successful career in international business.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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