Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The most useful foreign languages an English speaker can learn, and why

“Let’s get down to business!
While choosing which language to learn is a very subjective thing, I find these three lists make it clear which languages you should consider:
  1. The 10 most spoken languages in the world (excluding English, of course): Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Punjabi, and German.
  2. The list of 10 most spoken languages by number of countries: French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Mandarin, Malay, Kiswahili, and Russian.
  3. The six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.”

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