Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Want to Learn a Foreign Language?

“Want to learn a foreign language?


But before selecting which language you would like to invest your time, effort and perhaps your money in and — unless you have a specific reason for wanting to learn, say Saramaccan* or Papiamento** — you may want to ask yourself, ‘For what purpose do I want to learn a new language?’

If you want to make money in growth markets, a U.K focused report ‘features languages spoken in the so-called BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China — that are usually perceived as the world’s biggest emerging economies, as well as more niche growth markets…’  ‘Spanish and Arabic score particularly highly on this indicator.’

However, when one takes into account demographic trends until 2050 as laid out by the United Nations, the result is very different.

You want to speak to as many people as possible? Why not learn one of the three most spoken languages in the world?”

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Languages do matter!


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