The languages to be learnt in the future
Why is it important to master more than one language?
There can be many reasons to learn another language: for travelling, to gain more knowledge, because we want to live, study or work in other countries, to flirt...
Apart from these reasons, there is one that is decisive, and that is the one related to the work environment.
More and more companies value language skills very much when employing staff, therefore, apart from university degrees or any other kind of qualifications we have, it will be necessary to learn one or more languages.
Isn't it enough to be fluent in English?
It is indisputable that English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, in fact it is the official or co-official language in about 54 countries. It is also present in the technology world (computers, mobile phones, cameras...) and in the science world.
Obviously, English will continue to be important in the future, so it will be necessary to have a high level of English.
However, the world is governed by economic powers and, therefore, it will be necessary to take into account those countries that will be influential in the future. So, apart from English, we'll have to deal with other languages.
What languages will be taken into account in the future?
As we said before, knowing which language to learn will be determined by the business world, but also by the number of people who speak it, so let's see which languages will be most in demand in the future.
1. Mandarin Chinese.
It is no secret that China has become the trading partner of many countries. In addition, an estimated 1.3 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese. It should also be noted that Chinese tourism keeps growing, and many tour operators from different countries need employees who speak this language.
At first glance, it seems like a complicated language to learn, and indeed, it is. But it seems that Chinese grammar is quite simple, the complicated thing is pronunciation and obviously the Chinese characters that are used to write this language.
Good news for Spanish speakers, who won't have to study Spanish because it's their mother tongue. This language is the third most spoken in the world, it is spoken in Spain, South America, Central America and it is also the second most spoken language in the United States. Many countries have commercial relations with countries whose official language is Spanish, so being able to speak it, is a plus that businesspeople will take into account.
India is a country in the spotlight for being an emerging economy, and therefore, many companies, especially those related to technology, are interested in this country.
In addition, the demographic aspect will have a big impact on the rise of this language, as it is estimated that in 2050 there will be more inhabitants in India than in China.
In recent decades, the entire Middle East region has experienced an economic boom, many Arabian companies are investing in other countries and at the same time foreign companies are interested in doing business in these countries.
The sectors in which this language will be most requested are: media, trade, industry, education, finance and international relations.
This language is the official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Perhaps the demographic aspect is not so important in this case, but the economic aspect is. We all know that Germany is a very important country in terms of exports. In addition, the business and employment opportunities in this country make the learning of this language, both now and in the future, an aim to be taken into account.
These will probably be the most valued languages in the future, but others such as Portuguese, French, Japanese, or even Malay, which is widely spoken in Indonesia and Singapore, will also have to be taken into account. These two last countries are an emerging economy that will attract many foreign investors.
In short, if we want to apply for a certain job or improve our work situation, we must consider the fact of learning one of these languages.