Mandarin is the official language of China. With a population of more than 1.35 billion, it’s the world’s most populous country. About a fifth of the world speaks Mandarin, so knowing the language means you will be able to communicate with much of the globe – including people in other countries where Mandarin is widely spoken such as Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. China is a huge market, and it is growing rapidly. People who learn to speak Mandarin will find many career opportunities, particularly in trade, politics, economics, and history.
With 495 million speakers, Spanish is the world’s second most-spoken language. While most Spanish speakers are in Central and South America, it is estimated that Spanish will soon bypass English usage in the U.S. If you plan on doing business with the U.S. or living there, it will be very helpful to know Spanish. Latin America represents a huge market segment with many career opportunities. Because Spanish is a Latin language, knowing it will also help you understand languages such as Italian and Romanian.
Hindi is spoken by nearly 425 million people in the world, and about 800,000 of them live in South Africa. Hindi is also one of the official languages of India, which is predicted to overtake China in population by 2030. Because India’s economy is growing so quickly, knowing Hindi means you have an edge in fields such as commerce, digital media, information sciences, and business.
English isn’t the most-spoken language in the world but it’s the preferred language for business and the official language of many international organizations and agencies. It is the language of some of the world’s superpowers including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. If you can speak English, you will also be able to travel easily around the world since English is the world’s most common second language.
With more than 300-million native Arabic speakers, Arabic is the fifth most-common native language in the world. Most native Arabic speakers are located in the Middle East. If you are able to speak Arabic well, then this could mean many business opportunities with these countries – especially since the Arab world is a rapidly-growing trade market. There is also a high demand for Arabic speakers in journalism, education, business, and translation.
Waoh, our local language is just far behind this… But be proud of your mother’ tongue though and remember to share this