Nowadays the hardest question is not anymore how to learn a language but which. We have so many tools that can help us in the learning process but it can be difficult when we don’t even know what to learn! So here you will find a list about the (5) best languages to learn that I hope will help you to make up your mind.
If you want me to be truly honest my first advice is to follow your heart. I know it sounds like a cliché but I mean it for real: do what interests you the most, what sparks your soul, in this case choose the language that moves your excitement and curiosity.
If you are searching for a more “professional” and “specific” direction, the “follow your heart” affirmation doesn’t really help a lot, so here I am providing you with clearer advices.
ENGLISH: the first language you should know it’s English. If you’re reading this you have probably already learnt it, but my advice is to own it (if you are a native speaker skip this part). I’m frankly not a genius in English but I feel comfortable writing, speaking and hearing it. That’s what I think is to “own” a language: to smile when it is around, to see it like a friend, to not be afraid of it. So yes English it’s really important. It’s spoken by the 20% of the world’s population, around 1.5 billion people, so no doubts that learning it can be an advantage. On the other hand, knowing only English is not so popular and useful anymore. There is an increasing request of polyglots in a lot of jobs, not just in the education field, but in the technology one too. This is where the list of “the best languages to learn” becomes really interesting.
FRENCH: which language can take the second place if not French? It’s not just the language of charme and love, it’s the official language of the European Union, not so bad… and over 275 million people speak it. Also if you have a particular interest in Roman languages French can be a good start for you: it can make you more familiar with this particular linguistic system found also in Italian and Spanish for example.
CHINESE: the most spoken language in the world. Better saying Mandarin than Chinese. For those who don’t know Chinese is the group of dialects spoken in China, Mandarin is the official language of China, the standard on, so to say. Lots of people define it as the language of the future. I personally think that despite the validity that it will gain, having the skill to speak Chinese gives a ton of job’s opportunities and the possibility to get to know a totally different culture. Not mentioning its relevance in politics and trade.
ARABIC: It’s the 5th most spoken language in the world but it’s quite seldom to meet people who are studying it (at least in my own experience). Along with Chinese, in my opinion, Arabic will become more and more demanded in the future in all kinds of field, from politics to medicine. Moreover if you learn to read the alphabet you are access to other 4 languages (Farsi, Dari, Urdu, Pashto)!
RUSSIAN: I’ve always had a personal desire to learn it and maybe that’s why I put it in this list, but you can’t deny that Russian looks pretty good on a CV. Also, as with Chinese, just think about the importance that Rusha has in the world trade and global affairs: huge. Furthermore if you have a passion in literature reading poetries and books in Russian can add so much value in your interest.
“Give your mind a chance to travel through foreign languages”
All these languages have their own importance and it can be really difficult to put them in a list. If you get to learn them all you’ll probably have a job for the rest of your life. Anyway do not forget about my first advice: follow your heart. Starting to study a language just for having more opportunities at the work place sometimes it’s not so worth it. The major fact about learning a language is the feeling that arises with it and it must be a good one, and last but not least you have to keep your motivation way and way up!