(Original article posted in My College Calender posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011)
We live in a fast-paced world in which many careers and businesses involve traveling to other countries or communicating with people from different nations. Knowing more than one language can be extremely beneficial in many areas of life, including not only travel and business relations, but also being able to see the world from a different perspective. Look below for the top languages to study now.
While learning a language is beneficial when traveling to other countries, learning Spanish is helpful right in our own country. Currently, the United States is the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. Nations with Spanish-speaking populations are rapidly growing. Furthermore, the U.S. government has required many official documents and notices to be in both English and Spanish, as you may have probably seen on a public bus, restaurant, etc.
Currently, China has the second largest economy in the world. More than 1.3 billion people speak this language. In order to increase your economic opportunities, learning to speak the Chinese language can give you a great upper hand. Furthermore, China has become of the United States’ largest trading partners. The world is becoming a global economy and it is important to take advantage of this rapid change by learning Chinese.
Arabic is spoken throughout most nations in the Middle East, making it the 5th most spoken language and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Numerous nations in the Middle East are rapidly expanding economically, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, etc. Furthermore, Arabic is the language of Islam and is understood by Muslims throughout the entire world. With the growing demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the United States, learning Arabic will open up numerous career opportunities.
French is the 4th most spoken language in the United States and is widely offered throughout most high schools and universities throughout our country. French is also the 3rd most common language on the Internet. In addition to gaining lots of insight into French culture, art, fashion, etc., French also provides the base for more than half of the English vocabulary, which means learning French will also improve your English.
Throughout the past 1000 years, Hindi has grown to become the 4th most spoken language in the entire world. India’s growth as a global economy has generated a lot of American interest in the South Asian region. Besides gaining insight into the Indian culture, learning how to speak Hindi can give you a boost in the economic realm. Furthermore, Indian music is becoming increasingly influential in the Western world and may soon also move into the film industry.
This guest contribution was submitted by Ripley Daniels, who works as an editor at Without The Stress, a Los Angeles firm focused on assisting citizens with difficult government processes such as obtaining green cards, applying for passports, and meeting citizenship requirements.