Learning a language ,is more and more important in the world we live in. It opens up more job opportunities, establishes deep connections and cross-cultural friendships and gets an outsider’s perspective about your own culture. Here are 6 languages you should learn in 2017:

1. Mandarin

Yes! The official language of China, Mandarin is already the most widely spoken language in the world. 955 million people, 14.4% of the world’s population, claim it as their native tongue. Mandarin is also an open door to a huge job market in all of the countries where Mandarin is the language of commerce like Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. Learning Chinese today can help make a better future for you.

2. Arabic

Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world, and it’s an official language for many of the dynamic, growing economies in the Middle East and Africa.

Arabic also made the British Council’s list of important languages for British language learners due to the potential economic and diplomatic benefits.

3. Spanish

Olé, Olé, Olé! With 405 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language after Mandarin. Learning Spanish opens doors in Spain, Latin America and even the United States. According to the British Council, 34% of UK businesses said that Spanish was useful to their organisation. Also, Spanish is an easy language to learn.

4. German

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and has the 3rd strongest economy and is the first export nation in the world. While learning German can connect you to 120 million native speakers around the globe, remember that many people also learn German as a second language. It is a popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.

5. Portuguese

But is Portuguese still one of the top languages to learn? Despite a deep recession, Brazil is still a big country and a big market. It’s the largest economy in Latin America, and there are some indications that recovery is on its way in the next year or so. Closely related to Spanish, Portuguese is also quite easy to learn.

6. French 

French is spoken by about 74 million people in France and former French territories around the world. While it’s not as prevalent globally as it once was, there’s no question that France is and will remain one of the United Kingdom’s most important trade partners. French language skills are both necessary and important for businesses here, and it remains one of the top languages to learn. Post-Brexit, we can expect the European Union to begin using French more often, even if English remains an official EU language.

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