When it comes to the top 3 foreign languages, one can bring in varied points of view in reaching to a conclusion, and this, here, is an attempt to address the three most important ones.
The Top 3 Foreign Languages (in Numbers):
When it comes to sheer numbers of native speakers, the top three foreign languages comprise of Mandarin, Spanish, and Arabic. All three of these are amongst the six languages deemed official by the UN (United Nations). The other three include English, French, and German.
Top 3 Foreign Languages for Business:
As per recent Bloomberg rankings, Spanish did not make the cut when it comes to the top three foreign languages for business (it came in at number 4). The top three include Mandarin (first), French (second), and Arabic (third). Others in the top 10 included German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish.
Top 3 Romantic Foreign Languages:
This list is arguably debatable, and individual perspectives do come into play here. As per recent poll results on a fairly popular educational website, French topped the list with over 3,000 votes (54%). Italian followed with close to a 1,000 (15%), and Spanish was third with over 700 votes (11%).
What Language Should You Learn?
If you’ve been meaning to learn a foreign language and can’t figure out which one to go with, figure out which one you’d use most as opposed to learning a language simply because it’s popular. For example, if you’re heading to Germany (for whatever reason), learning German should be an obvious choice.
The good thing about learning a top foreign language in this day and age is that you can easily do so from the comfort of your own home or whilst on the move, and this is owing to the internet. However, since there is no dearth of supposed language ‘gurus’ out there, a little discretion is advised.