Still haven’t chosen your secondary (or, perhaps, third) language to study during the upcoming educational year? Wish to attend some language courses? There is a nice opportunity to dedicate this summer to personal development and continuous self-actualization by learning new languages.
The world is changing, and the days when we had to know only one language are long gone. Everyone should know at least one more, but how should you decide which language is the best to learn? Which one is the most demanded in a business environment? Although many countries speak English, others possess state and non-state languages.
You may wonder. But our mother tongue is not leading. The reason is the reduced demand and interest due to its frequency. After analyzing several business resources and employment sites,
we would like to offer 5 to required languages that may add up to your future career, travel or life abroad.
Although it may seem that Portuguese is not a very commonly met language, it is the official language of 200 million extended population of Brazil. Brazil is a perspective emerging market. In addition, Portuguese is also an official language of several African States, some of which can earn vivid market value in the long term. Some of them are already investing in China and its market development. Also, Portuguese, of course, is the official language of Portugal, where investors can obtain a second citizenship.
Where do they speak Portuguese? In Europe: Portugal, a small Spanish community, France, and Luxembourg. In Africa: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe. In America: Brazil. Asia: East Timor, Macau.
Although Russia is not a speedy expanding economic giant because of its slow population growth (only Moscow and St. Petersburg can be considered developed areas with huge populations), there are a number of wealthy oligarchs/entrepreneurs/potential investors who spend a lot of money abroad. I have friends who have earned a lot of money on selling the Western property to the Russians. They simply knew foreign languages and could understand how Western entrepreneurs make money. The first step is to speak Russian, but it is a relatively complicated language compared to some others. It has a rather rich vocabulary. Germans learn it fast. Russian is a top wanted language in a number of developing economies in the CIS and Eastern Europe.
Where Russian is spoken? Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, the breakaway regions of Georgia; popular language in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. You can find a lot of Russian expatriate communities in the United States and Canada.
Spanish has been popular for a while in North America as a secondary language studied at school. Spanish is the easiest language in the world; it is crucial for people with big potential who strive to live or run business in the all-time extending Latin American territory. Countries like Mexico perform a rapid economic growth. Some South American perspective growing markets, such as Paraguay and Ecuador, offer cheap agricultural land for those looking for attractive business opportunities or subsistence agriculture. In both South and Central America expats tend to live cheap.
Where do they speak Spanish? In Europe: Spain. In America: Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Equatorial Guinea, Puerto Rico; also, it is the second language spoken in the United States.
Arabic is the primary language of some of the world’s up-and-coming nations, wealth centers, and frontier markets. The Middle East is becoming a formidable player in global finance and investment arena. Those who can speak Arabic will have an advantage in this insular market. Areas like Dubai and Abu-Dhabi have become emerging international financial centers. Wealthy people from the Middle East will try to diversify own financial resources outside of their region, offering new opportunities for those who can communicate in Arabic by tapping into lucrative business deals. Beyond wealthy oil states, Arabic is also the official language of some ultra-frontier markets like Iraq and majority of Northern Africa. Countries like Tunisia are all excellent examples of more developed markets that speak Arabic.
Where in the world is the Arabic language spoken? In the Middle East: Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. In Africa: Algeria, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
It makes no wonder that China provides an invasion of the world market. Everybody knows that currently, this country is the most populated on the globe. However, India will soon catch up. Only 10 million Chinese speak English (and it sounds poor) compared to 1.4 billion people living in the mainland China. Chinese impact has spread over entire Africa. Chinese customer demands for energy and similar resources require stable communication between Chinese buyers and investors. Chinese businessmen are pragmatic, and they made significant progress in learning English, but I think as their purchasing power parity increases, they will become more demanding soon. The one who speaks their language will definitely have a competitive advantage on the global market.
Where do they speak Chinese? Mainland China, the second dialect in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.
You can choose any language to learn but if you have a particular marketing aim, I do advise to select the one you could implement in your job. Obviously, if you are a florist in a Chinatown, learning Spanish would be rather inappropriate. However, as a French learner, I do consider choosing a second language wise when it's based on your personal preferences and interests. Marketing values change too often and the language you've chosen can predetermine many events in your life, so involve both your heart and mind into the process of selecting a second language.