5 Languages you Should Learn if you Want to Become a World Citizen

By Aniket Singh (Apple Inc, IIT Madras, Author of “Intern Abroad This Summer”)

Learning a new language is not just about boosting your CV – psychologists have found out that the brains of people who speak two or more languages are wired differently from those who speak only one. It challenges your cognitive skills and your ability to understand and navigate through different cultural systems.

5With the world communicating with each other at a crazy rate these days, knowing only English as a second language is passé. To be a real world citizen you need to know at least a few of these five languages which are spoken by a huge majority of people in this world. Read on to find out what these languages are:

Mandarin: 1.1 billion people speak the primary language of China and that includes Mark Zuckerberg, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former US president Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama. With exports worth trillions of dollars happening every year and Chinese products sweeping over the global market, it is no wonder that Mandarin is among the most popular languages in the world – and one that you should most definitely learn. There are 330 official institutions around the world that teach Chinese as a second language and more students are enrolling in the institutes to learn about the language, the culture and China.

Spanish: The second most common language in the world, Spanish is spoken by 440 million people around the world, across 44 countries. While a majority of Spanish speakers live in Mexico and Latin America, outside of Spain, there are quite a few in the United States as well. In fact, over 60 million plus Hispanics are expected to live in the United States alone by 2020. Which is a major reason why more Americans are embracing and learning the language today than ever.

French: Historically considered as the ‘Language of Diplomacy’, French is the second most learned language in the world, after English. France is the only language, apart from English which is spoken in all the five continents. There are 75 million native French speakers while people from 29 countries speak the language.

German: The Germans are known for their industrial efficiency, but they are also known for their beer, cars, classical music and their language. Spoken by 90 million people around the world, German is the most spoken mother tongue in Europe. According to the Economist, learning German is also an economically viable option as it has proven to provide the highest annual wage bonuses – 3.8 percent. A large reason behind this is the fact that Germany is such a trade powerhouse. The logical language may sound all serious and stuff, but when you get down to actually learning it, it can be fun.

Arabic: It might be among the most difficult languages to learn, however the fact that Arabic is spoken by an entire region consisting of 22 countries, makes it a must learn. More than 205 million people from the region speak the language, which is the main language of the Muslim world. The Arab world is also home to some of the wealthiest countries in the world,  including the business hub of Dubai, and knowing the language would be a huge bonus while working/doing business there. In addition, the supply of Arabic language  

About the author:


Aniket Singh works for Apple Inc. in California, United States. He is also the author of “Intern Abroad This Summer”.

Aniket holds a BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from the IIT, Madras, Chennai, and a Master’s degree in Wireless Systems from Politecnico Di Torino in Torino, Italy. He has interned at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland during this studies.

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