Some of you are planning to learn a new language but are not able to decide what language to learn, because there are so many options around. Well, this blog is for you. After reading this blog you will have plenty of reasons why you need to study the specific language, moreover, you will also find the language that fits your preference and start your study with us. LanguageBird has a wide variety of foreign language to study and offer 1-on-1 live instruction from native speakers of that language.
So, what are you waiting for, here are the top list of languages to study!
The far and widespread of the Spanish language across Europe and the Americas has made it our No. 1 language to learn in the year 2019. With over 470 million native speakers and a growing number of non-native speakers, it is the most commonly spoken language in the world, second only to Mandarin Chinese.
- Native Speakers: 470 Million (2017)
- Non-native Speakers: 100 Million (2017)
- Official Language in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay, and Equatorial Guinea.
- Un-officially Spoken in Andorra, Belize, Gibraltar, and United States.
Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world with over 1 billion native speakers. It is the official language of China and is spoken by almost 70% of the Chinese population. With celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg embracing the dialect, Mandarin Chinese has the potential of challenging the supremacy of English, especially in business circles as China pips the United States out of the top spot as the nation with the world’s highest GDP.
- Native Speakers: 1 Billion (2017)
- Non-native Speakers: 200 Million (2017)
- Official Language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore
- Un-officially Spoken in Indonesia, southern Vietnam, and Malaysia
French is a romance language spoken by approximately 80 million native speakers and over 153 million non-native speakers worldwide. It is the second-most widely spoken first language in Europe and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Due to its colonial past, similar to that of English, the French language also has more non-native speakers than native speakers who are spread across the world.
- Native Speakers: 80 Million (2017)
- Non-native Speakers: 153 Million (2017)
- Official Language in France, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Chad, Guinea, Rwanda, Belgium, Burundi, Benin, Haiti, Switzerland, Togo, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Luxembourg, Vanuatu, Seychelles, and Monaco.
- Un-officially Spoken in Algeria, Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Dominica, Egypt, Greece, Laos, Lebanon, Morocco, Macedonia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Romania, Saint-Lucia, Tunisia, and Vietnam.
Arabic language is commonly spoken in the Middle East and is the dominant language in some of the fastest-growing markets in this region with over 420 million speakers worldwide. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, and Hindi.
- Native Speakers: 290 Million (2017)
- Non-native Speakers: 132 Million (2017)
- Official Language in Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Mauritania, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain.
- Un-officially Spoken in Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Israel, Somalia, South Sudan.
As one of the 3 official languages of the European Union, the German language has an estimated 110 million native speakers and is the most widely spoken native language in Europe. In addition to being the lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe, German is a language that is fast gaining popularity on the internet with .de (Germany) being the top country-level domain out there.
- Native Speakers: 110 Million (Est.)
- Non-native Speakers: 52 Million
- Official Language in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein.
- Un-officially Spoken in Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine.
With a meager 63 million native speakers, Italian may seem like the least widely spoken language in the world, however, you would be surprised to know that it is the most studied language in the world for culture and pleasure. It is the fourth most studied language in US colleges and high schools with a 20% growth in enrolment rate, growing faster than any other language.
- Native Speakers: 63 Million
- Non-native Speakers: 3 Million
- Official Language in Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Croatia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
- Un-officially Spoken in Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, and Eritrea.
By Moaz Khan
December 3, 2018