Top 30 Languages to learn for 2050
Posted by David J. James
Here are my 2050 predictions, originally shared on http://www.how-to-learn-any-language.com :
1. Chinese (all types)
2. English (all types)
3. Arabic (all dialects)
5. Spanish (all types)
9/10.Portuguese and Korean(if there is Korean unification, Korean takes the higher slot)
12. Turkish and mutually intellible forms of Turkic
13. Indic (all largely mutually intelligible types: Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, etc)
14. Dutch with Afrikaans
15. Bahasa (Malay with Indonesian)
17. Mutually intelligible Scandywegian
18. ex Serbo-Croat group
20 Phaasa Thai (all dialects, and with Lao)
21. Czech with Slovak
26. Farsi (unless Iran ends up being on the receiving end of US “attention” in the way Iraq did, in which case I’d push it several spaces higher)
27. Romanian with Moldovan
30. Armenian, unless it’s Pushtu.
Probably thirty’s enough.
This is by economic value, and the business and employment options that you would get from knowing the language. Populations speaking these languages as first languages would give an entirely different listing.
- Fury as census forms are printed in 57 languages (…including Tagalog, Igbo and Shona) (dailymail.co.uk)
- Taxpayers fury as census forms printed in 57 languages including Tagalog, Igbo and Shona (dailymail.co.uk)
- Linguistics (socyberty.com)
- Monolingual (socyberty.com)
- Surge in US students of Arabic: study (alternet.org)
About David J. James56 year old UK origin Chartered Accountant and business consultant who loves languages, literature, history, religion, politics, internet, vlogging and blogging and lively written or spoken discussion, plays backgammon and a few other board games. Walks and listens to Audible for hours a day usually, and avoids use of the car. Conservative Christian, married to an angel with advanced Multiple Sclerosis. We have three kids, two of them autistic, and we live in Warsaw, Poland. On the board of the main British-Polish charity Fundacja Sue Ryder in Poland, and involved in the Vocational Autistic School of "Nie Z Tej Bajki" in Warsaw. Member of Gideons International. Serves on two committees of the Chamber of Auditors in Poland, and on several Boards and Supervisory Boards. Has own consultancy called Quoracy.com delivering business governance and audit/valuation solutions as well as mentoring. Author of the GoldList Method for systematic optimal use of the long-term memory in learning.
Posted on 24/02/2011, in Accounting, Business & Finance, Answers to your questions, Gold List Methodology, Languages and Linguistics, Learning Japanese and Chinese, Politics and tagged Iran, Language, linguistics, Mutual intelligibility, Pashto language, Punjabi language, Social Sciences, Urdu. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
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