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哪门语言将会主宰未来?
Which languages will dominate the future?

中文各种方言加起来,以中文为母语的人早就超过了世界任何一门其他语言,紧随中文之后是起源同为北印度的印度语和乌尔多语。之后是英语,有5.27亿人口以英语为母语。以阿拉伯语为母语的人比以西班牙语为母语的人超出近1亿,讲西班牙语的人有3.89亿。
The Chinese dialects combined already have more native speakers than any other language, followed by Hindi and Urdu, which have the same linguistic origins in northern India. English comes next with 527 million native speakers. Arabic is spoken by nearly 100 million more native speakers than Spanish, which has 389 million speakers.

哪门语言将会主宰未来?各种预言不尽相同,取决于你的位置和目的。
Which languages will dominate the future? Predictions vary, depending on your location and purpose.

到2050年,中文、印度语、孟加拉语、乌尔都语和印度尼西亚语将会主导商界,接下来是西班牙语、葡萄牙语、阿拉伯语和俄语。你若是想靠你的语言课尽可能多赚钱,学习上述语言中一门会是稳赚不赔的。
Chinese, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Indonesian will dominate much of the business world by 2050, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. If you want to get the most money out of your language course, studying one of the languages listed above is probably a safe bet.

你想要和尽可能多的人说话?何不试试中文、西班牙语和法语?
You want to speak to as many people as possible? How about Chinese, Spanish or French?
  
1. 中文。尽管讲中文的人数是英语的三倍之多,但人数在世界遍布不均。此外,中文很少用在科学领域,难读也难写。
1. Chinese. Although Chinese has three times more native speakers than English, it's still not as evenly spread over the world. Moreover, Chinese is only rarely used in sciences and difficult to read and write.
  
2. 西班牙语。较之中文,以西班牙语为母语的人少,但作为第二语言尤其受欢迎,在世界各国学校均有教授西班牙语。
2. Spanish. Spanish makes up for a lack of native speakers - compared with Chinese - by being particularly popular as a second language, taught in schools around the world.
  
3. 法语。法语在有些领域已经缺失了根基,最近几十年在欧洲尤为如此。然而,法语在西非广泛使用,要是西非政治上变得更稳定,经济上变得更有吸引力,法语的影响力可能会提升。
3. French. French has lost grounds in some regions and especially in Europe in the last decades. French, however, could gain influence again if west Africa where it is frequently spoken were to become more politically stable and economically attractive.


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