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Which languages will dominate the future?

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.

Which languages will dominate the future? Predictions vary, depending on your location and purpose.

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.

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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