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Languages of the Future

What languages do you think will be important in the future? As in most spoken, most world influence, etc

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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English or Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. I feel like these are the most popular languages to learn as a second language (English and Spanish) and the sheer number of people speaking Mandarin Chinese is just... wow.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker
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Spanish is more popular for a native american speaker because of the Mexicans in America, but overall i don't think it's spoken that much. I personally am for English and Mandarin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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I am from Brazil and here most people can choose learn either Spanish or English at school as 2nd language. There are many schools that you have to learn both languages, also. In Southern Brazil you have to learn German along with Spanish and English. Spanish is very popular here and probably in the whole America, except maybe for Canada.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpedePasanen

Spanish is the 3rd most spoken language. 4th if you count Arabic as a single language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker
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Huh. i wouldn't have ever thought.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maish1234

english!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SMDreamer

Arabic and Chinese. China is slowly overtaking America economy wise, so it will be important to learn for you buisness people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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That's true but English has speakers globally. Most of the speakers of Mandarin are in China. So while Mandarin does have more speakers, they aren't as spread out as English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SMDreamer

Wow you make a really good point!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PJMCD
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Wow, French is 18th!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amero99

I think the languages of the future will be

Worldwide - English. Pretty self explanitory. Will be a major language for a long time, until it dies out like Latin did

Americas- Spanish and English. Spanish already spoken in most of South America, and has a growing importance in the USA. English because lots of Latinos are learning for jobs and better opportunities, and is spoken in the USA and most of Canada.

Asia- Chinese/mandarin. China has a growing importance already and is already the world's largest economy. Expect lots more people to know Chinese in the future.

Africa- Arabic, French and Zulu. Don't know much about Africa, so I won't make any comments because I will say something false.

Europe- German and English. German because of how powerful Germany is, and English just because it is what is taught at a lot of schools currently.

Oceania- English. Australia is the most powerful oceanic country, and English is the most common fist language. Most of the other language are smaller (Fijian, Nauruan ect) are small

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Portuguese is more spoken than Spanish in South America. More than half of the subcontinent population speaks Portuguese. The other half speaks mainly Spanish, Guarani, Aymara, Quichua, English and Dutch.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amero99

Whoops! I think Spanish is still spoken in the most places though

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Yes, most of the countries speaks Spanish, but the most spoken language is Portuguese.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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Worldwide, Spanish is really more spoken than Portuguese, anyways.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah_B_16
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  1. I think it is unlikely that English will just 'die out'. Latin died out because it was spoken only by the Romans throughout their empire. Once their civilization died, so did their language (to a degree, anyway). English is spoken in many powerful countries around the world, mainly The US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. With many millions of native speakers and being the official language of business, I highly doubt that it would just cease to exist. It will evolve over time though, like all languages do, but it probably isn't going to just stop being used within the foreseeable future.
  2. Also China isn't the world's largest economy, that would be the US. They are a close second, and in ten to twenty years, they could overtake America.
  3. When it comes to Africa, you got two of the four that would most likely spike in use, those are Arabic and French. However, instead of Zulu, I would have said Swahili since it has over 100 million speakers and is the most widely studied native African language by the African diaspora. Another one that's kind of on the rise but probably won't grow as much as the ones mentioned above would be Afrikaans, because it is spoken to a degree throughout southern Africa and is the second most common language studied in that region other than English.

Other than that, I think you are correct. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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English, French, Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Most likely English and Spanish. Couldn't see Mandarin being a global language or lingua franca.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker
TechSpeaker
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xD if china ever tries to take over the world or anyhting though.. xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Yeah that's true but besides that, I couldn't see it. Mandarin has more speakers but most of them live in China. English has less but is WAY more global.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker
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Yep. but Mandarin certainly won't become unspoken anytime soon...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
italianboy96
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Oh definitely not!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G6In3D
G6In3D
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Esperanto and English...well, I can dream.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Okana3
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I read an article on bbc.com 2 years ago. I found the link. The research was related to UK. I think the report on the link is interesting.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/policy-insight-research/research/languages-future

"Which languages the UK needs most and why?

November 2013

The Languages for the Future report identifies Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years. They were chosen based on economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational factors including the needs of UK businesses, the UK’s overseas trade targets, diplomatic and security priorities, and prevalence on the internet."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpedePasanen

English will likely retain its status in the foreseeable future, but I'm not that sure in the long term. Spanish will get huge. Even bigger than it is now. It's certainly worth learning it, especially if you live anywhere in the Americas.

Arabic will get a lot more speakers too, although I'm not sure which variety. Probably either the MSA or some of the peninsular dialects as the Arabian peninsula is the center of the Arab world. Maybe the Egyptian variety.

Mandarin will likely expand in eastern and central Asia, maybe even in Africa where China invests a lot. It's too complicated, though. Maybe they will manage to simplify it enough to become the new lingua franca.

Generally the large south-eastern languages (malay, hindi, bengali, urdu, ...) will get more speakers, although it's hard to say if they'll become more important outside of their region.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah_B_16
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I think Arabic, French, Spanish and English will continue to grow and become the main languages of the world, but then again, who knows! We have no way to determine what languages will come out on top, even then, languages can change over time and become separate languages. Like if the large number of Spanish speakers living in the US begin to affect the English language here in America so much, over a large amount of time, they could eventually mix and form a weird hybrid language. Something similar happened to Dutch speakers in South Africa; there language mixed with German, English, and many African languages which, over time, resulted in the formation of Afrikaans, now spoken by millions of people. Although we can look at growth trends in specific countries and determine the number of people learning a language, it could all change over time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

English, Spanish, Mandarin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vegjjany
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I think Arabic will be very important. with the immigration of the war refugees, they bring with them their culture and language.

Brazil tends to become a world power soon, so I think Portuguese will probably be one of the most important languages in the future.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adolfozaldivar

most likely Spanish. the number of Spanish speakers are quickly increasing. places like Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain are where Spanish is spoken in. also in a part of Africa, Equatorial Guinea. Another place where Spanish is spoken in is united states in places like California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and even Florida there are many more places you could run into Spanish speakers so i would recommend Spanish. Spanish currently has about 525 million that is more than half way to 1 billion.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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I think this is very difficult to call, essentially because most of the languages which people tend to tip for stardom belong to countries which are stuck in the middle income trap. These countries have real economic potential but are stuck in the "developing" phase and may never get beyond that stage for various reasons. They include China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, India and the entire Arabic-speaking world.

In fact, since the end of WWII only three countries are generally regarded as having succeeded in escaping the middle income trap - Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_income_trap

For what it's worth, I suspect English will remain a global language for the foreseeable future, and Spanish will retain its importance, though that will be more due to its growing importance in the US than due to its use in Central and South America.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend
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Once people grasp the beauty of Finnish it will take over the world. Only 0.05% of the world population speak Finnish! Just do the math: It is much easier to double or even triple this amount than for a language with, say 20%.

Just ask Zeno how to reach the goal this way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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The people at Stanford University even developed a method to learn Finnish with it becoming a world language as the main goal http://www.suberic.net/~tahnan/finnish.html

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roman_Huczok
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I think I should mention the efforts being made to bring back a lot of languages that were dead/dying. Perhaps in the future we shall see a much more linguistically diverse planet, we can but hope.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ian827788
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I would say that if the U.S. falters in power, Chinese will gain more popularity. This will give way for other languages (like Korean, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindustani, Vietnamese, and Filipino). I would also say that Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish will gain speakers due to the rising Muslim population. Portuguese and French might also dominate due to them being lingua francas in Africa. It's a very tough call, but I would say probably Mandarin, French, Spanish, or Arabic! (Esperanto....... NO! I SHALL NOT GO THERE!)

10 months ago
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