There are thousands of languages spoken around the world. English is the language of international communication but there are many others commonly used worldwide. Here are three of the best languages to learn in today’s world.
1. Sign Language
Sign language is a visual mode of communication that uses hand signals, gestures, facial expressions and body language to convey meaning. Sign language is the primary form of communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. It is also commonly used by people with disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Like spoken languages, sign language is not a universal language. For example, English has three types of sign languages: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL). Learning sign language often begins with learning the hand signals for the alphabet or ‘fingerspelling’ which can be used to spell out the names of people, places and things that do not have an official sign.
2. Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin is the official dialect of China, spoken by over 70% of the country’s population. Over 1.2 billion people worldwide speak some form of Chinese with roughly around 100 million of those people speaking Mandarin. China is one of the fastest-growing economies with businesses around the world tapping into the Chinese market. Employees that speak Mandarin are huge assets to these businesses. The Chinese language is composed of characters entirely different from the phonetic writing of the English language. Chinese does not require learning tenses, genders and grammar rules like many other languages do.
Spanish is the official language of 20 countries and is spoken by roughly around 500 million people worldwide. Latin economies are booming, particularly in the United States, creating a huge demand for Spanish speakers in professional areas including healthcare and the public sector. Many popular travels destinations primarily speak Spanish such as Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Peru, making the language a popular one for avid travellers to learn. Spanish music, cinema and other arts are continuing to rise in popularity around the world.
Learning a new language can open doors to new opportunities, diverse networks and expanded world views and experiences.