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JAIME CONTRERAS
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Which language will be the most important in the next ten years

Which language is the most important in the next 5 years


Mar 24, 2018 2:55 AM
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@Irena Yes I've learned English, but I don't really enjoy speaking it or even hearing it. I do however enjoy learning languages and I'd love some good motivation to learn a new one. I would still expect to capitalize on my investment into learning several different languages. Hopefully that should make it easier to learn more languages.
March 24, 2018
I'm afraid for the next 10 years it will remain English. It will take at least 20-30 years for another language to replace it. Hopefully not much longer.
March 24, 2018
English. English will remain the dominant language of international communication for at least a few more decades, and I suspect it'll remain that way for centuries, even if no English speaking country is a major power at that point. Why? Simple. Billions of people around the world are learning English primarily to communicate with other non-native English speakers. So, English is well and truly entrenched by now, it is spoken non-natively by a huge number of ordinary people (not just a tiny elite), and it would be quite difficult for another language (even the language of a new superpower) to dislodge it from this position. 
March 24, 2018

English, without question. 

I don't know why some people say Chinese - I have never met one person studying Chinese (in person, I mean; of course if you go to a website you find them, like on this website), much less is it a trend anywhere where I have ever lived or visited.  But I have met so many people studying English.  Even on a website like this, there are many more Chinese people studying English than there are people studying Chinese, and that is why many Chinese complain that it is so hard to find partners for language exchange.  That tends to be the case with all the languages, I think.  Also, I can't think of any non-Asian country where Chinese is taught as a required second language in schools, whereas in many countries all over the world English is required as the second language in schools and universities.  Various countries teach university courses in medicine and IT only in English.  English is the language that everyone is studying (unless they speak it already), so it is not hard to guess what will be the most common and thus most important language a few years down the road. 

Sometimes people say that the fastest growing language or the fastest growing religion is this or that - but usually those supposed facts are based on immigration of people who already speak that language (or already have that religion) into a new area or country and bringing their language/religion with them, rather than people newly acquiring that language or religion.  So those numbers are deceiving - they are just immigration numbers, effectively.

March 24, 2018
@Katarina 

Understood. But I think you're out of luck, and that English will predominate as a language of international communication long after we're all dead. However, if you keep moving from country to country, that'll give you a very strong incentive to keep learning new languages (after all, it's useful to know the language of the country you live in, even if that language is not used much - or at all - for international communication). So maybe there's hope at least on that front? ;-) 
March 24, 2018
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JAIME CONTRERAS
Language Skills
English, French, Sign Language, Spanish
Learning Language
English, French