Which the the most useful language to learn?

Posted by: MysticEgg

Looking into the future of the world. Once it was Latin, it's English (and maybe Spanish) at the moment. What's next?

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Still English!

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the most widely used language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United...  Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.[5] It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union, many Commonwealth countries and the United Nations, as well as in many world organisations   more
38 votes
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Spanish

Spanish, also called Castilian, is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region of Spain. Approximately 406 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers wor... ldwide. It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur   more
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Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin is a group of related varieties of Chinese spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. Because most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is also referred to, particularly among Chinese speakers, as the "northern di... alect". When the Mandarin group is taken as one language, as is often done in academic literature, it has more native speakers than any other language.A northeastern-dialect speaker and a southwestern-dialect speaker may have difficulty communicating except through the standard language, mainly because of the differences in tone. Nonetheless, the variation within Mandarin is less significant than the much greater variation found within several other varieties of Chinese; this is thought to be due to a relatively recent spread of Mandarin across China, combined with a greater ease of travel and communication compared to the more mountainous south of China.For most of Chinese history, the capital has been within the Mandarin area, making these dialects very influential. Since the 14th century, some form of Mandarin has served as a national lingua franca. In the early 20th century, a standard form based on the Beijing dialect, with elements from other Mandarin dialects, was adopted as the national language. Standard Chinese, which is also referred to as "Mandarin", Pǔtōnghuà or Guóyǔ, is the official language of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, and one of the four official languages of Singapore. It is also one of the most frequently used varieties of Chinese among Chinese diaspora communities internationally   more
1 vote
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Other Language

Any other language.
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No language! Roll on Universal Translator!

There won't be. We will invent a fast, clear, and efficient universal translator before another language takes over.
1 vote
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French.

French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick (Acadia region) in Canada, the Acadiana region of the ... U.S. State of Louisiana, the northern parts of the U.S. States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in the New England region, and by various communities elsewhere. Other speakers of French, who often speak it as a second language, are distributed throughout many parts of the world, the largest numbers of whom reside in Francophone Africa. In Africa, French is most commonly spoken in Gabon (where 80% report fluency), Mauritius (78%), Algeria (75%), Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire (70%). French is estimated as having 110 million native speakers and 190 million more second language speakers   more
1 vote
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German.

German is a West Germanic language related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 95–100 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely spoken first language in the European Uni... on. Most German vocabulary is derived from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. A number of words are derived from Latin and Greek, and fewer from French and English.German is written using the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard letters, German has three vowels with umlauts (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü) and the letter ß   more
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MasturDbtor says2013-09-12T15:53:48.0702655-05:00
I wish it would let you add comments where you weren't voting. To the whole universal translator concept blecccchh. I don't want to be bored. I don't want to be useless. Why don't we focus on organic engineering to improve the capabilities of the human brain instead of giddily looking forward to machines that can think better than humans and which will likely alter their own programming into something awful and decide they don't need us?
Rafe says2013-09-19T15:14:38.2476103-05:00
The only reason english is the most voted language is because most members of this web have it as mother language.

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