Fancy learning a new language this year? As one of the UK’s leading translation service providers, we’re in just the right place to give some tips on the most useful ones to pick. Whether you’re still a student or you’re just looking for a way to improve your career outlook, we’ve selected the top languages to learn in 2018.
The official language of China, Mandarin is already the most widely spoken language in the world. Per Wikipedia, 955 million people, 14.4% of the world’s population, claim it as their native tongue.
The demand for Mandarin speakers will only grow in the years to come, as China nudges the United States out of the top spot as the nation with the world’s largest GDP. According to Bloomberg, as of November 06, 2017 the Chinese economy is projected to overtake the United States economy in 2028.
Mandarin is also the second most popular language online. And according to Statista, while the US will probably remain the largest economy overall for a few years yet, by the end of 2018 China will be the largest digital economy in the world.
When you look at the facts, it’s easy to see why the British Council ranked Mandarin as one of the most important languages for the future of the UK. If you’re learning a new language this year and you’re up for a challenge, Mandarin is definitely one of the top languages to learn.
Want to learn more about the languages of China? See our beginner’s guide to Chinese translation services!