What language should you learn?

A lot of people wonder what language they should start to learn if they had to pick one. In order to decide, you should consider several factors such as professional usefulness, travelling possibilities or simply if you like they way it sounds. Here are some interesting statistics about languages. There is a wide range of people who would recommend learning English, French and Spanish, because they consider them to be the most important languages for travelling.  

List of languages by natives speakers:

1. Chinese                                  4. Hindi                                7. Bengali                 10. Punjabi/Lahnda

2. Spanish                                 5. Arabic                               8. Russian

3. English                                  6. Portuguese                      9. Japanese

List by number of speakers:

1. Mandarin Chinese

2. English

3. Hindustani

4. Spanish

5. Arabic

6. Malay

7. Russian

8. Bengali

9. Portuguese

10. French

 List of the most studied languages in the world: 

1. English

2. French

3. Spanish

4. Italian

5. Chinese

6. Japanese

7. German

If you consider travelling possibilities, there is no need to mention that English will be an asset. The following countries and dependent entities have French as an official language: France, Belgium, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Chad, Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Benin, Haiti, Switzerland, Togo, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Luxembourg, Vanuatu, Seychelles, Monaco, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Aosta Valley, Jersey, Saint-Martin, Wallis and Furtuna, Saint-Barthélémy as well as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

On the other hand, Spanish is the official language in the following countries: Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay and Equatorial Guinea.