Around 480 million people speak English all over the world, but the language of Shakespeare is threatened by the economic and political challenges of a globalised world. In fact, by 2020 the number of native speakers will decrease significantly: only 300 million out of 2 billion people speaking English will be native speakers. A new global tongue called Panglish – this word is a blend of the Greek pan, which means all, and English – has been suggested for the mixed up language that might take over in the following decades.
As English becomes more shared in different fields, in business as well as in economics or finance, it is slowly fragmenting into regional dialects. This simplified form of English would present some pronunciation or grammatical errors or new words to a native speaker, but is perfectly understandable in those regions where it is spoken.
One of the main reasons English has become such a lingua-france is the ease with which it is learned. But that simplicity can also be a weakness and researches predict that actually, as English becomes less universal, new hard-to-learn languages could challenge it’s dominance, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
One fifth of the planet speaks Mandarin Chinese and China is the most populous nation in the world, so Mandarin is definitely a “language of tomorrow”. Its growing economic power makes it the second largest economy in the world, right after the USA. Studying Chinese might scare a lot of people as it has thousands of characters (it is said that it has almost 80.000 thousands characters and a Chinese person with a good education knows approximately 8000 characters) and a very difficult phonetic system, but its grammar is relatively uncomplicated, It has no verb conjugation (there is no need to memorise verb tenses) and no noun declension (which means no number and gender distinctions).Simple, right?
After the turbulence of the early 90s, Russia hass reemerged as an important regional power across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. With its 285 million speakers, Russian is the sixth most spoken language in the world. Economists argue that Russia will remain an influential economic power, with very active cross-border commerce across the world despite tensions with some Western countries. That’s why the Russian language has seen such an increasing number of people studying it. Another reason that leads people to study Russian is that many Russians refuse to speak English, so if you speak their language you will have more possibilities of working with them.
221 million speakers and being the official language of over twenty countries makes Arabic a language of the future. Moreover, many more millions know Arabic as a foreign language, since it is the liturgical language of Islam. There is more that confirms Arabic as a language of tomorrow and it can be found, once again, in its economy. In fact