There are a number of reasons you might want to learn a second language, or third... or sixth! Whatever reasons you might have, we believe that learning a new language will open up more of the world to you—well, once we get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Being bilingual can also help you achieve professional and personal goals, whether they’d be a big promotion or a grand vacation abroad. With a bunch of extra time on your hands, you can prepare yourself right now for your next adventure!
Mandarin Chinese is the language with the most native speakers, and it’s probably no coincidence because of Asia’s vast and diverse population. Mandarin Chinese is also the largest of the Chinese “macrolanguages,” a grouping of thirteen languages all considered being Chinese based on their shared writing system and literature. Although complex, if you choose this language, you’ll be amongst a vast range of speakers around the globe!
Second only to Mandarin Chinese, Spanish has 400 million native speakers around the world. Spanish is also the official language of more than twenty countries and is commonly spoken as a first, second, or third language in many more. Today, approximately thirteen percent of the U.S. population speaks Spanish as a first language, and one study predicts that by 2050, the U.S. could have more Spanish speaking residents than any other country. Talk about a useful language to sink your teeth into!
The most widely spoken native language on the European continent, the language of German opens doors to academic, economic, and political powerhouses. Despite any warnings you’ve may have heard in the past, German is actually a fairly simple language for English speakers to learn. English, another complex language, is derived from German, and both share the same rigid (and sometimes, unexpected) structure, rules, and exceptions. So, why not do yourself a favor and pick-up some German?
It’s always fun to learn something new! At Elan Apartments in Austin, Texas, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking tidbits that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.