12 Languages We Should Know How to Speak
August 6, 2015 4:16pm CST
Followed a link to an article listing the world's most spoken languages. The infographic is an interesting language map. It inspired me to create my own list of 12 languages that should be learned by anyone who wanted to open doors and communicate with almost everybody in the world. This is my list: (1) English, (2) Spanish, (3) French, (4) Latin, (5) Hebrew, (6) Greek, (7) Aramaic, (8) Arabic, (9) Hindi, (10) Russian, (11) Chinese, and (12) Swahili. Totally arbitrary choices. What do you think?
Around the world there are a total of 7,102 known languages, of this gargantuan amount twenty-three remain popular enough to be considered…
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Aug 15
I went to a private school and learned three languages by graduation. English, French and Latin. Later on I picked up some Spanish and German. English was of course the language I grew up with, but school taught me how to use it (speaking, reading, writing) properly. I live in a bilingual (Eng/Fr.) country, so French was important. Latin is rooted in many languages and has come in handy in many ways over the years. During the course of my life I have traveled extensively and armed with my excellent education in the subjects named, picking up enough Spanish and German along the way was not all that difficult. I can travel anywhere in the free world and understand and be understood. That's more than enough for me!
• Austin, Texas
22 Aug 15
Exactly my point. The value of knowing more than one language should not be undervalued. Growing up in Miami, there were heated arguments over speaking Spanish, ever since the Cubans were transplanted because of Castro. How foolish! The argument stems from ignorance and prejudice (my opinion). Has nobody considered that Mexico (Spanish speaking) is one side of US and Canada (French speaking) is on the other. By default, Americans should already be speaking 3 different languages. It should be a minimum educational standard. DUH!
17 Aug 16
It's really pretty to travel around the world and to be able to talk to may people in different countries and languages. I grew up as bilingual (Czech/German). Then, in school, I had English and French. With fifteen, my parents and me emigrated to Spain, so I speak Spanish too and had even Latin and old Greek in the Spanish school. I also started to study Russian and Italian. To be a polyglot is like a way of life based on communication and understanding.