The most spoken language of the world is Mandarin Chinese while English comes as the 3rd after Spanish. However, why English is the most learned foreign language among people? Have you ever wondered this? Well, let me explain. Actually, global popularity of a language comes down to its prestige. If a language provides you a better job, academic or life opportunities, you would also favor that language as a second one. Currently, English has these characteristics and they make English language a must for anyone who wants to reach opportunities abroad. It is also one of the easiest languages to learn. All these things are the reason why English is the ultimate lingua franca of the world. It would have been Spanish, if Spanish speaking countries had the economic and global power as much as the English speaking ones. Nowadays, People's Republic of China is on the rise both economically and socially. She is also the most crowded country of the world. However, Mandarin Chinese is a difficult language to learn for most of the people in the world. The real difficulty arises from its writing system. It takes a long time to learn the Chinese characters. Perhaps this reason makes Mandarin Chinese a poor candidate for being the next lingua franca of the world. So it seems like English will be enjoying its global position for a long time.
Hi there. I am Yasin Tokat. I am student of linguistics and a speaker of 4 languages (including my own native). Here I share my knowledge and own learning experiences with you.