In a global economy, it is now clear how essential languages are in international relations. The difference in the use of the latter must be borne in mind: it is well known that the world's most widely spoken languages are mainly three, Chinese, English and Spanish, for obvious reasons: Chinese: given the world's demographic characteristics, there are more than a billion native speakers. Spanish: is the official language of 21 countries, has an average of 320-400 million native speakers and is spoken by about 10% of the population of North America. English: there are more than 370 million native speakers and more than a billion use it as a second language.
And for the business world? English: according to an article published by John Laureman (Bloomberg.com, 30 August 2011), the English language takes first place in the global economy. In the business world it is in fact the most studied and is considered the official language in more than 50 countries around the world and is also the official language of the largest organizations in the world. Chinese: knowing Chinese brings considerable advantages in the field of commercial, industrial and military business given the continuous growth that has seen an increase in exports of 359% in the last 57 years (perspective.usherbrooke.ca) French: according to the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the number of French speakers, that counts about 275 million, is constantly increasing thanks to the attractiveness of France and its prestigious international image. It should also be noted that it is the official language of several world organizations such as the United Nations (UN) or the International Court of Justice and North American organizations. German: Germany ranks fourth as the world's economic power and first as the European economic power. It also boasts the third position in the world's automotive production, which accounts for 40% of German exports: major manufacturers are big names such as Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, Opel, etc.. Other dominant sectors on the international scene are electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering such as SIEMENS, Bayer and BASF.
In a rapidly changing global economy, what will be the future of languages?