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Old 05-02-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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1. English
2. Arabic
3. Mandarin-Cantonese
4. Hindi-Urdu

English is the defacto lingua franca of the world.
English will be the dominating language in years to see.
However, Chinese will be increasingly important, too. One reason is most Chinese cannot speak English at all. Even college graduates can hardly carry a conversation in English.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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^Chinese will never have the regional, nevermind global, importance that English does. It doesn't matter if the majority of Chinese know English or not. In the big scheme of things, it really doesn't matter if the guy/gal making your iPhone or harvesting rice knows English or not. I'd be willing to wager that the Chinese elite either have a descent grasp of English or are damn well making sure their kids have a solid command of it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Interestingly, there was a report on TV recently where they said a lot of Chinese are learning Portuguese, courses are all booked out and the Chinese are paying a lot to lure Portuguese teachers over there. No idea why, maybe because of Brazil or Lusophone African countries
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Interestingly, there was a report on TV recently where they said a lot of Chinese are learning Portuguese, courses are all booked out and the Chinese are paying a lot to lure Portuguese teachers over there. No idea why, maybe because of Brazil or Lusophone African countries
Strange... I wonder how well they are going to be able to learn Portuguese, grammar is very hard plus the pronunciation.
Where are the language schools that teach Portuguese ? Do they have it in Shezhen too ? Been looking for it but I can't find Portuguese course here.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I was surprised as well to hear that.
No idea about those courses, I don't speak any Chinese language, one probably has to google those courses in Mandarin or some other local Chinese language. I suppose those courses are mainly offered by universities, colleges, the Instituto Camões, etc. And internally by companies that send employees abroad.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:53 AM
 
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01. English
02. Arabic
03. Hindi
04. Bengali
05. Mandarin
06. Japanese
07. Turkish
08. Malay
09. Russian
10. Cantonese
11. Punjabi
12. Persian
13. Vietnamese
14. Korean
15. Tamil
16. Thai
17. Tagalog
18. Spanish
19. French
20. Portugues
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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What is meant by important? Mere number of speakers? Or as an international means of communication?
A combination of both but only within Asia.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: US
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Just by hard numbers:
1. Mandarin.
2. Hindi
3. Bengali.
4. Arabic.
5. Malay.

English is omnipresent, so not counting it.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:40 PM
 
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Believe it or not, speakers of two of the languages at the bottom of most people list here, Spanish and Portuguese, are increasingly sought after in the export-oriented East and South East Asian countries. This is due to the increasingly important Asia-Latin America bilateral trades.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:15 PM
 
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How would you rank the next 20 languages from most to least important in ASIA?

Arabic
Bengali
Cantonese
English
French
Hindi
Japanese
Korean
Mandarin
Malay
Persian
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
Tamil
Thai
Turkish
Vietnamese

I think Japanese is the most important language in asia.....
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