25 Languages You Should Learn If You Want To Beef Up Your Resume

So of all the languages in the world, which ones should you learn, if any at all? If you live in a bilingual nation or have a multilingual family background, then this choice is probably more obvious for you. For the rest of us though it may be slightly more difficult. One way of doing this, however, is to rank the languages according to the collective GDP of their speakers. For example, only 22 million speak Dutch. Why would anyone want to learn that language? Well, those 22 million people account for a disproportionately large percentage of the world’s total GDP. Learning Dutch could make a lot of sense if you are seeking business or work opportunities. Of course, some of the languages on this list are only here because they have so many people speaking them. For example, there are hundreds of millions of Bengali speakers. Put together, all 300 million of them earn about as much as the 22 million Dutch speakers but each individual Bengali speaker has a per capital GDP (income) that is significantly lower. While no list is perfect, this one will at least give you a different perspective on the relative importance of languages in the business world today. These are 25 languages you should learn if you want to beef up your resume.

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Finnish

Finnish

World GDP – less than 1%

Perhaps not surprisingly you should expect to see most of the Nordic countries represented on this list.

24

Swedish

Swedish

World GDP – less than 1%

What did we tell you? We weren’t lying.

23

Greek

Greek

World GDP – less than 1%

Although its economy isn’t doing too great right now, compared to the languages and countries that didn’t make this list, it’s definitely worth learning.

22

Hebrew

Hebrew

World GDP – less than 1%

For a country as small as Israel, its economy and society are remarkably efficient and high performing. Furthermore, plenty of large, international companies have set up shop in Tel-Aviv.

21

Danish

Danish

World GDP – less than 1%

Although it’s only spoken by 6 million people, Denmark has a powerhouse economy that provides plenty of business opportunities.



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