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29 Nov 2018

Top 3 languages to learn after Brexit

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Importance of speaking a foreign language in post-Brexit The United Kingdom 

If you have been living in the UK in these past few years, you will be aware of the main topic of the media: Brexit and changes EU immigrants will face after 29th March 2019.

But what is Brexit exactly? And shall we think of learning the official EU language after Britain’s no longer a member?

How much influence in a business environment has and will English language have? Do we need to focus on new languages and if so, which ones will be the main languages?

Why Brexit?

The word Brexit comes from “British” and “exit” which clarifies the main target of the referendum, is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU).

On 23rd June 2016, British people were called to vote “remain” or “leave” the EU. According to the referendum, the majority (52%) voted to leave supporting the withdrawal from the EU.

Who voted “leave”?

According to Thomas Sampson, an economist at the London School of Economics, Brits who chose to leave the European Union can be divided in two categories: the first – under 60 year olds while the second- less-educated citizens. This analysis bring us to another consideration: a large number of voters opted to“leave” without actually knowing the outcome of the Brexit deal.

Importance of English language.

Since 1997 English has been the main language used in all pages on the World Wide Web which has become the essential tool for businesses as well as for domestic researches. Back in 90s, English began to spread its importance in other countries schools surpassing the most studied language- French.

Which foreign languages may surpass English in the nearest future?

It all depends on which field you want to focus on. Speaking about business, the competitor of English language is Simplified Chinese language since other parts of the world are witnessing significant growth which will most likely mean that we’ll need to speak their language in order to tap into a big share of the global market.

What about the other European languages?

Spanish will most probably surpass Japanese, and climb up to the third position by 2022, right after Simplified Chinese and English. And that’s no wonder, as it is the official language of 20 countries and it is estimated that more than 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide.

Although Portuguese is not as strong as the language of Don Quixote, it is nonetheless one of the most spoken languages in the world, with over 260 million speakers.

Which foreign language should you learn in post-Brexit Britain? 

Joining a Spanish, Portuguese, French or German language course will be useful to increase your business if your clients and your targets communicate in that particular language.  Whether you  want to learn a language for a specific reason or as a hobby, learning a foreign language will lead to long-term success. It will not only open up new avenues before you, but it will help you express yourself better.