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What the world wants to learn

Learning a new skill was one of the ways many of us spent lockdown and acquiring a new language was a popular choice. But who wanted to learn which one?

Wordtip did a little research using Google to find out which language was the top choice in countries around the globe and this is what it discovered:

  • Japanese is the No 1 language to learn in Canada and the USA, while in Mexico it’s English.
  • Surprising results included Chinese being the most studied in Belize, while Korean took the fancy of those in both Peru and Chile.
  • Meanwhile, in the UK, the population was mostly attempting to get to grips with Spanish – as was Spain. This seemingly remarkable statistic may, however, be down to the over 300,000 British ex-pats who live there.
  • However, coming as no surprise to anyone, English remains the world’s most favoured language to learn, coming top in 34 European countries, though three which bucked the trend were Sweden (Portuguese), the Czech Republic (Spanish) and Denmark (German). It’s also the clear favourite in the Far East, Africa and Central Asia.
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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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