So you have finally decided to take some time off your routine studies and learn a foreign language.
Great! As you might already know, learning a foreign language has a ton of benefits, including increasing your employability exponentially.
(You can check out all of those benefits out in detail by reading our article about all the benefits of learning a foreign language in India.)
But there are more than 2000 languages that are currently being spoken around the world, and it takes too much of your time and effort to find out which ones are the best for you.
And that is why, in this article, we have done all of that hard work for you, and we have narrowed down to six of the best foreign languages to learn for students like you by considering all of the necessary parameters like its scope, difficulty, cost of learning, etc.
Let’s get started!
7 Most useful Foreign Language to Learn in India
If there is one language that could compete with English globally, then it’s Spanish. It is spoken by about 500 million people spread across 20 countries(mostly in Latin America).
Learning a global language like Spanish can provide you with a ton of carrier opportunities. As Spanish is the second most spoken language in the US, you can work for a lot of MNCs in India that provide services to their Spanish-speaking customers in the US. And compared to English, the competition is a lot less fierce in the Spanish industry.
After learning Spanish, you can apply for a job at the foreign embassies. As I’ve already mentioned before, Spanish is the official language of more than 20 countries, so you have the chance of applying for a job in 20 embassies across various cities in India, and you can also go to Spanish-speaking countries and work for Indian embassies there.
There are also many other Spanish translation and transcription freelance jobs posted every day on freelance and social media websites.
Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn for Indian students who can already speak English. Spanish alphabet and pronunciations are very similar to that of English. It is often considered the gateway to other romance languages like Italian, French, and Portuguese.
As Spanish is so easy, if you put enough time into it, you can easily master it, and later, you can also become a teacher in it as there is a lot of scope for Spanish teachers worldwide.
Apart from being so easy, learning Spanish is also very cheap. You could basically just log on to apps like Duolingo and start learning your first Spanish words immediately.
Make sure to check out our article about learning Spanish in India, where we have explored each and every one of its pros and cons.
Mandarin Chinese is the language with the most number of native speakers globally. It is spoken by more than a billion people worldwide.
As China is an upcoming global power and there aren’t a lot of Indians who speak Chinese, there is a lot of job opportunities for the ones who do.
Learning Chinese could be of massive help to you, especially if you are an IT and electronics student as the Chinese smartphone and tech industry is the biggest in the entire world. As an engineer, you can double or even triple your salary in the future just by knowing how to converse with the Chinese.
Chinese tech and investment companies also have a lot of presence in India. And a lot of those companies do not operate in English, and they constantly hire local translators in India to negotiate with their business partners in India.
And if you already know English perfectly, you can also work as a translator for between Chinese companies and various American, Australian, Canadian and British companies.
But the biggest disadvantage with Chinese is its difficulty. It is the most difficult of all the languages mentioned in this article. The Chinese alphabet, pronunciation, syntax, and everything else are completely different from all the other languages of the world.
And this is one of the primary reasons why most people in India do not prefer learning Chinese. And as there are very few people who can speak Chinese in India, you could be greatly benefited if you decide to learn it.
German is one of the most popular of all foreign languages in Indian.
If you are looking to study abroad for an affordable price with decent living conditions, then there isn’t a more important language for you to learn than German.
As you might already know, German universities do not charge any tuition fee, and there is fierce competition for the universities that teach in English, so if you manage to learn German, you’d be able to beat almost 90% of your competition for admission.
As Germany is the biggest economies in Europe, there are also many other benefits of learning German, like you can BPOs and KPOs for many MNCs with German clients in India. Germany manufactures a huge share of the automobile industry, so you can benefit a lot from it if you are an engineering student aspiring to study abroad.
But German is exceptionally challenging to learn for most Indians. It is entirely different from English and all the other European languages. But in most cities of India, there are tons of coaching centers where you can learn German for a very affordable price.
French is spoken by around 250 million people spread across 29 countries. The majority of the French native speakers live in France, Northern Africa, and Canada.
French could be extremely beneficial to you if you are planning to move to Canada, where education is very affordable education. It is important for you to know French because a huge population of Canada speaks French, and it’s difficult to survive in some of the eastern provinces like Montreal without understanding French.
French also has the same alphabet as English. But the one disadvantage with French is its tricky pronunciations that could end up being too complex for an average Indian like you and me.
Japan is the third-largest economy in the world with some of the most advanced technology.
Compared to other countries, Japan has a lot of demand for English teachers. If you can even learn basic Japanese to be able to converse with the students, you can basically become a part-time online teacher on zoom. As Japan has a strong purchase power, the pay is also very high.
Learning Japanese has some other advantages like learning about its rich and unique history and traditions, access to popular animes in Japanese, etc.
The learning process of Japanese could be extremely difficult and time-consuming as you’ll have to learn an entirely different alphabet, to begin with, and then there are a lot of words in Japanese that are very difficult to pronounce.
But if you are looking to put a bit of effort into a language that could help you make a lot of money, then this is the one.
There are 85 million native Italian speakers in the world spread across mostly Italy and some of the other countries around in and around it, like San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
Italian would be very helpful for you in your career if you are a student of history, art, and archaeology as you can gain access to a lot of very important historical texts written about ancient Rome and the history since then in Italian that has not been translated yet.
The Italian language is considered the key to study and research in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology, and philosophy.
And there are a lot of job opportunities in Indian BPO, KPO, and call centers for Italian speakers. As there is a lot of shortage of Italian speakers in India, the salary is also very high.
Many Indians also learn Italian because of their admiration for Opera music.
Despite of the fact that Italian has the same alphabet as English and other Germanic and latinic languages, it is still considered the toughest language to learn out of all the languages in Europe.
But if you already know Spanish, the road to learning Italian would be a bit easier for you as they both are derived from Latin, and they also have a lot of common words between each other, so you wouldn’t need to learn and memorize new words.
Having the ability to speak a foreign language is a rare skill in India, and it will set you apart from the rest of your competition. But let me tell you this, a lot of people in India tend to give up very quickly.
Irrespective of whichever one of the languages you have to learn, it is going to be difficult to start off. But once you start making sentences by yourself, you will begin to enjoy it, and it will only get easier.
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