These are the most powerful languages in the world

December 3, 2016 Articles, WEF
My article on WEF Agenda on the most powerful languages in the world: These are the most powerful languages in the world [caption id="attachment_3014" align="aligncenter" width="1008"] Image: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis[/caption] ****************************************************************** There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, but some 2,000 of them count fewer than 1,000 speakers. Moreover, just 15 account for half of the languages spoken in the world. In a globalized world with multilingual societies, knowledge of languages is paramount in facilitating communication and in allowing people to participate in society’s cultural, economic and social activities. A pertinent question to ask then is: which are the most useful languages? If an alien were to land on Earth, which language would enable it to most fully engage with humans? To understand the efficacy of language (and by extension culture), consider the doors (“opportunities”) opened by it. Broadly speaking, there are five opportunities provided by language: 1. Geography: The ability to travel 2. Economy: The ability to participate in an economy 3. Communication: The ability to engage in dialogue 4. Knowledge and media: The ability to consume knowledge and media 5. Diplomacy: The ability to engage in international relations So which languages are the most powerful? Based…




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