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The future of language

 
外国語学習というと「英語」一択になっている感じのする日本ですが、人口や経済成長率などからどんな言語が伸びていくのか考察した興味深い記事がありました。

The future of language
By Rick Noack September 24 at 1:00 AM


Which languages will dominate the future? Predictions vary, depending on your location and purpose. But here are a few ways to approach this question.

この記事では上記のように語って、さまざまな視点からオススメの言語を紹介してくれています。経済発展を考えるとアジア、中東の言語という選択になるようです。

You want to make money in growth markets? These will be your languages.

You want to speak to as many people as possible? How about Chinese, Spanish or French?

You want to visit as many countries as possible but speak just one language?


個人的に興味深いのはWhat to learn if you're interested in cultureと文化的な視点も盛り込んでいたことです。歴史的な重みを考えるとドイツ語やロシア語などの存在感が際立ってくるそうです。とはいってもSNS界では影を潜めてしまうそうですが。

What is interesting about this graphic is that cultural significance does not appear to correlate with the most recent economic or demographic importance of a language: German, Dutch or even Russian are still disproportionately represented.

Shahar Ronen, who was among the researchers who produced the graphics, says that the latest data on languages used on Twitter shows a clear trend, though: Some more traditional languages, which are dominant hub languages for book translations, will lose influence. "As it often happens, the rise of some languages comes at the expense of others. Russian and German are two languages whose global impact is on the decline: both are top languages in book translations and Wikipedia, but barely make it to the top 15 on Twitter," Ronen explained.


この記事では、どんな言語を学ぶのか、個人の目的、動機によると締めていましたが、学習全般にいえることでもありますね。

In other words: There is no one single language of the future. Instead, language learners will increasingly have to ask themselves about their goals and own motivations before making a decision.


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