Learning foreign language in India

If you think English is enough to communicate with anybody in this world, you are sadly misinformed. Statistically the highest spoken foreign language in the world is Chinese with 20.7%, followed by English at 6.2%. That means that 93.8% of people do not speak English. This makes it necessary to learn another foreign language if you have to step outside India.

Top 4 reasons to learn a foreign language

  1. When you learn a new language, a completely new perspective opens up for you to view the world. You learn not just the grammar and pronunciation but you see the history of the part of the world from which the language comes. You can appreciate other cultures when you learn a foreign language. Your adaptability increases and you become open minded.
  2. By learning a foreign language, you have an edge over others in terms of employment and academic opportunities. Now, which language will give you that ability is something that you need to decide.
  3. Research shows that young children who learn a foreign language at school level have better understanding of their own mother tongue and clarity of thoughts. In addition, they show remarkable improvement in their grades compared to those who do not study a second language. Hence, learning a new language hones the life skills.
  4. Apart from business and educational reasons, knowledge of an extra language always comes handy while travelling to a part of the world that speaks that tongue.

Popular choices of foreign languages in India

The most popular choice in India seems to be French, followed by Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese. Many schools offer French as a language option right from 9th standard, followed by German. Other languages are learnt as an optional either at collegiate level or out of personal interest and professional needs.

Ease of Learning

Spanish is the easiest language because its syntax, grammar and even the words are similar to that of English. It is the third most widely spoken language next to English. 5.6% of the world population speaks Spanish.

French occupies the second place. The pronunciations can be tricky, but syntax is similar to English. French is the second highest learnt foreign language in the world and first in India.

Next in line is German. Takers for German language are far low when compared to French or English due to its complex syntax and applicability. 1.8% of the world population speaks German. Germans have seen to have no inclination to learn any foreign language. Per force, foreigners working or studying there need to learn German.

Chinese comes from a very different language root and hence takes time to learn. To understand a new language, it must have some similarity with a language that we know. Chinese is mostly learnt by students, business professionals and translators.

Though Chinese and Japanese look familiar, they are very different when spoken. Of the lot, Japanese is the most difficult language to learn. Since the language does not have any significant reach in Europe and the Americas, only executives and interpreters learn Japanese for their jobs.

If you want to enhance your life and equip yourself, learn a new foreign language.

Further reading:

10 good reasons why you should be learning a foreign language:

Read more articles on learning foreign languages in India:
Choosing the Right Foreign Language to Learn in India

36 Responses to Learning foreign language in India

  1. prabhakar.pathak says:
    wants to learn japanese for better careier. pl suggest
  2. Emamul Haque says:
    I want to make my career in foreign language other than teaching. Kindly e-mailed me your sugesstion. I m interested in arbic. chines or spanice. Which is more demandable in india and abroad as for career.
  3. Dhanashree says:
    Hello, my foreign language background is something like that that in my school I had basic introduction to French Language after which I have not studied nor French neither any other language. Now I am working with a Export firm though at this stage I don’t need to learn any other language but I look forward to learn some language now this is out of keenness in foreign language and also as in career point of view. So can you plz help me to choose one language that can help both the ways..?
  4. mahek khoja says:
    I want to learn germany n i hv jx appeard hsc (science) any courses available in mumbai??
  5. manish says:
    Hello im a student of travel nd tourism which language should i learn
  6. Rajat prasad says:
    I passed 12 th this I want to make career in foreign language is this a right choice for what course I can do and which language is good for me???...
  7. Roshni says:
    Hi, If any one want to learn Chinese language please do contact me .
  8. Avinash pathak says:
    hello sir......i want to know that which foreign language should i learn for my career in travel & tourism? which country's visitors mostly come india?
  9. kishore says:
    hello I want to learn Hebrew language . There are any insitutues in India , Delhi or Andhra pradesh ..etc please do let me know and how much scope it has
  10. naincy says:
    Hello..i have done diploma in spanish from du now I am getting problem to find job please suggest me in wbich field should find the work
  11. vasundhara says:
    I am engineering student and i am interested to learn korean(hangul) language, can you suggest me classes to learn hangul in pune city? plz reply.
  12. Huma Shah says:
    Helo Sir, I want to learn German or French languages. Kindly suggest me What is the scope of these languaes as a career point of view, I want to go in teaching line. Please suggest some institute which are providing degree or diploma courses in German or French languages. Thanks
  13. Harshit says:
    Hello sir,i want to know the details of foreign language scope as career.list of college related to foreign language
  14. Medha says:
    Hiii..... tell me.... for professional growth which language is better German or Spanish. As I m engineer and seeking for growth.
  15. victoria says:
    hello sir, i have just finished my m.a.(honours) in history and want to learn foreign languages.i have not taken foreign languages in my 10+2 or degree courses.can i still learn them now from the scratch and where?
  16. ThinkVidya Support says:
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  17. Pooja Sharma says:
    Sir: I am a student of final year of graduation in Political science. I wish to study the foreign language which is in great demand in India. I am looking for a career in a profession where the foreign language is a must to learn. So it is quite clear that I want to learn that foreign language which is in great demand. Please guide me in this regard. I have not learnt any foreign language in 10+2 or graduation level.
  18. Alison says:
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  19. Kathryn says:
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  20. arpit says:
    i m an engineer so which language should i need to learn in respect to work in Europe
  21. Swastik Chakraborty says:
    Hello, I want to learn Chinese in Kolkata.. plzz suggest me some prestigious Institutes in Kolkata which will provide good job opportunities after completion of the course..
  22. vikram says:
    Hello, I want to learn foreign language in Delhi.. plzz suggest me which is the best one with some prestigious Institutes that i can grow more in field of Export/Import. I am already working in Textiles export with prestigious organization.. Thanks/Vikram

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