The Languages of Tomorrow
#Universities have seen a rapid rise in language students now opting to learn previously ‘unconventional’ languages including Russian, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. Whilst #French, #Spanish and #German remain popular studies following up from their A-Level and Baccalaureate counterparts, they are often mixed with the new wave of languages at university, i.e. students nowadays are more likely to take French and Arabic, or Spanish and Chinese. For adults who want to acquire a new tongue, fascination delves them into #Mandarin and/or Cantonese as well as Hindi and Japanese. It appears that conventional French is no longer ‘à la mode’, despite being the primary language of the #European Union. The economic crisis of recent years could go some way to explain this influx of interest in the Eastern world – sources of income now stretch far beyond Europe and #USA.
On the same road in a city like #London, one could find #Italian, #Lebanese, #Chinese and #Indian restaurants all lined up alongside each other in perfect harmony. This form of #globalisation has expanded from not only picking a new eatery, but watching foreign #films, visiting historical and #cultural #exhibitions about foreign lands, and most importantly, learning the #language (or at least its basic elements).