What language should you learn?
What language should you learn

What language should you learn?

The world is becoming increasingly multilingual. The future belongs to the polyglots and monolinguals are decreasing in number. Even in the UK we have had a surge of language learning – maybe the word surge is a little strong, but something is happening.

But why do people learn languages? Do they want to become more employable? Is it because they like the sound or simply to travel?

You need to ask these questions to yourself before you embark on the titanic quest of learning a new language. You should know how difficult it is and how much the language(s) you already know will help you with conquering the next one. 

It’s a widely acknowledged fact that speaking more than one language increases your employability, as well as being a hugely rewarding. If you are one such polyglot, then take a look at our language profiles below to help you make that important decision.

With language learning on the up, so is the range of language learning resources available. Here you can find the free online language learning resources, along with language learning courses abroad. Participating in a language course abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn a language directly from the locals. 

The six categories we include are:

  • Employability: using the percentage of job offers with a specific language and measuring it against the percentage of our candidates who speak that language, we can arrive at an employability status.
  • Attractiveness: using a survey from the website thetoptens.com we have given the languages ratings of attractiveness.
  • Difficulty: with information from infographics created by thecultureist.com we have given rough indications of the ease with which each language can be learnt.
  • European ranking: this is the number of native speakers of the language in Europe.
  • Number of countries: the number of countries where the language is an official  language in Europe.
  • Offers on ELJ: this is the number of active offers we currently have listed on the Europe Language Jobs website.      


Which is the one for you?

Are you looking to increase your employability? Or are you trying to make yourself a more attractive person – as if that was possible! Or maybe you just fancy being able to say that you are multilingual without too much effort and are therefore looking for an easy option. Whatever your motivation, these awesome infographics should help you decide... 

German languages stats for jobseekers

If you’re looking for a job then German is the language for you…


French language stats for jobseekers

Ze language of love.


Spanish language stats for jobseekers

Simple and sexy - is Spanish the one for you?


Greek language stats for job seekers

Fancy a challenge and being a little different?


Swedish language stats for job seekers

Remember, you don’t have to mess about with masculine and feminine in Swedish


Polish language stats for job seekers

A surprisingly large amount of Europe speaks Polish.


Dutch language stats for job seekers

Very employable and not as tough as German...sounds good to me!


Russian language stats for jobseekers

Everyone is “Russian” to learn this language.

Some big names may be missing from the selection but we wanted to choose an accurate cross-section of the main languages of Europe, covering the main strands of Slavic, Germanic and Romantic.

The great thing about the world we live in is that we have access to quality content of all types for free to help us learn new skills from the comfort of our own home. Sites like YouTube and apps such as Duolingo have totally rewritten the self-teaching rulebook. So if you’ve been inspired to learn Swedish, because it’s actually much easier than you thought and they have pretty people there, why not get started today? 

Do you want to learn any of these languages? ESL provides high quality language study courses abroad in over 40 different countries. Their service should help you find the perfect course to perfect your language skills - a wide range of superb destinations ensures you can find the right environment to study in total language immersion, according to your wishes and priorities.

May 4, 2018 by Dan

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German +1

posted 2 years ago by Robin

I really enjoyed the article.

It seems though, that the 4 most important languages that could be an asset for any job is

posted 2 years ago by Ioannis

Trying to learn Spanish here and looking at the employability rate... ha ha

posted 2 years ago by Paul Sathabadi


posted 2 years ago by Aki

The best method of learning a language is the total immersion program abroad!

posted 2 years ago by Paolo

When you decide to settle in a country, it's important to learn the language of that country.

posted 2 years ago by Qaisar

It's important to choose a language that has the perfect mix between employability and difficulty. In this case, I consider it will depend on the country you are looking for a job. In this way, Dutch can be a very attractive language to learn in countries like Spain or Belgium but not much in other countries like France, for example.

posted 2 years ago by Jorge

I think the first language that one should learn is his or her mother language and only after that he or she needs to look for the suitable and the most appropriate to learn. I believe the most appropriate language to learn nowadays is English language!

posted 2 years ago by Azar

I think that the most common languages are:

posted 2 years ago by Mohamed

I am thinking about French and English

posted 2 years ago by Arus


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