By Aaron Rockwell, Staff Wizard
I woke up thinking about whether I wanted to go to China and learn Mandarin this summer or learn another language. To assess the pros of all the languages, I compiled all the first listed language data from The World Factbook, along with Population, Landmass, and GDP numbers from Wikipedia.
If you want to learn a language solely based on the number of speakers:
|Rank||Language||Sum of Population in Millions|
If you want to learn a language solely based on the landmass covered by the number of speakers:
|Rank||Language||Sum of Landmass in Thousands (km2)|
Since Russia has such a huge land-space, it makes sense that they would be boosted to a number two slot.
If you want to learn a language solely based on the GDP per capita by the number of speakers:
|Rank||Language||GDP per Capita ($)|
If you want to learn a language solely based on the total GDP by the number of speakers:
|Rank||Language||Sum of GDP in Billions ($)|
Finally, if you want to learn a language based on the above four rankings:
|Rank||Language||Rank of Sum of Population||Rank of Sum of Landmass||Rank of Sum of GDP||Rank of GDP per Capita||Total|
This chart shows why English is such a desired language in the world. It also gives me confidence in learning Mandarin (which generally takes 2200 hours of study to become comprehensive for native English speakers).