This is the language most Pakistanis want to learn

Published: May 8, 2016
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An instructor points out mandarin characters on a whiteboard at a night class for people learning mandarin as a second language in Singapore September 1, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

An instructor points out mandarin characters on a whiteboard at a night class for people learning mandarin as a second language in Singapore September 1, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

English is the most popular language in the world to learn online, according to one of the world’s biggest language websites.

According to language learning website, Duolingo, English is the first choice for users from 116 countries. However, in a surprising turn, French is the most popular language to learn in Pakistan.

Recently, the website used data from its 120 million users spread across 194 countries, to find out what languages they were learning.

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As the map below shows, English is the first choice while French has the second highest number of learners. Spanish comes in third and is followed by German.

PHOTO: DUOLINGO

Another map produced by the website shows the second most popular languages to learn across the world.

PHOTO: DUOLINGO

The map shows that the second most popular language to learn in Pakistan is German.

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Interestingly, the most learned language in Sweden is Swedish, which Duolingo suggests is due to high immigration. The same case can be seen in Norway where Norwegian is the second most popular language to learn and in the United States where English is the second most popular language to learn.

This article originally appeared on Independent.

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  • Syed1
    May 8, 2016 - 5:57PM

    The reasoning is very simple for this. Most educated Pakistanis already speak English fluently.

    Learning French makes immigration to Canada quite easy (since French is the second language in Canada). I have been through the process myself.

    Germany is seen as a hub of engineering and technical know-how. They have world class universities that are completely free if you know how to speak the German language, which explains why it is the second most learned language in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nasir Shah
    May 8, 2016 - 10:51PM

    For God’s sake. Stop experimenting with this nation. Pakistan is not a labortry. Nobody is interested in Cantonese and Mondrian. They are extremely difficult languages and we have no cultural links with these languages. What we need to learn is Farsi or Hindi.Recommend

  • pk007
    May 8, 2016 - 11:02PM

    Those who are living in Pakistan want to speak foreign languages and those living abroad want to speak their native languages,Recommend

  • MenInG
    May 8, 2016 - 11:12PM

    @Syed1:

    Good observation, Syed1. Recommend

  • guest
    May 9, 2016 - 12:13AM

    @Nasir Shah:
    Why the heck do we need to learn Hindi?????

    We better learn Chinese instead as China is coming to Pakistan very soonRecommend

  • Maria
    May 9, 2016 - 4:54AM

    @Syed1: Learning either of Canada’s official languages facilitates immigration to Canada just as learning the language of any country is essential to integration there. However you do not get more points for speaking French – it is either English or French. I have yet to come across Pakistanis in Canada who speak French well enough to settle in mainstream Quebecois society where French is the dominant language. Learning French has nothing to do with Pakistanis wanting to immigrate to Canada. It is because French is a beautiful language with a worldwide presence. Et out, j’habits au Canada et je parle francis aussi.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    May 9, 2016 - 10:37AM

    @Syed1: “Most educated Pakistanis already speak English fluently.”
    That is just not true.Recommend

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