vaikuntha (vaikuntha) wrote in linguaphiles,

Up and coming languages

I'm wondering what are the languages of the immediate future. I've heard Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese will be more useful as time goes on but are there other languages? Of course, many factors influence this like the strength (politically, economically, socially) of the nation that speaks a language. Like Hindi-Urdu has and will have many speakers but I don't think it would garner much interest outside South Asia as the region often depends on English. Besides, geography plays a role. I'm sure us in Asia would have more use for Mandarin while you in the Americas would have more use for Spanish and Portuguese...
So, any ideas? :-)

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