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Poll Question: What is the second most important language in the world after English?
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
5 [4.13%]
35 [28.93%]
25 [20.66%]
9 [7.44%]
47 [38.84%]
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lichtrausch
Triglot
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Speaks: English*, German, Japanese
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 Message 1 of 68
12 October 2011 at 4:10am | IP Logged 
This isn't a scientific poll so you can interpret the question freely. It would be interesting to know the reason for your choice as well.
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mandalore
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 Message 2 of 68
12 October 2011 at 4:54am | IP Logged 
I voted for Chinese/Mandarin because of its use in what is both the most populated country in the world and the world's second largest economy.
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nway
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 Message 3 of 68
12 October 2011 at 6:14am | IP Logged 
This is a strictly regional matter.

If you live in Albania, the second most important language is English, which of course follows Albanian.

Each of these five languages is useless outside of the geographic regions to which they're confined.

I know this wasn't what you meant, but this really is the truth of the matter. It's all regional.

But since you were of course referring to the "statistically" most "important" from a "universal" perspective, hours upon hours upon hours of personal research has suggested this:

1. Chinese
2/3. Spanish / French
4/5. Arabic/Russian

In the future, Russian and French will likely drop relative to their tied counterparts.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut...

Since I already did all the work, I may as well post some screenshots from my own personal archive:

2050 population:



Film industries by monetary value:



Projected GDP growth, per capita:



Global cities:



Life expectancy per GDP per capita (PPP):



^ This one measures the healthfulness of linguistic populations' lifestyles. I equalized the scale such that Hong Kong and Mainland China amount to the same, which intuitively makes sense, since they're the same culture, despite their differing levels of wealth.

Life expectancy per GDP per capita (PPP):



^ I simply illustrated the table above. You should be able to figure out the color scheme from the data...

Student achievement:



^ I believe the color scheme is relative to the US. Data from the OECD's 2009 PISA. Countries in grey aren't measured.

Nominal GDP:



Popularity:



^ "Popularity" derived from Google queries such as, "I wish I could speak ____".

Self-explanatory:







Composites of various variables:





Composite of Steinke and T-Index:



Top universities from 2010 rankings:



Languages of leading cities by various variables:



Demographic vitality:



^ Life expectancy divided by median age.

Business and wealth:



Wikipedias (intellectual stock):



Various raw data, some projected:



^ "Market" is current stock market capitalization. "IQ" is the composite of the OECD's 2009 PISA. "English" is the level of English fluency typical of the languages' speakers.

Well, that's it. Each of these is the result of hours upon hours of research, and of course this was a very brisk presentation of them all, with much left unsaid. If anyone has any questions regarding the data, sources, or methodologies used, feel free to ask.

Edited by nway on 12 October 2011 at 7:22am

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leosmith
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 Message 4 of 68
12 October 2011 at 2:17pm | IP Logged 
nway wrote:

Each of these five languages is useless outside of the geographic regions to which they're confined.

Huh? Do you really believe that?
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nway
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 Message 5 of 68
12 October 2011 at 5:45pm | IP Logged 
leosmith wrote:
nway wrote:

Each of these five languages is useless outside of the geographic regions to which they're confined.

Huh? Do you really believe that?

When those "geographic regions" include diasporic populations and concentrated areas of secondary learners, yes, of course.

This is somewhat of a definitional fact.

(I'm of course referring to face-to-face communication—not the Internet, mass media, and other forms of telecommunication.)

Edited by nway on 12 October 2011 at 5:46pm

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Mad Max
Tetraglot
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Spain
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Speaks: Spanish*, French, English, Russian
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 Message 6 of 68
12 October 2011 at 7:13pm | IP Logged 
Well, we can consider two Hemispheres, and the 3 most important languages are:

- Western Hemisphere: Mother tongue, English and Spanish.

- Eastern Hemisphere: Mother tongue, English and Chinese.


In short, it is obvious that English is the global language. The second most important is
Spanish or Chinese depending on the Hemisphere where you live.


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Марк
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 Message 7 of 68
12 October 2011 at 7:21pm | IP Logged 
Certainly Mandarin. It can even replace English.
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MarcusOdim
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 Message 8 of 68
12 October 2011 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
It can replace English, sure, in a billion years from now
1. English
2. Spanish
3. French
4. Mandarin
?. Something else, like German or Japanese, but not Russian nor Arabic




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