Which language does every country want to learn?

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Learning a new language is a challenge that many people have taken on over the past year.

Teaching yourself to speak a foreign language while airports were closed may seem loco. But learning a new language gives a taste of another culture, keeps your brain active and healthy, and helps you think and see in new ways.

But what languages are individuals in different countries most interested in learning?

This new study from WordTips digs into Google search data to uncover which language each country is most interested in learning.

WordTips compiled a list of the top 50 most spoken languages based on their previous article ‘The 100 Most-Spoken Languages in the World.’
Then the WordTips team translated the following phrases into 119 languages:
● [Language Name] language (e.g. “English language”);
● Study Language Name;
● Learn Language Name

Then the team used Ahrefs to identify monthly Google search volumes of those phrases translated to one of the country’s official or widely used languages. Then WordTips summed up the monthly search volumes of the phrases and found out the two most popular languages in every country.

Finally, they enriched the study’s data with the number of internet users and calculated the number of yearly searches per 1000 internet users. The data was collected in May 2021.

The most sought-after language in each country
The most popular language in every country mapped

Most popular language in every country

CountryContinentMost popular languagesYearly searches per 1000 internet users
IndonesiaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish53.08
ThailandRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish44.28
JapanRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish26.88
UkraineEuropeUkrainian25.94
AzerbaijanRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish24.7
KyrgyzstanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish21.72
AlgeriaAfricaFrench16.76
ArmeniaEuropeRussian16.66
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEuropeEnglish15.26
RussiaEuropeEnglish14.59
VietnamRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish13.66
KazakhstanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish12.72
Saudi ArabiaMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic11.86
MoldovaEuropeEnglish11.53
LatviaEuropeEnglish10.28
BulgariaEuropeEnglish10.02
United Arab EmiratesMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic9.88
BelarusEuropeEnglish9.79
AlbaniaEuropeEnglish9.3
CroatiaEuropeEnglish9.28
GeorgiaEuropeEnglish8.98
FranceEuropeEnglish8.82
DenmarkEuropeGerman8.65
MongoliaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish8.54
PolandEuropeEnglish8.52
EstoniaEuropeEnglish8.33
DjiboutiAfricaEnglish7.25
MoroccoAfricaFrench7.13
RomaniaEuropeEnglish7.05
AustriaEuropeEnglish6.43
BelgiumEuropeEnglish6.24
KuwaitMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic6.06
SerbiaEuropeEnglish5.75
TunisiaAfricaEnglish5.68
PalestineMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic5.39
JordanMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic5.35
MalaysiaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish5.34
SingaporeRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean5.22
BahrainMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic5.19
GermanyEuropeEnglish5.18
FinlandEuropeEnglish5.12
Hong KongRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese5.03
LithuaniaEuropeEnglish4.86
MontenegroEuropeEnglish4.78
QatarMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic4.58
South KoreaRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese4.56
SwitzerlandEuropeEnglish4.42
AndorraEuropeSpanish4.24
MaltaEuropeEnglish4.1
HungaryEuropeEnglish3.97
UruguaySouth AmericaSpanish3.66
OmanMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic3.49
LuxembourgEuropeEnglish3.33
MaldivesRest of Asia and OceaniaArabic3.33
IsraelMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish3.28
United KingdomEuropeSpanish3.27
LibyaAfricaEnglish3.16
HondurasNorth AmericaSpanish3.15
ItalyEuropeEnglish3.13
CyprusEuropeEnglish3.12
SeychellesAfricaEnglish3.1
PhilippinesRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean3.1
UzbekistanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish3.1
TurkeyMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish3.03
United StatesNorth AmericaJapanese3.01
AustraliaRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese3
IraqMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.99
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth AmericaSpanish2.93
Czech RepublicEuropeSpanish2.93
New ZealandRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese2.77
Republic of the CongoAfricaEnglish2.75
SenegalAfricaEnglish2.7
GabonAfricaEnglish2.66
GreeceEuropeEnglish2.65
EgyptAfricaArabic2.6
BelizeNorth AmericaChinese2.54
PortugalEuropeEnglish2.52
TaiwanRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese2.52
MauritiusAfricaEnglish2.5
IcelandEuropeEnglish2.48
LebanonMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic2.46
Antigua And BarbudaNorth AmericaSpanish2.41
SloveniaEuropeGerman2.4
SpainEuropeSpanish2.4
NetherlandsEuropeEnglish2.33
North MacedoniaEuropeEnglish2.32
TajikistanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.2
IrelandEuropeEnglish2
Sri LankaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish1.98
HaitiNorth AmericaEnglish1.95
NorwayEuropeEnglish1.89
SurinameSouth AmericaEnglish1.87
BruneiRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean1.87
LaosRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese1.86
GuyanaSouth AmericaEnglish1.83
SlovakiaEuropeEnglish1.81
SwedenEuropePortuguese1.73
MadagascarAfricaEnglish1.67
JamaicaNorth AmericaEnglish1.55
CanadaNorth AmericaJapanese1.52
CambodiaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish1.5
ColombiaSouth AmericaEnglish1.45
Trinidad and TobagoNorth AmericaSpanish1.44
Cote D'IvoireAfricaEnglish1.44
PanamaNorth AmericaSpanish1.36
CameroonAfricaEnglish1.34
Timor-LesteRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish1.3
BahamasNorth AmericaEnglish1.25
GuatemalaNorth AmericaSpanish1.21
ArgentinaSouth AmericaItalian1.19
PeruSouth AmericaKorean1.15
Costa RicaNorth AmericaSpanish1.1
PakistanRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish1.08
EcuadorSouth AmericaEnglish1.01
TogoAfricaEnglish0.99
MaliAfricaEnglish0.96
NepalRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean0.95
MexicoNorth AmericaEnglish0.94
AfghanistanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish0.92
TurkmenistanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish0.9
El SalvadorNorth AmericaEnglish0.88
Cape VerdeAfricaEnglish0.87
BrazilSouth AmericaEnglish0.86
BhutanRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese0.8
BeninAfricaEnglish0.74
NicaraguaNorth AmericaSpanish0.71
Puerto RicoNorth AmericaEnglish0.71
SomaliaAfricaEnglish0.68
VenezuelaSouth AmericaItalian0.61
ChileSouth AmericaKorean0.61
IndiaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.6
Dominican RepublicNorth AmericaSpanish0.57
FijiRest of Asia and OceaniaHindi0.57
NigerAfricaArabic0.55
NamibiaAfricaEnglish0.5
Burkina FasoAfricaEnglish0.46
BangladeshRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.45
BotswanaAfricaFrench0.43
BoliviaSouth AmericaEnglish0.41
South AfricaAfricaEnglish0.39
EthiopiaAfricaEnglish0.38
TanzaniaAfricaSwahili0.37
RwandaAfricaEnglish0.33
MyanmarRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.3
ParaguaySouth AmericaPortuguese0.29
KenyaAfricaFrench0.28
Democratic Republic of the CongoAfricaEnglish0.26
Sierra LeoneAfricaEnglish0.2
NigeriaAfricaEnglish0.19
MozambiqueAfricaEnglish0.18
GhanaAfricaEnglish0.15
AngolaAfricaEnglish0.14
ZimbabweAfricaEnglish0.12
UgandaAfricaEnglish0.12
ZambiaAfricaFrench0.05
MalawiAfricaZulu0.03

The maps below show reveals the most sought-after language on every continent.

North America
The most popular language in North America
South America
The most popular language in South America
Europe
The most popular language in Europe
Middle East and Central Asia
The most popular language in Middle East and Central Asia
Africa
The most popular languages in Africa
The rest of Asia and Oceania
The most popular language in the Asia and Oceania

Below the World Map showing the second most popular language that each country wants to learn.

Second-most popular language in every country
2nd-most popular language in every nation mapped

Second-most popular language

CountryContinentMost popular languagesYearly searches per 1000 internet users
UkraineEuropeEnglish25.08
AzerbaijanRest of Asia and OceaniaRussian16.95
RussiaEuropeRussian14.58
KyrgyzstanMiddle East & Central AsiaRussian12.9
ArmeniaEuropeEnglish11.29
JapanRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese11.04
ThailandRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese10.87
AlgeriaAfricaEnglish9.75
KazakhstanMiddle East & Central AsiaRussian9.16
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEuropeGerman7.5
LatviaEuropeRussian7.15
GeorgiaEuropeRussian6.68
BelarusEuropeRussian6.58
PolandEuropePolish6.49
MoroccoAfricaEnglish6.34
CroatiaEuropeGerman5.87
IndonesiaRest of Asia and OceaniaIndonesian5.63
MoldovaEuropeRussian5.57
TunisiaAfricaFrench5.53
EstoniaEuropeRussian5.45
SingaporeRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese4.99
MalaysiaRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean4.94
AlbaniaEuropeGerman4.8
South KoreaRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish4.16
BulgariaEuropeGerman4.15
Saudi ArabiaMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish3.97
VietnamRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese3.23
Hong KongRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish3.12
MongoliaRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean3.04
PalestineMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish3.02
MontenegroEuropeRussian3.02
LuxembourgEuropeFrench2.94
LithuaniaEuropeRussian2.89
CyprusEuropeSpanish2.88
FranceEuropeJapanese2.82
JordanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.81
United KingdomEuropeEnglish2.74
KuwaitMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.68
MaltaEuropeItalian2.52
AustraliaRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean2.47
United Arab EmiratesMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.44
SwitzerlandEuropeSpanish2.42
LibyaAfricaArabic2.41
AustriaEuropeItalian2.39
OmanMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.32
North MacedoniaEuropeGerman2.32
SloveniaEuropeEnglish2.19
GermanyEuropeSpanish2.13
DenmarkEuropeEnglish2.11
New ZealandRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean2.11
MaldivesRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish2.1
LebanonMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish2.08
United StatesNorth AmericaKorean2.05
BelgiumEuropeSpanish2.04
IraqMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic2.01
FinlandEuropeRussian1.94
QatarMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish1.88
IsraelMiddle East & Central AsiaRussian1.87
TajikistanMiddle East & Central AsiaRussian1.79
MauritiusAfricaGerman1.77
BahrainMiddle East & Central AsiaEnglish1.75
EgyptAfricaEnglish1.74
IrelandEuropeSpanish1.73
AndorraEuropeEnglish1.69
SwedenEuropeJapanese1.69
Antigua And BarbudaNorth AmericaFrench1.61
BruneiRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish1.58
CanadaNorth AmericaFrench1.52
DjiboutiAfricaFrench1.52
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth AmericaEnglish1.47
SpainEuropeEnglish1.47
TurkeyMiddle East & Central AsiaPolish1.46
ItalyEuropeItalian1.45
SerbiaEuropeRussian1.45
IcelandEuropeGerman1.42
NorwayEuropePortuguese1.41
Czech RepublicEuropeEnglish1.4
PortugalEuropeFrench1.4
PhilippinesRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese1.38
RomaniaEuropeGerman1.32
BelizeNorth AmericaSpanish1.27
TaiwanRest of Asia and OceaniaVietnamese1.23
HungaryEuropeRussian1.08
SeychellesAfricaTamil1.03
SurinameSouth AmericaPortuguese1.02
MadagascarAfricaFrench1.01
Sri LankaRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean0.99
Costa RicaNorth AmericaEnglish0.95
Trinidad and TobagoNorth AmericaChinese0.89
NepalRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.89
MexicoNorth AmericaKorean0.89
JamaicaNorth AmericaSpanish0.88
Cape VerdeAfricaFrench0.87
ColombiaSouth AmericaKorean0.85
PeruSouth AmericaEnglish0.84
GuyanaSouth AmericaPortuguese0.82
BhutanRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.8
SlovakiaEuropeGerman0.8
SenegalAfricaArabic0.79
PanamaNorth AmericaEnglish0.77
GreeceEuropeSpanish0.72
EcuadorSouth AmericaKorean0.71
ArgentinaSouth AmericaEnglish0.68
PakistanRest of Asia and OceaniaTurkish0.68
UruguaySouth AmericaItalian0.67
Puerto RicoNorth AmericaSpanish0.65
LaosRest of Asia and OceaniaEnglish0.64
El SalvadorNorth AmericaItalian0.62
ChileSouth AmericaSpanish0.61
GabonAfricaArabic0.56
NigerAfricaEnglish0.54
BahamasNorth AmericaJapanese0.54
NetherlandsEuropePortuguese0.5
Dominican RepublicNorth AmericaEnglish0.49
VenezuelaSouth AmericaEnglish0.47
IndiaRest of Asia and OceaniaKorean0.47
CambodiaRest of Asia and OceaniaThai0.46
BangladeshRest of Asia and OceaniaBengali0.45
BrazilSouth AmericaKorean0.44
MaliAfricaArabic0.43
HaitiNorth AmericaSpanish0.42
NamibiaAfricaSpanish0.41
NicaraguaNorth AmericaRussian0.39
TanzaniaAfricaEnglish0.37
HondurasNorth AmericaEnglish0.35
South AfricaAfricaZulu0.35
BotswanaAfricaSpanish0.32
FijiRest of Asia and OceaniaJapanese0.28
TogoAfricaGerman0.27
Republic of the CongoAfricaSpanish0.27
BoliviaSouth AmericaSpanish0.26
ParaguaySouth AmericaItalian0.24
Cote D'IvoireAfricaSpanish0.24
GuatemalaNorth AmericaEnglish0.22
CameroonAfricaGerman0.2
Timor-LesteRest of Asia and OceaniaIndonesian0.2
MozambiqueAfricaPortuguese0.18
RwandaAfricaFrench0.15
KenyaAfricaEnglish0.14
AfghanistanMiddle East & Central AsiaArabic0.13
GhanaAfricaGerman0.13
Burkina FasoAfricaArabic0.11
NigeriaAfricaYoruba0.09
MyanmarRest of Asia and OceaniaChinese0.08
ZimbabweAfricaGerman0.07
BeninAfricaYoruba0.07
EthiopiaAfricaFrench0.06
UgandaAfricaFrench0.06
UzbekistanMiddle East & Central AsiaRussian0.06
AngolaAfricaPortuguese0.05
Democratic Republic of the CongoAfricaFrench0.04
ZambiaAfricaSpanish0.04
MalawiAfricaChinese0.03
Sierra LeoneAfrica
SomaliaAfrica
TurkmenistanMiddle East & Central Asia
Interesting Findings

● English is the most popular language to learn in 98 countries.
● Spanish is the second most popular language in 14 countries.
● Japanese is very popular in the English-speaking world — it’s the most popular language to learn in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.
● Ukraine has the highest interest in the local language, with 25.94 yearly searches per 1,000 internet users for Ukrainian.
● Arabic is the most popular language to learn in 12 countries — Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Niger, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
● The Korean language is surprisingly trendy in multiple South American countries. It likely can be explained by a combination of the reasons:
the popularity of the Korean culture among the young generation;
○ relatively small interest in learning languages in Spanish-speaking countries overall (supposedly because of tons of content in Spanish);
○ The alphabetical writing system (in contrast with the logographic one in Chinese and Japanese) makes the language simpler to learn for Latin languages speakers.
● It is estimated that up to 30 million Argentines have some degree of Italian ancestry (62.5% of the total population), so it is not surprising that the most popular language to learn in Argentina is Italian.
● Russian is still prevalent in the countries of the former USSR. It is the second-most popular language in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (everywhere after English), and the most popular in Armenia. However, none of the local languages of these countries were in the research because we limited the list to only 50 most spoken languages.

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