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Top 10 best languages to learn in 2020

Story added 9th Sep 2020

An invaluable skill, learning a new language is something you'll never regret. But what language should you choose? Whether it's a second or even a third language you're considering, it'll always be a personal choice. Some people learn a new language to enhance their experience when travelling, while others may be required to do it for work or business. 


If you're still trying to decide, we can help. Discover which language is right for you, and take a look at our top 10 languages to learn in 2020 below. 


Chinese (Mandarin)

Did you know over 1 billion people can speak Chinese (Mandarin)? That roughly equates to a seventh of the entire global population. The second-most used language online, and a highly sought-after skill in business, there's no doubt learning Mandarin can open up a whole new world of opportunities to those who study it. 


While Chinese (Mandarin) has a reputation for being difficult - mostly thanks to its unique writing system - there's no need to worry. When it comes to grammar and sentence structure, Mandarin is actually not that different from English. More people than ever before are learning Mandarin too - and if they can do it, so can you.


Discover Chinese (Mandarin) courses for all levels with CityLit here.



With more than 400 million native speakers, and ranking fourth on the list of most spoken languages in the world, there are so many reasons to learn Spanish! It's a particularly great choice if you love travelling; Spanish is the official language of 20 countries across the globe, including Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and Argentina. 


One of five Romance languages, you can start your journey today with CityLit. You'll find a number of different beginners' Spanish courses available, to suit all learning styles and speeds.  



Interested in Romance languages, but not sure if Spanish is right for you? Consider French -  the official language of 29 countries - including Canada and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it can take you much further than France itself. 


However, if you do have a fascination with all things French - be it art, film, literature, food or fashion - learning French as your next language is sure to help you enjoy France's fascinating culture even more. As a bonus, English shares many similar words and phrases with French too - think omelette, bouquet and faux pas - so you're sure to pick up the basics quickly.


Uncover French courses perfect for beginners today with CityLit.



Germany has the largest economy in Europe - it even beats the UK to the top spot. It's extremely useful for international business purposes, but it's a fantastic choice for travellers too - and the locals are sure to be impressed by your skills! Just make sure you watch out for the different dialects. 


Currently spoken by around 100 million people, you can start learning the basics today with German courses at CityLit



You might not realise it, but you probably know a few Hindi words already. Words like shampoo, khaki, bungalow and bangle all share Hindi origins, and it's actually the third most spoken language in the world. 


With its fascinating and unique culture, studying Hindi is guaranteed to be a rewarding journey. Many of the Hindi courses here at CityLit will teach you about cultural differences too, so you can feel confident when travelling to India. 



Spoken in Portugal and Brazil, as well as a number of other countries, Portuguese is becoming a highly sought-after language by employers worldwide. In fact, it was recently identified as one of the top 10 must-know languages in the British Council's Languages of the Future report - a list that identifies priority languages for the UK's future growth. 


If you already know Spanish too, Portuguese will be even easier for you - start speaking Portuguese with our courses today.  


British Sign Language

Did you know that British Sign Language is an official, recognised language? Often referred to as BSL, understanding and being able to use British Sign Language can help you to successfully communicate with deaf, or hard of hearing, sign language users. 


Our teachers aim to make learning BSL as straightforward, and as enjoyable, as possible - explore our accessible British Sign Language courses here



Whether your goal is to watch anime without the subtitles, or you're determined to sound like a local in Tokyo, there's never been a better time to learn Japanese. In fact, we even have a dedicated blog post exploring why Japanese (and Korean) has become so popular over the past decade.  


Japanese is fairly difficult for native English speakers, but it's an extremely rewarding language for those who are passionate about Japan. We'll help you start from the very beginning, with affordable Japanese courses at CityLit.



Not to be overlooked, Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world. Over 400 million people speak Arabic, particularly those living in locations in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and the Middle East.


When reading or writing in Arabic, it's important to begin on the right and end on the left. There are around 30 variations and dialects of Arabic, including MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) used for writing and formal speech, and Classical Arabic which was used to create the Qur'an.


Discover more about Arabic, and immerse yourself in both the language and culture, with our Arabic courses at CityLit.



Last but not least - Italian! Tied with China for having the most World Heritage Sites, this beautiful country becomes even more alluring when you understand its native tongue. Always a popular language with learners, Italian is relatively easy to grasp - particularly if you're familiar with other Romance languages. 


From Venice to Rome and Pisa, start exploring the wonders of Italy with our range of Italian courses today.


Think you've decided on your next language? If you need more inspiration, please check out our Languages page where you will find all of the exciting languages we offer.