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The table below gives information about some of the world's most studied languages. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
|Language||Number of people learning the language||Number of native speakers||Number of countries where the language is spoken|
|English||1.5 billion||527 million||101|
|French||82 million||118 million||51|
|Chinese||30 million||1.39 billion||33|
|Spanish||14.5 million||389 million||31|
|Italian||8 million||67 million||29|
|Japanese||3 million||123 million||25|
The table illustrates some interesting facts about some of the world's most popular languages to learn. It allows comparisons between the number of people who study a language versus those who speak it as a mother tongue, and shows how many countries have speakers of each of the languages.
The prominence of English is striking. 1.5 billion people are learning English compared to only 82 million studying the second most popular language to learn, French. English is spoken in 101 countries, roughly twice as many as French and three times more than Chinese. English is the only language with more learners than native speakers.
In terms of native speakers, Chinese is the most spoken language, more than double English with 1.39 billion. It is the third most popular language to learn with 30 million learners. Spanish has over five times more native speakers than Italian, but proportionally fewer learners at 14.5 million for Spanish and 8 million for Italian. As for Japanese, it is the least studied language of those given with 3 million learners.
Overall, more people are learning English than the other languages combined and English is spoken in the highest number of countries. However, Chinese has by far the greatest number of native speakers. There seems to be little correlation between how many native speakers there are of a language and the number of learners, but there is a stronger link between the number of learners and how many countries have speakers.
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I've always been eager to learn different languages, I was born and raised in a country where there's a great diversity in minority languages, Apart from my mother tongue and our country's national language which I can both speak fluently, I can speak English as well with great confidence.
I would love to learn Spanish and be able to have a conversation with native speakers. In fact Its unique feature and complicated sentence structure is certainly worth studying for. Moreover, Spanish musical style appeals so much to me beacuse of its rhythmic beats and catchy upbeat vibes. It goes without saying Spanish is indeed an influential language. It's worth learning for.
Well, not that I'm a fancу to learn languages but I now I can speak in four of them. On a different level of course but anyway it's a good achievement I might say.
If we talk about what specific languages I learn (not to mention my mother tongue) there is, first of all, the Ukrainian language. Not the hardest for me to learn and I really like it. It's so melodic and quite authentic. Especially, the folk songs.
The second language I learn is English. And this is a much more tough experience for me. English is a strange language - minimum rules, looks simple but exceptions and phrasal verbs - they are really shocking. Honestly, why do complicate things so much? Why does the very same group of letters read in different ways?
Anyway, I like this language and love learning it, for sure.
And the last one, and still less learned is Polish. It's quite correlated with Ukrainian and not too hard to learn (at least for those who know any other Slavic language) but also has its own difficulties.
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