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What Foreign Language Should You Study?

 1. The goal: You want to do business throughout the world.

    The language: Mandarin

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg garnered major attention when he revealed that he was learning Mandarin. While it’s hardly surprising given that his wife is Chinese, the reality is that the China is a great economic power, and the Chinese market is full of opportunities.

While many Chinese business people are accustomed to the Western way of doing business, most of their foreign partners are woefully inept. The takeaway? Those who do step up and learn the language are certain to distinguish themselves. Explains FluentU, “What happens when we, as Western professionals doing business in China and with Chinese, step out of that line of thinking and make genuine efforts to understand the language, the culture and the business environment of our Chinese counterparts? Almost without exception, they are unbelievably appreciative of those efforts.”

And while experts say that it’s unlikely that Mandarin will displace English anytime soon as the preferred language for global business communication, it’s also true that China — and