The way that we communicate with each other is one of the most important fundamentals of business to understand. Multicultural communication has taken the world from separate nations to a fully-functioning global economy, one where industries and economics can transcend borders for the benefit of all mankind. This is what makes language so important in the business world. However, every person can’t possibly know every language. So which ones should you know? Here are the top business languages in the world...

English

English is, by far, the absolute number one business language on the planet. English is the primary spoken language in several major industrial countries, such as England, Australia, and the United States, which is the largest economy on the planet. It is also widely spoken throughout the European Union, which is the largest purchasing power on the globe.

Mandarin Chinese

The economy of the entire planet often hinges on the stability of China (as we are seeing, right now). China is such a huge force in global economics, and is a major trading partner with every industrial country in the world. As so much manufacturing is done in China, it makes it a very lucrative business language to learn. This is especially true of Mandarin Chinese, which is the official language of China.

Russian

Wherever global politics are heading in the next decade, one thing is for certain: Russia will have a huge part to play in the world. Russia is a country that is rich in many natural resources, and has the benefit of a highly educated population. Business is usually good in Russia. Despite high levels of government corruption, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world.

Spanish

There are nearly half a billion Spanish speaking people on the planet. It is the primary language of nearly the entire continent of South America, which includes dozens of countries that are developing and will one day be highly industrialized. This makes Spanish not only a very practical language to learn right now, but also a highly lucrative one for the future.