I found this story and just had to share it with everyone. It's kind of funny because I've been re-learning Spanish recently (along with most of my family) through an app on my phone.
Turns out that a LOT of people have decided to learn a new language, which isn't surprising; but what IS surprising is some of the other languages that Arkansans are jumping into in 2023! Experts at Writing Tips analyzed the number of average monthly Google searches in each state for learning a language, including terms such as ‘how to learn X’, ‘learn X’, ‘X classes near me’. The search volume for each term combined with the language were added together to discover the total average monthly searches in each state.
Citizens of Arkansas want to learn these languages the most:
1st Place - Spanish: The language is spoken by approximately 534 million speakers, as well as it being the official language of 21 countries. Almost 13% of the U.S population speak Spanish too – in fact, it is the second most spoken language in the country. Not to mention, it has the highest number of speakers in the family of romance languages.
2nd Place - Japanese: With approximately 128 million speakers, Japanese is the ninth most spoken language across the globe. As well as this, it is one of the most fast-paced languages – however, it has the lowest amount of information density per second.
3rd Place - Korean: Ranked as the 13th most commonly spoken language in the world, Korean has around 77 million speakers. With the Korean pop music gaining millions of U.S fans in recent years, including musicians like famous boy band BTS, it’s no surprise that Americans are keen to learn the language.
On a national level, Spanish takes the crown for the most popular language to learn across the U.S with a staggering total of 476,900 average monthly searches, as well as taking the top spot in each and every state. In second place is Korean with 44,090 Google searches, followed closely by Japanese in the third spot with a total monthly search volume of 40,260.
What about you? Learning a new language in the new year? Which one have you decided to try and how are you learning it?