Entries in Languages (2)


Is Facebook Preparing a 'Translate' Button?

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It appears it may soon become easier for Facebook users to maintain an international circle of friends. reports that the popular social networking site is testing a "Translate" button which would instantly convert other users' comments to another's preferred language.

As of now, only a few languages including Spanish, French, Hebrew and Chinese are being supported.

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Top Three Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes Spanish

Noel Hendrickson/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What are the top three most useful languages for business after English? Surprisingly, Spanish didn’t make the cut despite being the official language of 20 countries and spoken by over 329 million people, according to Bloomberg Rankings.

Not surprisingly, Mandarin Chinese is the most useful language for business after English, spoken by 845 million people in the world’s second-largest economy, China.

French (no. 2) and Arabic (no. 3) follow, with Spanish ranking fourth.  Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Korean, and Turkish followed.

To create the list, Bloomberg Rankings identified the 25 languages with the greatest number of native speakers, then narrowed the list to the 11 official languages of G20 countries, excluding those that designated English.

French is spoken by 68 million people worldwide and is the official language of 27 nations. Arabic, which is spoken by 221 million people, is the official language in 23 nations, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg notes their list differs from a report of the top foreign languages studied in U.S. colleges from the Modern Language Association, published in December 2010.

Spanish topped that list with 864,986 enrollments, dwarfing French, which followed next with 216,419 (no. 2). Then there was German (no. 3), American Sign Language (no. 4), Italian (no. 5), Japanese (no. 6), Chinese (no. 7), Arabic (no. 8), Latin (no. 9) and Russian (no. 10).

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