Which language to learn

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Which language to learn is a choice that language learners make.

Their first decision is whether to learn a language. Assuming they do, they will usually consider:

  • The prestige of the language
  • The utility of the language.
  • The availability of learning opportunities. e.g. are there language schools nearby?

Finally, often schoolkids are told which language to learn by authority (see which language to teach), and so don't really get a choice at all.

English may or may not be the student's final choice, though it often is, based on high prestige and high utility.