02 March 2021

Focus on… Learning a Language in 2021 and Beyond

Every month this year, we will be turning our focus towards one of the core languages we love to teach – looking at the language’s potential for business, considering a few facts and figures to put its global prospects in context, plus sharing some tips to help you get started. By the end of the year, you will be able to explore all 12 languages – and if you are still undecided, learning one of these languages might become a 2022 goal!

As we publish each article month by month, we will add a link here so that you can access the information within moments. Look out for our latest monthly update around the beginning of each month.

These are the languages we plan to focus on this year.

January: Mandarin Chinese


China is home to more than 1.4 billion people, and Mandarin Chinese is the second most spoken language in the world after English – in fact, around 1 in 6 people in the world speak Mandarin Chinese! To find out more about this increasingly significant language for business, click the link below.

Read: Focus on… Learning Mandarin for Business

February: Spanish

Over 660 million people around the world speak Spanish in countries from Spain itself to Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Ecuador. It is truly transatlantic! To find out more about learning this far-reaching European language, you can read more at the link below.

Read: Focus on… Learning Spanish for Business

March: English

English is the global lingua franca – meaning with English, you have the best chance of being understood in the most places around the world. With this degree of connectivity, it makes sense for any business to invest in developing the English language skills of their employees in the UK and around the world. To find out more, check out the article below.

Read: Focus on… Learning English for Business

Coming soon:

  • April: German
  • May: Hindi
  • June: Japanese
  • July: French
  • August: Portuguese
  • September: Arabic
  • October: Dutch
  • November: Italian
  • December: Russian


Of course, you may already know exactly which language you would like to learn next – though some of these articles may inspire your next language-learning adventure. Some languages complement each other well too – for example, starting from French or Spanish could lead you naturally to picking up Italian or Portuguese in quick time.

If you would like to find out more about learning a new language, contact us today. We can work with you to develop a bespoke language-learning plan for you and your business, as well as provide cross-cultural training to help you connect with your global colleagues, whether virtually or in person.

All our courses can be taught live online.

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