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At a glance: These are Europe's most popular learning languages

Europe is a diverse continent, both culturally and linguistically. Dozens of language families have been spawned here throughout history. And Europe's languages ​​are popular. All over the world and in Europe itself, people learn European languages, be it for professional or private reasons. So we first asked ourselves: which language is the most popular in Europe, which language is most learned and where? To find out, we have each other 43 countries and looked at our user data.

English is the most popular language among Europeans. That should come as no surprise, as English is ubiquitous as one of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world. Most of us already learn it in school and encounter the English language outside of the teaching facilities or the professional context on television, radio, in films and series. After English, Spanish, French and Italian follow on the list of the most widely studied languages ​​in Europe.

The country where languages ​​are learned most diligently is Germany. In a European comparison come across here Online language courses to the greatest interest. Germans pride themselves on language skills and enjoy the benefits of speaking another language internationally, such as for global communication, travel, and business. Germany is regarded as an economic power and the preference for languages ​​is further driven by international business successes.

Berlin is the language learning capital of Germany

Anyone who has already been to Germany or lives here knows that not all German is the same. As in many other European countries, the regional linguistic diversity is great and there are many dialects. In addition, most people in Germany are multilingual and, more importantly, they enjoy learning languages. The rich cultural heritage as a result of the migration movements after the Second World War contributed to this. This is particularly evident in cities like Hamburg and Berlinin which multilingualism is practically lived and celebrated. This is also confirmed by the data we have at Babbel: Berlin and Hamburg top the list of cities where languages ​​are popular.

Berlin ranks first among the German cities where the most diligent languages ​​are learned. More than a third of the language learners take an English course (33,8 %). Spanish follows (17,2 %) and French (10,9 %) in the list of the most popular learning languages. This choice of languages ​​also reflects the picture with a view of Germany as a whole: English, Spanish and French are the most popular learning languages ​​in Germany's cities.

Studying with motivation: How many lessons can you have?

And what about Babbel itself? Against the background of language learning behavior in Europe and Germany, we looked at that of Babbel users. The result: Babbel users in Germany spend most of their time learning Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch.

Why do people in Europe learn languages?

Studies, a new job, the next city trip - The Motivations for a language course are as diverse as Europe itself, mostly of a personal nature and individually different. Nevertheless, there is a predominant motivation among language learners in every European country. In addition, current events and developments in the world play an important role. The following overview shows the most common reasons for learning a new language.

The main reason Germans learn a new language is currently traveling. This year, in view of the corona pandemic, the cancellation of vacation trips to distant, as yet unknown places or to the favorite vacation destination, this can be explained by an increased wanderlust. Because the Babbel user data usually shows the preference and general interest in new languages ​​as the most common motivation.

methodology Data set from June 29, 2020 based on more than 1 million active Babbel Premium users in 43 European countries.

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