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Top 10 Foreign Languages To Learn In India [Updated]

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Earlier, learning a foreign language was like any other hobby that people would love to flaunt in their CV. However, with the boom in globalization, the career prospects for foreign languages in India have increased immensely.

Nowadays, foreign languages are considered as a full-fledged career rather than a sideline career.

The leading job prospects for foreign language learners are as Teachers or Professors, Translators or Interpreters, Consultants, Diplomats, etc.

Besides, even if you are not looking for a full-fledged career in Foreign languages in India, you can consider it if, you are interested in studying or working abroad.

Now the question is, which foreign language to learn India?

The main foreign languages to learn in India are Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic and Korean.

All of them have some similarities and differences. Languages like German, French, and Spanish are similar to English and easier to learn for people having good command over English. Whereas others like Chinese, Japanese and Korean come from an entirely different language root.

However, before choosing the language that you are going to learn, you should know which countries speak these languages. Reading about the culture and history of these countries will help you get an idea as to which culture and language fascinates you the most.

The main languages, that you can learn and add to your CV to have that edge over others are mentioned hereunder:

  1. Learn Chinese Language

Chinese Language

As per the CIA World Fact Book report, Chinese is spoken by 20.70% people in the world.

Even then, it is not among the top 3 most popular languages in India, because it comes from an entirely different language root and is complicated to learn.

However, if we talk about its career prospects, the increasing presence of China in the global economy will open avenues for Chinese speakers in the world. Besides, India will need more Chinese speakers to attract tourists from China in the coming years.

Most of the Indian students do not prefer Chinese to Spanish, German and French because of its complicated nature; this can be a positive thing for many, who do not want to be a part of any competition.

Some of the best places to learn Chinese in Delhi are:

Though Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn, if you get through it, you will end up making fairly decent money.

  1. Learn Spanish Language

Master Spanish Language

Spanish is another most widely spoken language after Chinese. It is the official language of over 20 countries in the world. It is also the official language of international organizations like Organization of American States, European Union and United Nations.

The most luring thing about Spanish is that it has the easiest syntax and grammar, and its vocabulary is quite similar to English.

India’s growing relationship with Spanish-speaking countries like Latin America, Argentina, Colombia, etc. is one reason behind the increasing demand for Spanish in India.

Spanish is, in fact, one of the hottest languages in India. The career prospects for Spanish as teachers, translators, diplomats etc. are growing and are immense.

Some of the best places to learn Spanish in Delhi are:

  1. Learn Russian Language

Practice Russian Language

Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. As per an announcement in 2013, Russian was found to be the second most-used language on the Internet after English.

Russian is spoken in over 26 countries in the world.

The greatest scope for Russian in India is in Travel and Tourism. Goa and Kerala are the main destinations for Russian tourists. India will need more Russian workforce in the coming years to attract tourists from Russian-speaking countries.

Besides, after learning Russian, you can provide coaching classes to students or adults who are heading to Russia for study, travel or work purpose.

Some of the best places to learn Russian in Delhi are:

  1. Learn Japanese Language

Master Japanese Language

The craze for Japanese among Indians started in the early 21st century.

The first place to start Japanese language education in India was Pune. The first Japanese language teachers came to Pune in the 1970s; the University of Pune established a Japanese language course in 1977.

The increasing trade between Japan and India is the reason behind the increased scope of Japanese in India.

Over 200 Japanese companies have started operating in India in past few years. These companies need a large number of interpreters and translators as Japanese are reluctant to speak English or any other language.

Like Chinese, Japanese also comes from an entirely different language root, so, is harder to learn.

The CBSE has recently announced, that it is planning to introduce the Japanese language as a part of curriculum in Indian secondary schools. This action by CBSE will lead to a huge demand for Japanese teachers in India.

Some of the best places to study Japanese in Delhi are:

You’ll also like: Top Foreign Language Institutes In Delhi

  1. Learn German Language

Learn German Language In India

About 1.8% of the world’s population speaks German. German is the most popular Foreign language among Indians besides Spanish and French.

It has a more complex syntax than Spanish but easier than French, Chinese and Japanese. German grammar is quite similar to that of English.

German is quite famous among Indian students who are planning to study abroad because Germany offers cheaper education as compared to other European countries.

If we talk about its future prospects, a lot of Private schools in Indian cities have introduced German as a compulsory subject at primary and secondary level. It is quite evident that the demand for German teachers in India is going to rise considerably in the near future.

Some of the best places to study German language in India are:

  1. Learn French Language

Master French Language

French is the official language of many international organizations such as UN, WTO, NATO, ISO, ISA, Interpol, FIFA and a lot more. Also, French is the official language of over 40 countries.

Other than that it is the most frequently used language on the internet and the most famous among Indians. French is simpler to learn for Indians because of the fact that 50% of English words have their origin in French.

Some of the best places to learn French in Delhi are:

  1. Learn Korean Language

Practice Korean Language

Korean is a language that is gradually gaining popularity among Indians because of increasing participation of Korean companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai etc. in Indian economy. Like Japanese and Chinese, Korean too is a difficult language to learn. However, Korean shares a similar Grammar structure with Japanese, so, if you are planning to learn Japanese or Korean, you can consider learning the other subsequently.

Research says Korean is the most sought-after language after Japanese. The JNU was the first institute in South Asia to offer a diploma in Korean in 1974. In 1995, degree courses were also launched. In 1998, MA and PhD courses were put on the menu.

Some of the best places to learn Korean in Delhi are:

  1. Learn Italian Language

Learn Italian Language

Since past few years, India is not having a very cordial relationship with Italy. However, the scope for learning Italian is still there, as Italian companies like Fiat, Benetton, Lloyd, Marconi and Pinnacle etc. that have set up their business in India are looking for Italian speakers.

The best part about Italian is, it complements Spanish and French quite well. Spanish and Italian have almost 82% lexical similarities. So, if you want to learn more than one language at a time, Spanish and Italian could be a great option.

Some of the best places to study Italian in Delhi are:

  1. Learn The Portuguese Language

Master Portuguese Language

Portuguese is spoken by over 250 million people in the world. The number is certainly higher than the number of people speaking German, French, Japanese or Italian.

Portuguese is the official language of many international institutions including FIFA, European Union, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations etc.

To talk about its career prospects, many of the Multinational Companies in India like Accenture, IBM, Allegis Services India etc. are looking for Portuguese language experts.

Besides, the good thing about learning Portuguese is it shares lexical similarity with Spanish, not as much as Italian though.

Best place to learn Portuguese in Delhi is:

  1. Learn Arabic Language

Learn Arabic Language

Arabic is yet another language that is gradually gaining popularity, because of the presence of the mid-east countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia in the global economy. It is the official language of over 25 countries in the world.

Besides, if you already know Urdu you will find it easy to learn Arabic.

Some of the best places to learn Arabic in Delhi are:

Which Foreign Language Is In Demand In India (2017)?

It is not possible to suggest any one particular language. Because it depends on the purpose of the person learning the language.

However, here are a few languages that hold great importance in 2017 and beyond from the perspective of career opportunities:

Mandarin Chinese is the language that has the highest number of speakers, over one billion to be more precise. With its increasing presence in the global economy, it has and will open many career avenues for youngsters.


Source: British Council

Spanish happens to be the second most widely spoken language and holds great significance for those willing to pursue higher education or career in countries like Latin America, Spain, and USA.

The number of German speakers is quite less as compared to Spanish and Mandarin. However, Germany is the largest economy in the European Union. Besides, due to a reasonable cost of education, a lot of Indians head to Germany every year.

Many Indians enjoy an edge here, German and Spanish are among the easiest languages to learn for those possessing knowledge of English. Also, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are among the languages being taught in many of Indian schools.

Japan is the third largest economy in the world and its trade relations with India are flourishing continuously.


Source: Economic Times

It is quite certain that the job opportunities for Japanese speakers are going to rise immensely in the future. Besides, as Japanese is considered as a tough language not many people opt for it. So, the people who do not want to be a part of a severe competition can leverage from learning Japanese.

Arabic is among the most prominent languages of the Middle East. And due to an increasing presence of middle eastern countries in the world economy, it is one of the hottest languages to learn. Also, as Indians are continuously looking up to middle east to find jobs, the language’s importance is immense for Indians.


All I can assure you of is that you will never regret learning a new language. You will be able to have experiences that a monoglot can never have. Be it your career or personality, you will always have that edge over others.

I hope this information helps. Take a wise decision, Good Luck!!

11 thoughts on “Top 10 Foreign Languages To Learn In India [Updated]

  1. Hello, I am a student of Arabic at JNU and want to take another language as optional. I am thinking of German/French,Can you say which language would be better with Arabic in future?

  2. Hello, I’m a student studying science in 12th but I also have an interest in learning other languages. I have a special interest in Korean and Spanish. I wanted to know that how can I pursue my interest after my school.

  3. In the Japanese section, there might be a mistake of the word 200 Japanese countries. It should be 200 Japanese companies.

  4. I’ve done BA English. Which foreign language would benefit me. I know a little of Urdu but instead of Arabic I would like to learn French or German.
    I’d like to know about the duration and fee for the courses. Also suggest me a good institute or college for the course.
    what are the career options after learning such language.
    it’d be a great help sir/mam.

  5. Tabish raza
    If you want to persue any sort of foreign language you can enrol yourself in topmost universities of the country
    Like :

    • Jawaharlal Nehru university (JNU)

    • Pune University

    • max muller bhavan

    • SIFIL ( symbiosis institute of foreign and Indian languages )

    These are the best universities which offers diploma , bachelor’s , and certificate courses in above languages

    Fee structure :
    The fee structure for these foreign languages are very less or cost you INR 950 approx in JNU for bachelors and for masters it costs INR 750 approx

    Other institutes band universities charge decent fees for their respective courses which is affordable .

    Duration of the course :

    The course duration for bachelor is 3 years and diploma an certificate courses can be up to 6-7 months to 1 year.

    I hope you got tge answer of your question 🙂

    Good wishes

  6. I’ve done BA Programme. Which foreign language would benefit me.I’d like to know about the duration and fee for the courses. Also suggest me a good institute or college for the course.
    what are the career options after learning such language.
    it’d be a great help sir/mam.

  7. Sir / Ma’am,
    I have done my bachelor’s degree in business administration (B.B.A) but now i am more interested in learning korean and japanese language, and want take language translator as my proffesion. Can you please suggest me in which colleges korean/ japanese are taught after graduation ?

  8. Sir/Mam I am pursuing my B.C.A from M.P.S college Muzaffarpur Bihar.But after bca I want to learning foreign language like Japanese or gave job type of foreign language..So you please suggest me which language is good for me nd what the fees nd terms and conditions..Thanku..

  9. Learning a foreign language gives you an edge above the rest. It gives you exposure and lets you explore the other side of your life with that language and the opportunities it brings along. According to me, German is the language which can be really fruitful to learn. India or Europe, it brings you closer to huge opportunities at both places. Education and career can be shaped with this language. Germany has free education model in the public universities. Rcare (01147940068) offers you classes for this particular language and counsels for education in Eurasia. So, you can call them and get guidelines on both the things.

  10. Sir / Ma’am,
    I have done my french A1 course from toppersmind institute and they also provide other foreign languages courses as well

  11. Dear Mr Khan,
    You should go ahead and better your proficiency in French Language, this would help you in your professional life in significant way.
    Learning one foreign language is enough to get a good job in India provided you have a good command over Writing and Speaking skills.
    best of luck

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