English is universally accepted as the most important language for children to learn – but Mandarin is catching up, according to new research.
U.K. market research firm YouGov polled more than 25,000 adults across 23 countries on which language was the most important to learn in 2019. Participants were able to select up to four responses.
The study showed that English was overwhelmingly seen as the most vital language for children today, with every country polled putting it ahead of Mandarin.
On average, 31% of those polled – excluding people in China – believed speaking Mandarin was an important asset for today's children.