Learning a new language can be a great asset not only for your travels and your career, but also for your mental health. Studies featured on the Telegraph notes that being multilingual makes you smarter, helps you multi-task better, and even ups your chances of fighting off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia when you grow older.

The Ethnologue, which is one of the premiere sources on data regarding languages, has recently released a list of 23 of the most spoken tongues in the world, which was recently shared by Global Polyglots. So if you're looking to pick up a new skill or aiming to work abroad someday, you can start with the top five, namely are Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Hindi.

Here are local places where you can learn them:

1. Chinese

Chinese is spoken in 37 countries by 1.284 billion first-language speakers. It’s considered a very intricate language, with two big branches being Mandarin and Cantonese. Mandarin is considered to be the national language of China and Taiwan, but Cantonese is also widely used in the province of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Where to study: Dash Cultural and Educational Institute (Mandarin)

Average course fee: available upon inquiry

Location/s and Contact Details:

Rodriguez Branch

U-501G Culmat Building, 1270-1330 E. Rodriguez Ave. cor. 12th St., Brgy. Mariana, New Manila, QC

Tel. (02) 416-1291, (02) 7065073, 0977-801-4579

San Juan Branch

#284 M.A. Reyes St., Little Baguio, San Juan City, Metro Manila

Tel: (02) 470-9588, 0927-414-8811

Email: sanjuan@dashchinese.com.ph

Where to study: Berlitz (Cantonese)

Average course fee: given upon inquiry

Location/s and Contact Details:

Makati Branch

2F Peninsula Court Building 8735 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Philippines 1266

Tel: (02) 813-2231

Email: cco-mk@berlitzph.com

Shaw Branch

L501-L505 5F Shangri-La Plaza EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong City, Philippines 1550

Tel: (02) 638-9116

Email: cco-sh@berlitzph.com

2. Spanish

Spanish is spoken in 31 countries and by 437 million first-language speakers, and is probably one that Filipinas can easily learn due to its very strong influence on our own native language. Spanish is prevalent in (of course) Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, the United States, and many more, so if you’re planning to go on a tour of the West, you may want to learn a few useful sentences.

Where to study: Instituto Cervantes de Manila

Average course fee: from P4,900 to P5,300

Location/s and contact details:

Ayala Tower I, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue, Makati

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Tel.: (02) 526-1482

Fax.: (02) 526-1449

Email: cenmni@cervantes.es

3. English

English is spoken in 106 countries by 372 million first-language speakers, and yes, if you’re reading this, then you can definitely speak in English. Still, there will always be room for improvement, so if you’re thinking of sharpening your speaking and writing skills, feel free to enroll in a proficiency class or two!

Where to study: The American Institute for English Proficiency

Average course fee:

For call center applicants – from P5000 (one month unlimited) to P20,000 (one year unlimited)

For regular students (group classes) – from P4,495 (20 hours) to P9,995 (100 hours)

For regular students (private classes) – from P8,000 (10 hours) to P60,000 (100 hours)

Location/s and contact details:

Makati Branch

Suite 2G, Valuepoint Executive Building, 227 Salcedo Street, Makati

Tel: (02) 893-1566

Email: inquiry@aiepro.org

Quezon City Branch

3rd Floor E&R Building, 131 Timog Avenue, QC

Tel: (02) 358-7297

Email: inquiry@aiepro.org

4. Arabic

Arabic is spoken in 57 countries by 295 million first-language speakers. Those planning to work in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Quatar, and the like will benefit much from learning to speak at least the basics of this language.

Where to study: Asian Center for Foreign Languages

Average course fee: available upon request

Location/s and contact details:

2502-B West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (Tektite Tower) Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Tel. (632) 6877-342

5. Hindi

Hindi is the national language of India and is mainly spoken in only 5 countries, but has 260 million first-language speakers. While there are only a few Hindi classes in the country (mostly are by private tutors), there are many international institutions that offer online classes that can suit your needs.

Where to study: Hindi Guri

Average course fee: available upon request

Email: hindiguru@gmail.com

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