My prediction of a trend in the (not-so?) distant future was going to be related to technology, but I felt that this was obvious. Technology has been advancing for decades already, and it isn’t going to stop any time soon.
Instead, my prediction is about language and communication. I believe that what we can expect in the coming years is a huge rise in people learning a new language as stronger connections between nations continue to form.
Statistically, English and Mandarin are currently the most widely-spoken languages in the world, mostly due to population count. This is unlikely to change much, but the rising of other languages on the list is not totally out of the question. As further advancements are made across the world, we’ll see more people striving to connect with them and the people behind them through a desire to understand one another.
You could argue that this IS about technology, after all. Well you’re right, you clever little biscuit. In a lot of ways, it is.
Japan has been at the forefront of the world’s advances in technology for years, and with this and a steady rise in fascination with Japanese culture, the number of people taking Japanese as a second language can only go up!
Ideally, this would also bring about a greater understanding of the world and those who live in it as a whole, rather than the large divides that exist now. But I believe the road to that point will take baby steps.