Hi Ralph, Spanish certainly if you are in the states. Just off the top of my head I believe the non-white population will overtake the white population in the US in 2050 or thereabouts. This demographic shift is due largely to the large influx of Latinos from south of their Rio Grande and of course the lower birthrates that whites typically have. Since most of South America with the notable exception of Brazil, speaks Spanish, you can bet that Spanish is going to be a major language in any metropolitan area where there are a large number of Hispanics.
We are all going to be dealing with the Chinese more and more in the future, so it would be prudent, if you were going to learn a language, to skip French and go for Mandarin.
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