Guess what the most-spoken language is projected to be by 2050, then see the answer after the jump.FRENCH!
This is because the population is French-speaking Africa is booming, while China–with its one-child policy–is facing a big population drop-off.
From French: Lingua franca:
The language beloved by Parisian poets, Russian aristocrats and pretentious grad students is set to reclaim its title when it becomes theworld’s most commonly spoken language by the year 2050, according to a study by Natixis, an investment bank.
French is currently ranked sixth among world languages, after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic. But it is gaining speakers quickly and, the study reports, will be spoken by 750 million in 2050, up from 220 million today.