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Chinese. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. And yes, probably Mandarin, since Mao decreed all Chinese would standardize on it (which was only mildly successful, but whatever.)


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I learned Mandarin, I have used it in many places I didnt expect to, because there are Chinese people everywhere. I have used it in Australia (lots of Chinese students), Vanuatu (with shop keepers and restaurants), Hong Kong (reading only, good for menus and signs), Svalbard (lot of chinese tourists). But.. using it in China it really pays off, it is a ...


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Hindi along with English is mostly spoken in the South Asian countries mainly in most parts of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan and especially in all tourism areas in these countries. While English is understood by most of the locals in these countries speaking in Hindi can be helpful to you as you would sound like a native even ...


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In all of my travels in Asia, the only places where I found speaking English wasn't as convenient as speaking the local language, or almost so, were Japan and China. Everywhere else, comprehensible English speakers were thick on the ground. If you go to some country so small the welcome-to signs are printed on both sides -- say, Laos or Bhutan -- ...


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I'm pretty sure your best option would be Malay. It's an official language of Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, and mutually intelligible with Indonesian, which is a designated "working language" in East Timor as well. So that's five countries right there, all easily reached from Australia, quite distinct and full of tourist attractions. Malay/Indonesian is ...


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If by Oceania you mean Pacific Islands outside Meganesia, add French to your list. All of French Polynesia, plus New Caledonia, speak French. Vanuatu has many English speakers, but most I met also spoke French or told me their French was better than their English. Also the native languages through Melanesia and Polynesia are very similar. Learn some Maori in ...



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