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The Most Common Second Languages Spoken Around the World

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According to some estimates, at least half of the world is bilingual, and among some populations, that number is significantly higher—95 percent of Latvians speak more than one language, for instance.

And that second language likely varies with geography. Americans living near the Mexican border are more likely to learn Spanish as a second language than someone in Latvia, where people are much more likely to find themselves in Russia than in Spain.

The international moving company Movehub mapped out the most common languages people learn in addition to their native tongue, and you might be surprised by how common certain languages are regionally. The data is sourced from the CIA’s world fact book, and some places aren’t included (Colombia and Myanmar, for instance).

As you might have gathered, English is a very popular second language. In fact, it’s the most popular second language in 55 countries. French (coincidentally, one of the easiest languages to learn) comes in second, but only 14 countries have it as their most common second language, which is a far cry from 55.

Peruse some of the other languages commonly studied as a second language in the infographic:

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10 Ways to Tame a Cluttered Email Inbox
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A full inbox is the office headache that keeps on giving, but tackling a backlog of digital clutter involves more than simply hitting the Delete button on repeat. The infographic below—which was created by online personal loan provider NetCredit and spotted by Entrepreneur—provides practical tips for taming the email beast. Once you’ve hit the elusive “inbox zero,” try adopting their suggested maintenance strategy, which involves establishing a daily inbox-checking routine that prioritizes sanity over unread messages.

An infographic by online personal loan provier NetCredit, detailing how to improve email productivity
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Chart the Complex Web of Betrayals in HBO's Game of Thrones  
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It takes more than just a mighty army to seize the Iron Throne: To become King or Queen of Westeros, the most powerful weapon a character has at their disposal is cold-blooded betrayal.

Spotted by Nerdist, the below infographic by Venngage charts every single act of treachery that occurs between characters in the first six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Not surprisingly, the most nefarious figure is Cersei—but as you’ll notice, even fan favorites like Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen aren’t immune to dirty play.

Follow the complicated web of betrayal below, or visit Venngage’s site for a close-up, interactive look at all the backstabbing.

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