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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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Need Extra Cash? Here's How to Choose a New Side Hustle
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Whether your weekday 9-to-5 paycheck doesn’t cover your monthly expenses or you’re simply saving up for a big ticket item like a European vacation, there’s likely a second job out there that’s tailor-made for you, as evidenced by the diagram below. Published by financial resource blog Quid Corner—a property of British online lenders QuickQuid—and spotted by Entrepreneur, the flow chart can help you choose a side hustle that fits a variety of interests, lifestyles, and schedules.

More than 44 million Americans—the majority of which are Millennials—have a side hustle, according to a recent survey by consumer financial services company Bankrate. Some need extra cash to help pay for living expenses, while others are seeking personal fulfillment, a new skill set, or an expanded resume.

To avoid turning a side hustle into a side grind, opt for something that's personally enjoyable, or easy on time and effort. A few examples include freelancing; using hobbies like crafting or web design to launch a solo business; and using apps and websites to rent your car, home, and clothes to needy strangers. (Just remember to steer clear of any potential pitfalls by carefully managing your time, taxes, and money.)

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This Handy Chart Shows Which Cooking Methods to Use With Different Ingredients
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Shopping for food at the grocery store is the easy part of making dinner—figuring out how to turn your haul into a meal you’ll actually want to eat is where things get tough.

After choosing the ingredients to star in your dish, next you need to decide how to prepare them. Flipping meat and vegetables in a pan a few times and calling it a day may be your go-to strategy, but it’s not the only way. There’s a whole list of cooking methods out there that can help elevate your food from amateur home cooking to gourmet cuisine. If that sounds overwhelming, this chart compiled by Fairmont San Francisco can make things easier for you.

The infographic below includes all sorts of chef jargon, like blanch, confit, and sous vide, but it's laid out in such a way that even beginners can understand. The color-coded key indicates the effects each preparation produces and the pictures show which ingredients they should be paired with. Braising, for example, makes food tender, and it’s a perfect match for tough cuts of beef and lamb. Searing, on the other hand, makes food crisp and works best with tender meat, fish, and shellfish.

If you still feel lost, the actual definitions of each cooking method along with the required tools are provided below the chart. Check out our list of essential cooking techniques for a deeper look at how to execute some of these tricks at home.

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