Which Asian language should I pick to be proficient in?

If an Australian IT professional were to become proficient in one Asian language, which one should it be and why?  Is Mandarin the obvious answer, or are there benefits to learning Hindi, Arabic... ?

Phil Joel

Phil Joel, Director at SavvySME

I don't believe one has to be proficient in an Asian language to be successful in IT. It obviously helps if you can communicate with the rest of the IT team in their preferred languages. In fact, we built this website using people from all over the world and I am certain we don't speak all their languages :-) But if I were to pick a language that would come in handy for IT, I would say Hindi followed by Mandarin.