Britain is a country which has long struggled to keep up with the ever changing demands for bilingual and multilingual workers. The UK’s numbers are staggering: around 75% of adults in Great Britain are unable to communicate in a language other than English, despite the consistent growth of a multicultural society. And these frightening statistics are bad news when it comes to finding a job in Great Britain because not only are employers more likely to seek out bilingual employees, they are also willing…
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Japan is a fantastic country to live in. Not only are there a lot of great places to visit in the Land of the Rising Sun, but it also boasts an efficient society, high standard of living, low crime rates, and friendly people. These great reasons may not be enough to convince you just yet, so before you make that big decision to head to this island nation, check out these 5 things you should know before moving to Japan: 1. Cleanliness…
With so many great job options out there for bilinguals, you may be considering learning more than just one more language. After all, if bilinguals have it so great, multilinguals must have it better! But is there a point where piling too many language on your plate is equal to insanity? Some teachers and language learners swear by the two-year method which forces a student to focus on a single language for a period of two years. However, if your short-term goals…
Learning a foreign language is tough, but a definite must in today’s world where multilingualism is becoming a highly valued asset in the workplace. Most of the time, saying you are proficient in a language on your resume isn’t enough, employers will want to check your skills in the real world which could mean having to do a job interview in a foreign language. But don’t get intimidated just yet: having a chat with your future boss in a second language need…
Learning a new language can be both a huge commitment and a fun experience, and language learners are constantly finding new and better ways to improve how quickly and efficiently they acquire knowledge. Studies have shown that hand gestures and images are great additions to language learning as is the use of movies, books, and music to improve vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. But, if you really want to get down to the basics of what can help you improve the most, perhaps…
Having a job in diplomacy used to be synonymous with knowing at least one other language, if not more. In recent years, however, reports have shown that the U.K. has been curbing spending in international services and one of the fields highly affected is that of language learning. You might be thinking that knowing a foreign tongue may not be very necessary for diplomats whose native language is English, after all, isn’t English the universal language of business and politics? Hold that…
The translating world has been abuzz lately with the revelation of Google’s newest app, which can translate any foreign language phrase in real-time via the camera on your phone. Many people are predicting this to be the end of translating as a human profession, yet that could not be farther from the truth. If anything, the internet’s foray into translating only underscores how irreplaceable the human touch in translation really is. Photo by Asset Language Management In fact, trusting your international relations to…
When the concept of global currency arises in most circles, people tend to think first of monetary currency. However, one of the most important values on the global stage, whether it is related to business, politics, and culture, is that of language currency. Image via PhotoPin For decades now, English has held sway as THE world language of trade, commerce, business, and even politics. But in recent years China has propelled itself forward as a major power, making Mandarin a heavyweight contender…
These days, knowing a foreign language is a must in order to keep up with our globalized world.
One of the common beliefs that plague many adult language learners is that it is impossible to become fluent in a language once you are past a certain age. While studies have shown that the younger an individual is when learning a foreign tongue the better, this doesn’t necessarily mean that conquering a new language as an adult is impractical. In fact, believe it or not, it is very possible for your grown-up self to become completely fluent in any language of…