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More than just one language – Multilingualism in Business. The Next Generation is Getting ready.

No culture can survive, if it attempts to be exclusive. By Mahatma Gandhi.

Language is a crucial part when it comes to culture. Especially nowadays as the world is becoming interdependent in terms of economy and partially in politics. People move with their families where jobs are offered and as Sachin Rambhau Kukale, an Indian business blogger, depicts in his blog post on indiastudychannel.com it is in fact communication that connects people and is one of the most important goods in the human world.

Exceeding our horizons – learn a foreign language.

What is interesting for us as business students is the extend to which the knowledge of foreign languages can affect our career or offer us bright prospects for our futures. The answer for this question I am going to research during the next weeks.

Foreign languages – benefits and advantages for our careers.

Kulake identifies several advantages of exceeding our horizons when learning foreign languages. One of the most significant aspects of multi-lingual people is the increased logical reasoning capacity and an better overall understanding in comparison to mono-lingual people. In addition he mentions the globalized labour market in which companies rely on multi-linguists when expanding their business operations.

The next generation is getting ready for it.

As you can see in this video little children as Lili are already brought up learning more than one (or two) languages. Stefanie describes in her blog post “Advantages of Multilingualism!” on Lexiophiles which is a blog that only deals with matters around languages. As she depicts. there are already many families that are bringing up their children bi- or even trilingual and that up to the age of seven children can start and easily deal with new languages.

What does that mean for us? This obviously signifies that there are in fact more and more people being able to communicate in more that one or two languages. The Internationalization process of companies has become a common strategy.

Isn’t that imposing a huge pressure in terms of learning foreign languages?

Business students are usually in command of three or more languages: English, Spanish and more and more learn Chinese.

But why do business people have to adapt to new languages if there are overall and universal languages such as English?

When keeping a business sustainable

addressing consumers in their native languages is the idea

l approach as it is presented in Sustainablity World wide in the post “Why learning a foreign language is good for you“. Learning foreign languages is according to the blog post an advantageous aspect in the area of sustainability. The most influencing languages

at the moment are Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Portuguese and even French when considering its

importance in Africa.

Until now these were only a few aspects why languages become so i

mportant nowadays and what impact they can have on our future careers. These definitely have to be analyzed more precisely and brought into context.

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3 thoughts on “More than just one language – Multilingualism in Business. The Next Generation is Getting ready.

  1. Hi Viki!
    What a great choice of topic! I am actually really envious that you thought to write about languages, which we’re obviously all interested in.
    It was also an engaging read, and I think it fits our instructions perfectly: you didn’t just write about your own opinion, you explored and based your knowledge on what you found. The video was also a nice touch.
    There are many people who say exactly the opposite topic-wise: that some day the whole world will only use one language, e.g. English, and that even now, languages are dying out.
    Maybe you will prove them wrong!

  2. My dearest Viki,
    We’ve talked about it once and you very well know that I am the most jealous person that you’ve been grown up bilingually and haven’t.

    Regarding business across cultures, there might one more enrichment when learning a foreign language because some words just CAN’T be translated (called semantics) or other cases where one word has several or different meanings in other languages.

    Of course it is very nice to know a language but I think to understand the people also, it is necessary to travel to the country itself and maybe even live there for a while. Of course language is the first step to overcome cultural communication barriers, but gestures are worth a lot as well. Maybe see this article to see what I mean 🙂 (http://blog.goethe.de/nahaufnahme/archives/134-Wenn-Inder-mit-dem-Kopf-nicken.html)

    Love this post and the choice of topic
    Yours, Pia

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