The political borders have slowly faded away, and people from all countries have become more connected to each other, unlike never before. We all now have the same chance to compete in the global market. And your geographical location no longer limits you from developing your enterprise. However, there is still a significant obstacle that you will face, which is language diversity. And not all languages are equal.
For example, if you are Latin American, you need to polish and standardize your English. You are going to need it the most, especially the ‘ingles para entrevista’, or English for interview. Now, here are three other reasons why you must enrich yourself with at least three or four languages that are not of your native tongue.
It Makes You Stand Out
The professional world is all about competition, and although mastering foreign languages is one of the factors, not many people have the time for it. Now that you are thinking of it, have you noticed that most of your colleagues spend their time after work to pamper themselves? It is widespread for workers these days to be very demanding, especially in developed countries where the narratives of employee welfare are often exaggerated. Dump that YOLO (You Only Live Once) mentality, and allocate your free time to learn Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, or Russian.
New Languages Mean New Networks
Networking is the core of all professions. If you know just the right people for a specific professional goal, it will definitely speed everything up and help you to get your target sooner. Besides, your employer will think of you as an exceptional employee, if you can connect them with new partners to expand their business. And what can bring you closer to that level other than foreign language proficiency?
Learn your target language for specific uses such as for business and formal contexts. You don’t have to spend your time learning slangs or dialects. As long as your proficiency is understandable enough to the natives of your target language, then it will suffice.
It Opens Your Minds to Insights
Like it or not, your cognitive abilities are strongly affected by the language you speak. Let’s say you encounter a problem X, and you Google the information related to it. If you only speak one language, then your sources are limited to it. But if you know more than one, you can devour all the reports on X from different tongues and make a synthesis out of them. In the professional world, if you have access to various sources from different languages, you will be a strong decision-maker.