It is commonly understood that the ability to proficiently read and speak more than one language brings many significant advantages. In terms of employment, travel, business and communication, command of at least one language (other than your native language) brings attractive personal and professional benefits.
Making the decision to learn a language is important but then follows an even more critical decision – which languages are the best to know in this day and age? Here we take a look at four languages that are well worth knowing.
Of all the possible languages, no language presents more advantages than English. There are many different English courses available that equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and experiences that are necessary to make significant advances in their personal and professional lives. If you have decided to learn English, do your research and select a course that is offered by a credible, reputable and well-established training provider.
English is widely spoken throughout the world and is most often the language in which business exchanges occur and the language through which international communications are facilitated. The majority of academic publications and research findings are provided in English and knowledge and skill with English is beneficial and infinitely useful in many different industries and employment contexts.
The English language is also unofficially recognised as the ‘international language of travellers’. While people from all corners of the globe travel, knowledge of and the ability to speak English creates extensive opportunities for interaction and communication that would be more difficult without command of the English language.
With the ever-increasing prominence and global importance of China in terms of economics, industry and finance, knowing and understanding Chinese can be tremendously advantageous. The Chinese population is of course extensive and the fact that even more people in the world are able to communicate in Chinese, strengthens the importance and significance of this language.
Depending on your linguistic background, Chinese can be quite a difficult language to learn. However, trends show that fluent speakers of Chinese are able to enter and enjoy interesting professional positions in government, business, economics and many other contexts.
The Korean language is growing as a language of choice for people wishing to study to become proficient in an additional language.
The fact that the Korean language is one of the less difficult Asian languages to learn is a significant factor in its increasing popularity. The alphabet used for this language is comparatively simple and the ability to read the language does not necessitate learning and knowing thousands of symbols.
Throughout the world, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages. In many countries, including the United States, knowing Spanish is incredibly beneficial as this country is home to the world’s fifth largest population of Spanish speakers.
Knowing an additional language brings many advantages for an individual. Of course, the ability to read and speak more than one language can bring professional benefits but personal gains can also be realised. The study of a language can be rigorous and at times challenging, but the benefits that stand to be gained are well worth the time and discipline.