When it comes to learning a new language, it’s a long road fraught with difficulties. However, it’s something that’s worth doing. This is mostly due to the cultural enrichment and broadened horizons, both in terms of travel and business, and for personal enjoyment. As a student, learning a new language will open up a whole new world for you, literally. It’s better to learn one now whilst your brain still has that extra element of neuroplasticity, and before gaining any experience in your chosen field; you don’t want to be missing out on sleep at the end of the day even after you’ve finished college. If you have the time and commitment we all wish we had, putting in some effort for language studies will practically guarantee you a job at the firm of your choice. But which languages are the best to learn in terms of opening business doors?
It’s debatable what exactly is the easiest foreign language to learn, but French is often shoehorned into this role. French is one of the the most common language on all continents, and has a huge role in the history of them. French is considered a beautiful language and rightly so; we think of it in terms of art, food, wine, and fashion. It’s a good choice if you want to move into any of these sectors, not only to communicate with the majority of people in them, but to enrich the cultural statements of your creations as well. If you so choose, you can go on to higher education opportunities like masters and doctorates at some of the most prestigious colleges in Europe if you decide to open up that door by learning French.
Mark Twain once described the German language as ‘perplexing,’ but there’s plenty of good reasons for learning it. German is a language on the rise, especially in terms of finance. With Germany at the forefront of stable economies in Europe in the modern era, so many new deals are springing up based on their ability to trade. German is also an easy language to get the hang of, as soon as you know how to make the hard sounds. If English is your first language, speaking German as well isn’t far from what you’re used to. The two languages share a common root, so many of the sounds won’t require too much of a roll of the tongue. German is also considered an intelligent language, with the most Nobel prizes in the world going to German inventors and scientists.
Over a billion people in the world speak Chinese, with roughly 14% of chinese speakers knowing Mandarin. Therefore it’s the most common dialect, and so learning it will make conversing in China easier and more likely to be successful. China is also the fastest growing trade nation in the world, so businesses are always looking for someone who’s taken the initiative to branch out and be a reliable asset for their ability to widen parameters. Mandarin is also spoken in many other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
China also has the biggest population in the world, so if you know how to speak Mandarin your relationship avenues increase by a tenfold.
Spanish is the second most common language in the world. It’s one of the most common languages in the Americas alone, and is a better multi-generational tool than English with rates of Spanish language speakers increasing by 60% in the last decade. This is only set to grow from here. Is it easy to learn though? Spanish is generally considered an easy language as it has more consistency to it than French or English, and has a latin root alongside them. Learning Spanish will give you a better chance of using it in daily conversation if you live in the US compared to the other languages on this list, and being able to use simple sentences and basic grammar to communicate effectively will feel like an amazing victory for your academic journey.
As a student, we have little time on our hands and a lot of responsibilities to cover. But learning a language might just be the best decision you ever make in your academic career. Not only is it exciting and sophisticated, but it’s such as practical and down to earth business move, and is available to everyone. You’ll be able to see out of your own cultural corner, and be a part of the educated future.
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