TED Conversations

ping la

Student-Finance Major,

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

How many languages should we learn in bussiness? which one we must have to learn?

In Asia every students are forced to learn english.But I think that's not really inspire for us .If you really insteresting for any languages you will study it by yourself instead of forcing.
Every teachers,parents,bosses told us that we have to speak as more as different languages but in this world have too much languages.
Beside english which language is the most people speaking?
And second?

+3
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Dec 2 2013: While English is certainly the most preferred language of the business world, there’s no need to be arrogant about it. Business students can’t just be good students anymore — we live in an age where a successful businessperson must also be worldly to be a success. Learning a foreign language can be difficult, but ultimately supremely beneficial to a student’s credentials. And using Google Translate won’t do; you’ve got to know the ins and outs of an idiomatic language in order to really make your point. If you can do business in several languages, especially with written communication, there’s a host of jobs open to you that wouldn’t normally be on your radar. And that’s not all. Studies show that bilingual folks have better brain function. The limits of your world are the limits of your language, and it’s long past time to make your world as large as it actually is. Learn one of these seven relevant languages for business, and you’ll be one giant step closer to a truly global career.
    • Dec 3 2013: As a teacher of foreign languages, I've been telling my students that which language you learn is not as important and why you should learn one. Yes, studies do show that there are different connections made in the brain as a result of acquiring a new language. My students (college students) are amazed at the differences in how people see the world. Why would we not want to open our minds? Being aware that the people you interact with in business might not agree with you because of cultural differences is important. Knowing that there are differences in cultures should prompt a good business person to investigate before they offend.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.