Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Why Businesspeople Should Learn a New Language

“We’ll start with cognitive benefits. It seems as if the scientific community keeps building the case that bilinguals experience brain-strengthening benefits compared to monolingual cohorts. If you want to stay sharp throughout your career, including staving off the effects of dementia, learning a language is a great strategy.

The list talks a lot about culture. The cultural competency gained through learning a language is just as valuable to a career as the language skills themselves. Understanding the people and places you are targeting is a great way to make a positive impression on clients, coworkers, and other colleagues.

Then there are the practical benefits to a career. Bilingualism is one of the most sought-after skills in the marketplace. As the world becomes even more interconnected, companies and organizations are looking for people who can help bridge whatever gaps may exist.

Conversely, learning a new language gives the learner a new insight into English. The process of learning the grammar and vocabulary of another language bolsters those same skills in the native language.

Read more @ http://www.rosettastone.com/blog/why-businesspeople-should-learn-a-new-language/

Languages do matter!

 

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