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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I am a college student and was wondering for those who are in the business world that deal with more world companies.... is it better to learn a second language. I was talking to a guy at work, who is pretty reputable at the company and said it's always good to show that you know another language. There were reasons, some i agreed on and some not. But was wondering what language to take?? German? Russian? Polish? Spanish?( A lot of people speak Spanish so... prolly not that one) I know the hot one out there is Japanees and there is no f*cking way i am taking that!
The more you know the higher you'll get and be more of a necessity to your company, espically one that deals with other world companies. Doesn't hurt you only makes you gain more.
So which one is the one that gets dealt with the most?? Anyone know ???


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I think it might matter what you are looking to get into. Certain fields deal with certain countries. I was actually going to say Chinese or perhaps a middle eastern language (Arabic?)
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I am majoring in Marketing Communications with an AS in Graphic Design...

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I'd say Chinese, German or French... Either one of them won't hurt.
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Chinese, German, Spanish. While it seems that everybody knows Spanish, it could come down to you or another person, and language would be a plus. A lot of global companies are based in Germany, and everybody is doing business with China.

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ANY 2nd laungage is valuble...olot of companies still hire spanish/english people...

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Just make sure your resume doesn't read something like "I am fluent in Swedish, semi fluent in spanish, and very fluent in English."

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I am majoring in Marketing Communications with an AS in Graphic Design...
hell yea...

ok..so Chinese / madarin for the asian countries, german/spanish which covers most of europe and all of latin america..and english..everyone else who is somewhat important already knows that..so you're fine.

But spanish is a big one

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I would go with an eastern European language since by the time you graduate they will be becoming players in a global economy.

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+1 very true man Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe is going to be really rockin in a couple years

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Just my thoughts, take it fwiw:

English is the international business language.
Spanish and French are the most spoken in many countries.
German just pisses off anyone except the Germans (especially in Europe)
Chinese is where the primary economies will be in 20 years or so.
Japanese has gone way down in usefulness in the last 15 years.
Arabic languages had value 10 years ago, once again, they are declining quickly for business.


The broadest one IMHO is French, closely followed by Spanish for business value.
The largest target market is of course, without a doubt, Chinese.
Russian is also another large market, but used very little in business.

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Learning one Latin based language, makes other latin based languages very very easy to learn. Do Spanish...then Italian and French on your own using language cds. IMHO the Slavic languages are a biatch to learn, unless your naturally gifted. Jay was teaching himself Manadrin on our 11 day rockies trip. He has been working in China for the last month....but he has a natural gift for languages. Being fluent in one other language always looks good on any resume.

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Learn Mandarin. Speaking that language and knowing Chinese customs will make you so marketable.

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I noticed that a lot of people are suggesting Chinese, although this might be a good idea it might fall within this statement: "I know the hot one out there is Japanese and there is no f*cking way i am taking that! "
As far as learning a language in general goes, you only have a year and a half before you graduate so that might be pushing it if you want to master foreign language skills (verbal/written).
Chances are that if you are in a situation where you need to communicate in a foreign language a translator will be available but knowing foreign customs (especially from the far east) might be a better value than trying to cram a new language in a year and a half.

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you need to know spanish, i would take spanish and french.

i speak english, and spanish, and know enough dirty words in 3 others languages



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