In this article we outline how learning a new language can boost your career prospects, what you should consider before choosing what language(s) to learn AND suggest where you can learn new languages for FREE.
1. How learning a new language can boost your career prospects
Language skills are highly respected by employers and can be required at all levels in the workforce. Even a basic understanding of another language can help you find employment. The ability to understand another language can help to set you apart from other applicants and improve your chances of being offered a job. In addition, the ability to understand another language can help you to build relationships and networks that could boost your career prospects. In a global world being able to communicate in another language can be extremely useful.
2. What you should consider before choosing what language to learn
There are several things you should consider before choosing what language(s) to learn. Obviously if you are looking to learn a new language to boost your career prospects you will need to research what language(s) will be useful in your chosen career or industry. For example, if you are interested in working for a French company then learning French might help you to secure employment, better understand the culture of the company and increase the number of opportunities available to you. You should also consider which countries are growing and may need representation in Zambia. China is expected to be the largest economy in the world by 2016, which means that there will be an increasing need for a general understanding of Chinese languages and culture. Other languages that may provide useful are Indian (Hindi, Bengali, Gujrati etc), Russian, Spanish, Portugese and Arabic.
You also need what method(s) of learning will help you to learn and will meet the needs of your lifestyle. Computer and mobile based learning solutions such as those listed below are a good solution for learning whenever and wherever you go. They are also a great way to try learning a new language in your own time and at no cost. Many find that they then like to go on to learn the language face-to-face, including in the country where the language is spoken.
3. How you can learn a new language for FREE
It has never been easier to learn a new language. With developments in technology there are lots of interactive resources available to help you.
Duolingo is the world’s most popular way to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based and is backed by Google. It offers offer 59 different language courses across 23 languages and gives users the ability to practice online at duolingo.com or via the app!
YouTube is a hugely popular video sharing website – in fact it is the 2nd the most popular websites in the whole world! Just visit YouTube and search for the language you would like to learn and you will be able to view lots and lots and lots of language classes.
iTunes is a hugely popular media player. Visit iTunes and you will find hundreds of different language courses many of which are available at no cost. Learn a new language at your own pace, wherever you want and whenever you want.
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