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Six Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

Apr 17, 2008
When I was a boy it was always fun to try to communicate in code with my friends. We never thought of learning a language to do this. We just wanted to be able to talk to each other and not have anybody else know what we were saying.

Now that I am older I can see advantages to learning to communicate in different languages. Think of some of the jobs you could have if you could speak a second language proficiently. Yes, it takes time, effort and discipline but think of the adventures. You could accomplish this goal is 3 to 6 months time.

Here are six different employment opportunities that could be yours if you took this idea seriously.

1. Travel Guide ... Think of it ... travel the world. See places you have never seen. It could be tropical isles with palm trees and beaches. You could be staying in beautiful hotels or traveling on big cruise ships. Pick the language you want to learn and purchase a good language course like Pimsleur or one of the other top rated courses on the market and in a short time it could all be yours.
2. Representative for Foreign Companies - The United States is one of the largest markets in the world and there are numerous companies that would like to be represented here but don't have the language skills. So each of these companies need someone to represent their company here and help them do business. Learn Spanish and get on the internet and contact companies in Spain or any of the Latin American countries and find someone to represent.
3. If you like humanitarian work, there are many International Non-Profit Organizations that could use your help to tap into the resources here in the United States. Think of the good you could be doing. But you will need to learn a new language to communicate. Think of Swahili in Africa or Tagalog in the Philippines. These are places you could be going to very soon if you just take a small amount of time each day to learn a new language.
4. Be an interpreter for a foreign embassy in Paris, France. Learn French and see Paris, Canes or go to the French Riviera. It may take you a little time to learn French well enough but it also would take you quite a bit of time if you had to make the money and purchase your own fare there.
5. If you like business be an Import/Export sales representative and spend your time securing goods to export to foreign firms or importing goods for companies here. All you have to do is speak well enough to communicate with the firms wanting this service. They are out there just waiting for someone like you to come along.
6. Major Hotels/Resorts are always looking for bilingual people to help them in their Hotels/Resorts. You could be living in a world class resort if that is your choice.

These are only a few ideas for you to think about. If you are tired of your life or what you are doing think about learning a new language course and changing what you are doing. Do something exciting. Some of the top rated language courses are Pimsleur Method, Linguaphone and Rosetta Stone. Pick a language. Pick a course. And find a new job.
About the Author
Jim Ada has been working in the language industry for over 15 years and has had years of international business experience. He has seen firsthand the need of learning a new language. Take your language learning to a whole new level. Find the language course that is right for you at www.SpeakALanguage.com. Visit our website to hear a free Pimsleur lesson.
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