“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
Hola, Bonjour, Konichiwa. Just then I’ve taught you to say hello in three different languages. The words we speak should not be a barrier and if we dared to make some effort, expanding our lexicons could actually bring us closer together. It could also be the key to your next business deal, job, promotion, or even land you Mr Right.
Whether it’s in your working, business or private life, black women must expand our networks and skill set in order to stay ahead in an world that is coming almost full circle as we head towards total globalisation.
Learning a new language is one of the most useful skills you can can leverage to propel yourself forward, here are five reasons why you should put your brain to work.
It will make you more attractive to prospective employees.
Speaking an additional language/s is becoming a rarer skill set not often seen on CV’s. It will put you miles ahead of your job hunting competitors, particularly in companies that have multi-global offices. Never be afraid to expand your horizons, a better life could be waiting for your on different shores.
With that in mind….
It may be your ticket to travel overseas.
Other than helping you land that fab new job overseas, depending on where you live, it could be a cheaper option to study abroad than in your home country. You’ll get by much easier if you can speak the native language of your new home away from home. It will also look very attractive you’re applying or an international scholarship/bursary.
Learning a new language also opens you up to a whole new dating and social pool. Don’t be afraid to flutter those lashes and flex all those new phrases you’ve learnt when you travel.
You can re-connect with your roots.
Having moved to the UK from Zambia when I was very young, I lost touch with my native language. This is typical of many second generation immigrant children who move to/were raised in English speaking nations. Learning to speak in your mother tongue is a good way of re-connecting with home and discovering more about where you came from.
It’s a great mental exercise.
The younger you learn a language, the easier it’s going to be. Your brain also picks up on things much faster when you’re young. You also have less external commitments, easier access to learning resources and free/subsidised classes. Not to worry though if you’re starting a little later, with enough commitment and regular practice, you can be speaking most languages almost fluently within a year with an additional year or two before you go native. Be under no illusions though that it is a commitment that will take daily study and practice. It can also be a great opportunity to socialise and meet new people if you’re taking group classes.
Business is global and so are the new rich.
Economies like China, Russia and some Middle Eastern nations have gone from emerging markets to the world new super-powers over the past two decades. You can bet then that the emerging markets of today will be the super powers of tomorrow. Keep up to date with the business news and see where all the biggest dealers are shaking and money making. Emerging markets where infrastructures are still developing are particularly ripe with opportunity.