Need A Job? Learn A Foreign Language; Become Bilingual

The world can be yours......
The world can be yours......

Open doors to a new world

Bonjour! (French)

Buenos dias! (Spanish)

Ni hao! (Chinese Mandarin)

Salam alaikum! (Arabic)

Namaste! (Hindi)

The world has become one big melting pot! We are so diverse and multicultural; it can be a little overwhelming. There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world. Yes, it’s true. Six thousand languages!

Luckily we don’t need to know 6,000 languages to speak to each other; however, it is becoming increasingly necessary to know more than just English. There’s literally thousands of language learning material out there to buy (Maybe millions). You just need to know your learning style.

There are so many jobs open and unfilled because people are skilled to do the job, but not bilingual…or they are bilingual, but not skilled to do the job. Do you know how many secretarial jobs I lost out on because I didn’t know French or Spanish or Japanese? Yes, it’s true, not only can you sound really cool by speaking another language, but you can get paid more money doing what you already do. Wanna see more?

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics you can make lots and lots of moolah in these fields if you are bilingual:

Interpreters/Translators - $22,170 - $79,865

Teachers (K-12) - $30,970 - $80,970

Teachers (Special Education) - $33,770 - $82,000

Also, the FBI is always looking for bilingual people. They train people to learn second languages with the Pimsleur Method. The Pimsleur Method is basically a way to learn a new language in 10 days by listening to some audio tapes. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Can you imagine me going to Mexico and speaking Spanish after 10 days? How cool it that?

Another good one is RosettaStone. Although it is a little more expensive than the Pimsleur Method, it offers audio and visual that you can download directly to your computer or have the cd mailed to you. It’s actually pretty good. I was using it to learn Arabic a few years ago and it’s amazing how you can read an Arabic word after just a few lessons.

There are some free websites online where you can translate words or sentences, but they don’t really help you learn the tone or dialect of the foreign language. LiveMocha is free and will hook you up with people who actually speak the language you are trying to learn so you can practice.

Bottom line is this.…we all should know at least 2 languages. When I was younger, my dream was to become a doctor. I told my mom that I was gonna learn French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and sign language (I was pretty aspiring,huh?) so I could communicate with my patients. Well, the doctor thing didn’t pan out, but I did take French for two years, used RosettaStone to learn some Arabic and am starting Spanish with the Pimsleur method. Hey, you gotta look at all avenues in these economic times. Not just here in the U.S. but everywhere worldwide! Now go out there and learn a second language!


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

It is almost imperative to be not only bilingual but multilingual, especially in Chinese, Hindi, and other Asian languages because that is where the major businesses will be. The Asian countries such as India, China, and South Korea are slowly becoming economic megapowers.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I speak English, Foul and Gibberish. I now wish I could speak Spanish and maybe German.... I took French in grade school.... to bad they did not make it fun. All I can say in French now is "répéter en anglais - s'il vous plaît"


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Parents who give their children the opportunity to learn multiple languages at a young age give them a marvelous gift. They learn far more than new languages, and they are prepared for the future in several ways.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks vox vocis for commenting! I am sure that everyone learns differently and at different paces, so to each his own! I learn things fast especially when it came to foreign languages, so I could probably become very conversational in a language merely because I have such a drive to learn and would immerse myself in books in that language or searching for media where I could sit and watch and listen! Thanks again!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks vox vocis for commenting! I am sure that everyone learns differently and at different paces, so to each his own! I learn things fast especially when it came to foreign languages, so I could probably become very conversational in a language merely because I have such a drive to learn and would immerse myself in books in that language or searching for media where I could sit and watch and listen! Thanks again!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks vox vocis for commenting! I am sure that everyone learns differently and at different paces, so to each his own! I learn things fast especially when it came to foreign languages, so I could probably become very conversational in a language merely because I have such a drive to learn and would immerse myself in books in that language or searching for media where I could sit and watch and listen! Thanks again!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks vox vocis for commenting! I am sure that everyone learns differently and at different paces, so to each his own! I learn things fast especially when it came to foreign languages, so I could probably become very conversational in a language merely because I have such a drive to learn and would immerse myself in books in that language or searching for media where I could sit and watch and listen! Thanks again!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks vox vocis for commenting! I am sure that everyone learns differently and at different paces, so to each his own! I learn things fast especially when it came to foreign languages, so I could probably become very conversational in a language merely because I have such a drive to learn and would immerse myself in books in that language or searching for media where I could sit and watch and listen! Thanks again!


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vox vocis 5 years ago

There's no such thing as learning a language in 10 days (it's just bla, bla), but you can pick up some expressions and vocabulary to communicate with people (for example in a post office, hotel reception, doctor's office, supermarket, airport, etc). There are people who say "I can speak a language" and yet, they know only the basic vocabulary which can be used in situations mentioned before. I speak 5 languages (I studied linguistics) and I know how hard it is to actually learn a language to be able to engage yourself deeper into a conversation.

In Europe, everyboday speaks 2-3 languages (because of the lingual diversity) except for the British and French. Making money in this branch is just as difficult in Europe, as in any other, because you always have competition.

Nevertheless, I'd recommend everybody to learn a second language because one can benefit from this kind of knowledge in a lot of ways. Although it's true that kids pick up a foreign language faster than adults (I taught all levels - beginning with kids aged 3 to adults), but adult people who make up their mind to learn a language are pretty successful, too (like my parents, for example :)) They tend to have a stronger accent, but who cares? It's still a great thing they learned something, right?


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Raise your hands! Actually I have learned spanish and is great to know a second language or a third. My next goal is take this Francais course by the horns!Voila! VOTED UP

Mon ami! Gracias!

LORD


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

Thanks Rooskaya for commenting! Yes, pretty soon everyone will be asking each other, "How many languages do you speak?"


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia

Thanks for sharing. Translation is one of my preferred work fields. Keep up your good work. Voted up.


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viking305 5 years ago from Ireland

Yes you are correct about having an advantage when going for a job if you have at least 2 languages. I too learnt French in school. I can read it and write it a little but not speak it. I have heard Rosseta Stone is very good for teaching new languages though.


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poetryman6969 5 years ago

A cool way to make money. If you are willing to travel, they still want English teachers in China.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A great hub and so true. On-line in the UK, employers are always looking for people who can speak at least one other language. Starting to re-learn French is on my high priority list.

Excellent hub with great information!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Children pick up a foreign language easier than adults.But that should not deter us.As long as we are motivated and persevere.The thing is to practice on a daily basis while making it an enjoyable experience.:)


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Important advice. Besides English, I speak Spanish and 2 relatively useless (but interesting) languages. We want to send our child(ren) to a bilingual Mandarin/English school so they learn this important language early. I tried to learn Mandarin a few years ago and my brain, I think, is too fossilized to wrap my head around tones and the heavy rote memorization that's required.


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rikabothra 5 years ago

I love learning new languages and your hub has given me more reasons to do so! voted up!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona Author

I know...foreign language is required now to graduate from high school. It won't be long before the "norm" will be that everyone speaks 2 languages. How cool would that be?


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catspirit 5 years ago

It seems that most job opportunities "prefer" a bilingual candidate; whether you want to learn a new language or not. Nice Hub

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