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Career Advice

Speaking a Foreign Language Boosts Employment Opportunities


Date Posted: Feb 25, 2014

We all know that the Philippines is generally a bilingual country, as most (if not all) people residing here have a good grasp of their native language and a foreign language, that is, English.

Sure thing that knowing how to speak English is an asset when it comes to seeking job employment in the Philippines. But it can't be discounted that at this day and age, knowing English is just not enough; given that a lot of the job vacancies offered today, here and abroad require a knowledge of another foreign language.

How do you learn a foreign language? Where do you start?

  1. Enroll in a foreign language school. There are foreign language schools that offer intensive elementary to intermediate and advanced lessons about language. They are almost everywhere now. Enrolling in a foreign language school may take a bit of your time as the classes may occur everyday or at least once a week, but it will sure help you get familiar and get the basics of a foreign language you are interested with. Local universities also have electives and special courses for such.

  1. Check for language lessons offered by foreign embassies, consulates and foundations. Japan's Embassy in the Philippines has their Nihongo Learning Foundation where intensive lessons for reading, writing and speaking Japanese are offered. Training centers, such as the Jong Phil Language Center, Inc. (for Korean Language) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Institute, or TESDA (for basic Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic languages) also provide short language courses.

  2.  Speak with natives. Do you know people who can speak the foreign language that you want to learn? That can be an advantage. Try to converse with them through your native tongue and ask them to help you out to learn theirs.

  3. Read, watch, listen. Because of globalization, it is inevitable that foreign media products, such as TV series, cartoons, books and music come in our country and are introduced to us, making it a part of our daily lives, much more a part of our culture. The influx of these things may help you with learn the basics: vocabulary, intonation and basic sentence structure. This way, you get the chance to learn something new while being entertained at the same time.

 

  1. Learn online. If you do not have time to enroll or attend classes or on a tight budget, why not try learning the language at your own phase, at your own time? Languages audio and video lessons are available for viewing through Youtube. Websites dedicated to learn a specific language are also available in the Web.

     

Getting familiar and mastering a new language, especially a foreign one, may painstakingly take a portion of your time, but all endeavors to learn such will pay well in the future and may be useful to be able to land a job that requires such. It will also add up in the feathers on your cap and may let more job opportunities knock on your front door.

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