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In today’s world no distance is too long to travel and no information too difficult to find. This contraction has exposed us to a rich potpourri of cultures, languages, and ideas in such a way that reaching out beyond one’s borders has never been easier. This conflation of cultures can be seen in many aspects of daily life be it cuisine, fashion, music, design and even film. In a scenario where people are increasingly realizing how interconnected they are as global citizens, a foreign language can indeed be a valuable asset. There are several benefits to learning a foreign language, both as a part time activity as well as a full time profession. Here are five reasons why you should pursue them:
Which language to learn and where to learn it?
Among the European languages French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian are good options. Japanese has immense translation potential and pays extremely well although the language can be very difficult to learn. French and German have been popular options because of established language training institutes like the Alliance Française and the Max Mueller Bhavan which are accessibly located in several cities. The El Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi offers Spanish courses and has tie-ups with other institutes like the Institute of Foreign Language and Culture (IFLAC) in Bangalore, the Rama Krishna Mission in Kolkata and the Inaword Centre for Languages in Chennai as well as the Ranade Institute in Pune.
Before choosing a language remember to keep in mind factors such as the availability of the language institution, language opportunities in your city or neighborhood, and the level of proficiency you want to achieve in the time that you can invest. Some institutes follow proficiency levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (CEFR) which range from the basic (A1, A2), tp intermediate (B1, B2), and advanced (C1, C2).
For Japanese, there are several institutions offering language courses. Abk Aots Dosakai, Mombusho Scholars Association of India and the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry are some of the well known organizations. The Russian Centre of Science & Culture conducts year long classes in Russian and has its own levels of proficiency and examination.
The Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi offers a wide range of courses as well as online sessions. The Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai also conducts language courses for those who are interested. For more information on each language check out the following links:
Italian: http://www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it/IIC_Newdelhi; http://www.consmumbai.esteri.it/Consolato_Mumbai
Japanese: http://www.abkaotschennai.com/; http://www.mosai.org.in/portal/; http://www.ijcci.com/lang.html
Jobs are available for foreign language students:
There is a host of possibilities in the field of foreign languages. You can opt to be a freelance translator or work in private enterprises as a language professional mediating between the company and its foreign clients. There are many opportunities for translation and interpretation in MNCs working round the clock with partners abroad. Also, for translation you would require an excellent command over the language as well as a working knowledge of the required field, be it technical, medical or business translation. You can also work in the field of teaching at language institutes or be part of language workshops at cultural events and festivals. Foreign languages have immense potential in tourism especially if you like to travel and meet new people but for these jobs you must have achieved a high level of proficiency.
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