Know the languages that, apart from English, help the most in the business world.
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Bill Gates long ago asserted that one of his biggest regrets was just being able to speak English . A slightly strange regret for a millionaire businessman, founder of one of the largest companies in the world.
In contrast, young entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg have proven to understand the pulse of the modern marketplace by learning to fluently speak languages like Mandarin. The founder of Facebook showed that communication is the key to developing business relationships in different markets.
Speaking English is no longer a luxury and for a long time it is a skill that all people should have, be they entrepreneurs or not. However, what other languages are worth knowing?
Here are seven languages other than English that the entrepreneur who wants to expand his business around the world should consider learning.
If you are reading these lines, it means that you already speak it. Its importance to the world is that some Latin American countries are proving to be a great field of growth for startups. Countries like Mexico and Colombia are very rich developing economies. Nor should we forget Spain and, of course, the growing and powerful Hispanic community in the United States.
That is why having a good command of this language, even if it is your mother tongue. It never hurts to take diction and writing courses to hone skills and prevent something like a misspelling from embarrassing you.
It is the fourth most translated language in the world. This is not due to Portugal, but to Brazil, a market that despite the slowdown it has suffered in recent years, continues to be predominant. Its growing population, natural resources and technological community makes learning Portuguese necessary to grow in America.
There are a dozen languages and dialects in China, but Mandarin is the most widely spoken. In fact, 1.1 billion people use it to communicate. It is the language with the most speakers on the planet. Great excuse to learn it.
The Franco-Mexican relationship is at its best after the state visits that have taken place in the last year. There is a great interest from France to participate in Mexican markets, particularly in the aerospace industry, so it is essential to know it.
“It is the second most taught language on the planet. It is not only important to develop in the French market, it is also used in other European and North African countries. You have to remember that 50% of the words in English have their origin in French, ”said Marie José Leduc, deputy director general of the French Alliance of Mexico .
In addition, being a Romance language, it shares many similarities with Spanish, which facilitates its learning. Do not miss this language that can open the doors of various European markets.
This giant has a strong information technology industry. Not only that, their language is spoken in several countries that were part of the Soviet Union (about 300 million people). There is no better way to gain the trust of the local businessmen than to speak to them in their language. Also, you could read Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in their original version.
Hundreds of millions of people speak this language, which is the fifth most used in the world. It is a large market that does not yet have language versions of services like Amazon or Alibaba, which means it has great potential for digital businesses. It is an excellent opportunity to have a luxury transcontinental business.
It is one of the most important languages in the business world as it is the language of the most stable economy on the planet. In addition, its market is home to great technological innovations.
Learning another language may seem like a luxury and a great investment of time and energy, but speaking any of these languages, even in a rudimentary way, can lead your business to successes you never dreamed of.
(With information from Martha Elena Violante)