Language is not simply just a means to an end; it is more than simply just ordering your lunch whether it be on your lunch break from work or on holiday. Language is identity and culture, is has true depth. But with a vast majority of the world tapping into the digitalisation era, languages seem to have been forgotten along the way in many aspects.
Technological infrastructure now dominates our working and private lives and therefore has given a high percentage of the population across the idea that technology can replace interpersonal communication in various languages. Why? Because language technology advances mean it will be possible for people to communicate with each other and do business with each other, even if they don’t speak the same language.
This can lead language learning into dangerous territories causing languages and more specifically minority languages under threat especially as English has been reinforced once again as the lingua franca. A number of these language technologies rely on imprecise statistical approaches that do not make use of deeper linguistic methods, rules and knowledge. Sentences are automatically translated by comparing a new sentence against thousands of sentences previously translated by humans.  Thus leaving minority languages in a danger zone as they have traditionally relied on informal use to survive.
However, nothing can replace the beauty of communication between two people for whatever reason (business related or personal), once a language is perfected by a human. Although inventions over the years are wise, such as Google translate, they can never replace the elegance of real life communication. So don’t allow technology to get to your head, realise you potential and learn a language to help you, your future and your career!
The 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year starts on Friday 31st January. The day marks the end of the year of the water snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.
Those that were born in the year of the horse are said to have both strengths and weaknesses according to the Chinese. Some of their great strengths include having ingenious communicating techniques as love to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, and earthy. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure. All of the above are some great characteristics to have.
What will the year of the horse bring?
For those born on the year of the horse, they will encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian). It is believed they will offend Taisui, the god in charge of fortune, so their finances may fluctuate. In terms of career, it is advised to keep the peace between colleagues.
For those not born on a horse year, the year ahead will bring health and prosperity. It is said to be an excellent time to travel, as the next 12 months will bring good luck. You are advised to mingle with the locals, savour authentic cuisine and discover somewhere you have never been before.
Just in case you missed our Christmas wishes, all of us here at Euro London hope you enjoyed the holiday season and joined us by eating and drinking way too much. Yes, we’re paying for it now, but still can’t help but want a sugar rush in the office.
But it’s back to business. So we’re half way through the first full week back at work since a wonderful Christmas and New Years break and we’re starting the New Year with determination. Determination to get fit and healthy, determined to take up a new and interesting hobby, determined to spend more time with the family, the list goes on and on. However here at Euro London are determined to help you make this year the perfect year by helping you find the right job, tailored just for you. We have a number of exciting opportunities coming up this year for budding linguists looking to find a job to utilise their love of language as well as their career prospects all into one.
We’re here in the office Monday-Friday from 8.30am until 6pm, in order to fulfil our determination and help you. So remember to keep in touch with us and keep a regular check on our website for jobs as they can be updated daily.
We look forward to working with new and old candidates and clients in the year 2014, let’s hope it’s one to remember!
We recently featured in an article in the Guardian discussing how learning a new language can really boost your career and that it is never too late to learn. To see the article and our comments in full click here. But here’s a summary of the piece:
- Speaking to people in their own language for business purposes will yield results; people are far more likely to speak freely and openly if you are speaking in their own language
- In jobs in sales, marketing or technical support, languages can really open doors. In fact it is estimated that having an additional language on your CV can add between 10% to 15% to your salary.
- For those looking to boost a career, and in particular the graduates that are currently facing a tough time getting work, learning a language is very beneficial.
- Most countries may speak English, and whilst some business may very well be completed in English to accommodate parties from across the globe, if you are seen to know a language and demonstrate this it can help to retain business. It is form of courtesy to show someone you can and are willing to speak to them in the native language.
- Cultural knowledge is just as important as being able to speak another language. If you know the way of life of the country you are doing business in or with it will really prove beneficial.
- The five most useful languages to learn currently are as follows: French, Spanish, Swedish, German and Russian.
What’s your experience? Can you relate with the points in this article or are you thinking about learning a language to boost your career? Let us know!