Invest in your business career by learning one of these five foreign languages for business.
Whether you’ve started a new job, you have your eyes on a promotion or you have been given an opportunity to travel abroad, you’ll want to improve your business language skills as quickly as possible.
Provided you use the right materials and focus your efforts, your language skills should help you succeed in your chosen role, move quickly up the career ladder and boost your income.
Although fluency in a language requires time, dedication and support, you can improve your business language skills and reach your goals faster if you learn strategically. Here are six powerful ways you can do just that.
1. Get a study routine
The first step you need to take when learning a foreign language is putting a solid language learning routine into place. By doing so, you’ll be less likely to skip your study sessions because you’ve run out of time and more likely to stay motivated and focused on your language learning goals.
Simply find a regular time when you can expose yourself to the language and stick to it, even if you don’t have much time to spare. You’d be surprised at how much you can achieve by being consistent. Spending just 15 minutes with Mondly’s daily lessons, listening to your favourite business English podcast or reading the business news can make a huge difference over the long term.
2. Immerse yourself in your new language
When many people learn a foreign language, they believe they need to spend many hours poring over textbooks as they did in school or learning long lists of vocabulary. Not only is this boring but it doesn’t work.
If you want to naturally (and somewhat effortlessly) absorb your new language, you need to be immersed in that language. That doesn’t necessarily mean moving abroad though- you can create your own immersion environment that helps you tick all the boxes and achieve fluency faster.
To do so, simply find any opportunity you can to expose yourself to the language. This could mean buying newspapers in the language you’re studying and reading the business section.
Or watching TV shows or listening to podcasts in your target language, especially business, financial or political shows. Not only will you learn faster, but you’ll also be having fun.
3. Use technology
Thanks to innovative technology such as mobile apps, VR language learning technology and games, it’s easier than ever to learn your new language without having to use dry and boring textbooks.
According to the book, ‘Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher’ fun experiences like learning languages with apps increase the levels of a range of endorphins in the brain which facilitates the learning process.
Whether you’d prefer to stick with the innovative Mondly technologies, or you’d like to branch out into other tech tools, you’ll notice a big difference in your language learning.
4. Set language learning goals
As you have no doubt discovered in the business world, goals are a powerful way to ensure you achieve any intended outcome. The same is true when it comes to language learning- if you want to achieve fluency faster, you need to set yourself some goals. This is because;
- You’ll better identify what you want to achieve. By defining what success looks like to you, you can set about achieving it.
- You’ll stay focused. It’s easy to be distracted with all the language learning resources and can soon feel overwhelmed. Goals help you focus on what is important so you save time whilst achieving faster results.
- You’ll feel a bigger sense of achievement. When you can look back over the Mondly app and see just how many lessons you’ve completed, you’ll notice just how far you’ve come.
Setting a goal doesn’t have to be anything significant either. Why not aim to complete one language lesson on Mondly every day? Or study for a particular language exam to prove your achievement? Write it down, keep it in mind then go for it!
5. Use your new business language skills
Ever wondered how polyglots can achieve fluency in a few months yet others never manage to get beyond a beginner level, despite years spent in a classroom? The secret is simply getting lots of practice.
Those who achieve fluency in a language quickly are those who practice using their language as soon as they can. They grasp any opportunity to use their language skills, even if they are worried about making mistakes or looking stupid.
By forcing themselves through the awkward stage and being willing to try, they become more confident and develop their language skills faster.
They turn to reputable language learning schools such as Berlitz for face-to-face or online lessons to complement what they are learning on the Mondly app. By doing so, they practice what they are learning in the real world and achieve fluency faster.
However, most people struggle with this early awkward stage of communication. That’s one of the many reasons why we’ve invested heavily in the speech and communication features on the Mondly app. You can use it to practice your speaking skills at home without ever having to worry about making a fool of yourself and can be a stepping stone to further success.
6. Keep a language notebook
As you are learning your language with Mondly, listening to business podcasts or watching series on Netflix you might hear words or phrases that you want to use. Don’t let them slip through your fingers- write them down in a dedicated notebook or using an app on your phone.
Just by writing them down, you’re more likely to remember them without ever having to struggle with boring memorisation. Of course, if you can include their translation or the word in context and refer to them often, you’ll further accelerate your language learning and achieve fluency faster.
Mondly also uses spaced repetition that helps you cement those important words for those times when you need them the most.
Improve your business language skills faster with Mondly
Mondly provides an innovative blend of language learning technologies that help you improve your business language skills faster and climb the career ladder. With a range of features including our popular daily lesson, speech recognition, in-depth vocabulary suited for your business sector and much more.
Discover what Mondly can offer your team by contacting us today at firstname.lastname@example.org