Experts Predict Business Leaders Must Learn a Second Language to Compete Globally

Modern research suggests that English is no longer the primary language of the web, and with the Internet becoming one of the world’s strongest commercial markets this will have a knock-on effect for businesses.  The languages provider and translation and interpreting agency All Languages is encouraging business leaders to consider a second language as a tool that may soon be as essential to companies as a website.

All Languages expects second language acquisition to top the list of business essentials within two years as commerce becomes a more inclusive global affair than ever before.  The Internet has made consumerism fast and easy regardless of location, meaning any company owning a website can generate sales all over the world.  But with the UK’s number of second language speakers falling, the nation’s business leaders may soon find they have to take matters into their own hands if they want to do business in the global marketplace.

Although English is primarily known as the world’s de facto business language, there are many other languages across the world that are spoken by a larger proportion of people. Mandarin (Chinese), Hindi (Indian) and Spanish all have more native speakers than English, so they would be top choices to learn from a business perspective.  Many corporations prefer to do business in their mother tongue which means UK business leaders will need to take the initiative and learn a second language if they don’t want to be pushed aside by multilingual European counterparts.

All Languages, whicho are based in London, provide an abundance of services for companies wishing to learn one or more foreign languages.  Their specialised corporate language training is invaluable to businesses, whether they are hired to teach just one employee or a workforce of hundreds.  For over 30 years, they have successfully trained thousands of employees from a variety of sectors in the language of the company’s choice.    

Lorna Nelson, Managing Director of All Languages, says “British businesses are at a great disadvantage compared with their international counterparts and competitors as many individuals from other countries are multilingual.  Speaking a second or third language builds capability and makes it possible to market and sell across borders”.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is becoming for business leaders to communicate effectively in languages other than English.  Our tailored corporate training programmes are ideal for managers and business units who want to expand globally and are prepared to go the extra mile for international clients.  Whether you choose intensive group training for the entire company or 1-2-1 tuition for senior Managers, with All Languages you can expect the best results in minimal time.”

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All Languages provides high-quality language tuition services, translation, interpreting and transcription. As one of the UK’s leading language services providers, it delivers excellent results and innovative solutions coupled with excellent customer service.