In today’s world, the question is not, “Do you speak English?” but rather “Don’t you speak English?” Why so?
English is the de jure and/or de facto official language in more than 70 countries
it has around 400 million native speakers and 1.1. billion non-natives in the world
it represents more than 20% of the world’s GDP
52.6% of the Internet’ websites are in English
the best tertiary education in the world is in English
Let’s admit it: wherever you go in the world, be it the next-door country or an exotic one, you get by in English. It’s the language in which we understand each other. Get bilingual – in English!
Our dearest Europe has its absolutely special relationship with the German language, which appears to be to Europe what English is to the world. Why so?
it’s the language with the most native speakers in Europe, including in Austria & Switzerland
it represents 4.1% of the world’s GDP and the 4th biggest economy in the world
it ranks 5th among the most useful languages to learn recommended by famed Eton Institute
in the top 5 biggest direct investors in Romania, Austria is no. 2, Germany – no. 3
Germany offers the most scholarships for international students
Let’s admit it: it’s not easy to learn, but it is to be learnt when we set out to get top performances. German is the language in which things are done right. Get down to business – with German!
In Romania, “Paris”, “Sorbonne” and “Louvre” are just three French words which trigger immediate respect. French, overall, all the more so. Why is that?
it’s the language in which great Romanians were educated (Alecsandri, Enescu, Spiru Haret)
it’s no. 2 in the top most popular languages learned via Duolingo
it represents the 6th biggest economy in the world
it bridges Europe to Africa and its huge economic potential
in the top 10 biggest direct investors in Romania, France is no. 5
Let’s admit it: it challenges us, educates us, gives us a place in history; it sometimes surprises us, and sometimes refines us… French is the language in which we rediscover ourselves. Broaden your horizon – with French!
Wherever you are, at home or out there, you can’t help hearing phrase like “ningún problema”, “¡por Dios!”, “de corazón”, etc. Spanish seems to be everywhere around us. Why so?
it’s the 2nd language in the world, by the number of native speakers
it’s no. 1 in the top most useful languages to learn recommended by famed Eton Institute
it ranks 3rd in the top 10 most used languages on the Internet
it represents 6.5% (3rd place) of the world’s GDP
it bridges Europe to Central and South America and their extraordinary emerging markets
Let’s admit it: we’re all gifted for Spanish, which goes well with a sociable, caring nature. Spanish is the language in which we’re together. Bond with the world – with Spanish!
If the notion of living life without music saddens you, you have an insight into how dry inter-personal communication would be without the language of Dante, da Vinci, Pavarotti. Why so?
Italian is the language of arts, the opera and romance
it includes 200 gestures which are part of daily communication
it represents the 8th biggest economy of the world
Italy is the 3rd most culturally rich country
Italian is quasi-unanimously considered the most beautiful language on earth
Let’s admit it: whenever we say a word in Italian, gestures accompany words energetically, and that broad smile’s right on our face. Italian is the language in which we’re happy. Enjoy la bella vita – with Italian!
They say it’s a “minor”, difficult and little known language. Even so, many foreigners take to “the mysterious beauty” which is the Romanian language, and stay dedicated to it. Why so?
it’s spoken by up to 26 million natives in 20 countries, including the USA, Israel, Australia
70% of its vocabulary is similar to that of Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese
Romanian ranks 1st among the fastest-growing economies in Europe
12.7 million non-Romanian-speaking tourists visited Romania in 2017
more than 20 films in Romanian have won major awards (Cannes, Berlin) since 2004
Let’s admit it: it’s not easy to learn, but it facilitates access to the world’s Latin-origin vocabulary, and… that can be a pleasant surprise. Romanian is the language which opens up special avenues. Tap the potential – with Romanian!
It’s not an exotic or rare language, it’s an entirely different world in itself. Fine, accurate, polished, full of poetry but also of respectful discipline, Japanese is an eye-opener. Why so?
it ranks 8th in the top 10 most used languages on the Internet
it represents 4.3% (5th place) of the world’s GDP
it represents the 3rd biggest economy of the world
it has words which are totally new to Europeans (木漏れ日 Komorebi = “the sunlight filtered through the trees’ foliage”, 居留守 Irusu = “to not answer the door, pretending no one’s home”)
the avant-garde of robotics is located in Japan
Let’s admit it: there’s no smarter (and more demanding) challenge than learning Japanese. It’s the language in which we see the world in a new light. Dare for higher and farther – with Japanese!
Have you ever found yourself staring at the blank screen, hands frozen over the keyboard, unable to write a single word? If so, don’t panic. Evolutionary psychologists assure us that such writer’s blocks are natural. The human genome is equipped to speak, but not to write. Writing implies a continuous education process and permanent conscious effort. And when we write in another language, the effort is tenfold. And then again, when we write in order to seal an important deal, the effort is hundredfold.
Is speaking in public a frightening or stimulating prospect to the employees you delegate to deliver presentations about your company, attract new clients, persuade business partners, or simply provide clear and concise briefing to your team? Building up on the existing experience with presentations in Romanian, with intensive practice and real-life applications, your representatives will end up seeing presentations in English as motivating opportunities to score yet another victory for your company.
An image may be worth a thousand words, generally speaking, but in the world of finance the right word placed in the right context at the right time is often worth a priceless investment! And in today’s world of global finance it’s undoubtedly profitable to know that right word in English, too.
“How much of our workday do we spend in meetings?” “How many of the meetings we attend are efficient?” We all ask these questions all too often, irrespective of our professional field. A good meeting is one where the time spent talking results in clarification, solutions and action steps. For this to happen at the end of a meeting held in English, too, every participant needs to be able to contribute his or her own information and ideas, well phrased and expressed confidently.
If, according to Business Insider, we’d better get seriously prepared to answer the zany questions that more and more employers see fit to ask us during interviews, wouldn’t it be even better for us to stay prepared afterwards, too, as employees? The so-called brainteaser questions (e.g. “How would you weigh a plane without scales?”) come from a work philosophy which requires new solutions to new problems. It’s just that the new solutions don’t always come along well-trodden paths. At which point the possibility of play comes up: when they play, grown-ups become innovative; and when they innovate, your business steps ahead of your rivals. Game over, you win!
It’s a matter of nuance. In the juridical framework (trade law, civil law, international law, etc.) where we carry out our business today in Romania, matters of nuance often make the difference between a chance well used and a “flop” – between deal and no deal. The right interpretation, the opportunity properly seized, the persuasion capability and, last but not least, the ability to establish a trust-based rapport with partners depend to a considerable extent on how precisely your legal representatives can identify and use the nuances of legal jargon in the lingua franca of contemporary business.
Whoever doesn’t like travelling? Well… If asking how to get to airport terminal 2, when there’s a discount on museum entry, or what side dish is included with your salmon feels impossible because of the language barrier, we might tend to avoid such stress and just stay quietly home. Truth is, however, that our route to that important professional opportunity abroad (conference, job interview, negotiation) takes us through such small “tests” in which our English has to solve a specific problem. How we ask for, get and explain what exactly we want – at the hotel, at a restaurant, in a taxi or a department store, etc. – can make or break the fun and outcome of our trip.
Guess what the eighth art is. Well, the art of conversation, of course! Why be communicative, open, warm-hearted, caring, expressive in our mother tongue, but taciturn and terse in English? One person, one and the same impression: nice. In-between meetings, over business meals, in the company hallways or during conference breaks, any prospective or existing business partner appreciates a good chat out of which, you never know, an interesting idea, a good opportunity, some useful information or simply a little extra good mood may come up.
Is Meryl Streep’s supreme bossiness in The Devil Wears Prada achievable by us mortals? And how about the superb Morgan Freeman-led team work in London Has Fallen? Or Leonardo di Caprio’s thrilling motivational ability in The Wolf of Wall Street? While those characters’ skills might rub off on us just a little bit, their lively native English can certainly get into our active vocabulary while watching the movies. If only we focus on picking up the trendy words and phrases in current company jargon, and then memorise and practise them in role-plays with our fellow actors – sorry, we mean, co-workers. After all, why be only a movie spectator, when movie English can take you farther?
The gracious common place that parenting is the hardest but also the most rewarding job in the world often collides with problematic realities such as our child’s addiction to the TV or gadgets. In such cases, being a good parent can mean, specifically, having the right approach, knowledge and method needed to manage problematic realities insightfully and successfully. After all, if motherly and fatherly love is an immeasurable gift, the specific ways in which we put that love into practice can and sometimes have to be based on equally specific abilities. Good mother and good father abilities.