Language for Business
Learning a foreign language is a great business investment. Speaking with your clients, suppliers and business partners in their own language is a great aid in forming strong business relationships. All else being equal, a business that speaks the same language as its clients is at a great advantage over its competition.
A little goes a long way
You do not need to be proficient in a language to gain an edge in building business relationships. Knowing the basics of the language makes for great small talk before an important meeting, and is a great way of breaking the ice and showing your client your willingness to accommodate them and understand their viewpoint. Foreigners are often impressed by even quite basic language skills.
Business language at Language Hub
Language Hub supports your business language learning by providing business specific workshops and classes that fit alongside your regular core language classes. Speak to your personal tutor about your business related goals. He or she can recommend specific classes and materials to help you get ahead.
Tips for learning a language for business purposes
- Learn basic, non-business specific language first, and learn it well. In many countries and cultures asking people about their families forms the start of every meeting, whether business or casual.
- Once you have a good general base in the language, start to learn the language of your industry.
- Learn about the culture of the country as well as the language. Knowing the etiquette of a business meeting in that country can avoid a lot of inadvertent faux pas.
- Keep up to date with local news and politics. Business small-talk often revolves around current events, so make sure you know at least a little about the major events happening in the country.
- Remember why you are doing this. The benefits of being able to conduct business in your client’s language are huge