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5 languages that are hard to master, but will pay off forever

Business Insider – Amie Cain

“Just because learning languages can be a difficult process, doesn’t mean that you should just give up. Picking up another language can open so many doors in your personal and professional life. One 2015 Quora post titled “As a person with English as my first language, what would be the most useful foreign language that I could learn?” covered this topic quite extensively. Using Quora poster Sanda Golcea’s list of the most spoken languages in the world by native speakers and number of countries, here are five languages that might be a bit trickier for English speakers to master, but are definitely worth the effort:.”(more)

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans

The Volante Online – Dean Welte

“In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a record-breaking one in five Americans speak another language other than English in their household. This percentage is only expected to go up in the upcoming years, showing that the U.S. will become a more multilingual country. The most spoken language in the U.S. is Spanish, with the number of speakers at around 40 million. Knowing this statistic, speaking Spanish will be incredibly important and advantageous in the future.”(more)

Preparing Students for the Computational Future

Ed Surge – Stephen Wolfram

“Pick any field “X,” from archaeology to zoology. There either is now a “computational X”, or there soon will be. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, farmers, whatever—the future of all these professions will be full of computational thinking. Whether it’s sensor-based medicine, computational contracts, education analytics or agriculture—success is going to rely on being able to do computational thinking well. Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future, and it’s an incredibly important thing to be teaching to kids today. But where does it fit into the standard educational curriculum? The answer, I think, is simple: everywhere! One might think that computational thinking is somehow only relevant to STEM education. But it’s not true. Computational thinking is relevant across the whole curriculum.”(more)

Career Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

The HR Digest – Jane Harper

“We stay in a fast-paced, hyper-connected world, and things are not going to change anytime soon. So, you need to be different or have some special skills to survive. In this competitive and continuously connected world, learning a foreign language may help you stand out in the crowd. The way companies are operating today across the globe, spreading their business in different countries, the speed at which global expansion is happening is faster than ever before. In such situation, learning a second language will be really important – no, mandatory for people to add an edge to their resume and have a competitive advantage during their job search. No doubt, most of the businesses are conducted in English, but with changing landscape, the career benefits of learning a foreign language are really extensive. It not only allows you to communicate with different people, it will also make you aware of different cultures.”(more)

Learning a foreign language will definitely enhance your career – here’s how!

Your Story – Sanjana Ray

“Remember when you were in college and you thought you’d take your free time to work out, learn how to drive and pick up a foreign language? We’ve all been there, we’ve all made those plans for the summer-breaks – and most of us have just beach-whaled and binge-watched through them instead. But for those ambitious souls who managed to raise themselves out of their sloth and dedicatedly attend those classes and actually utter a confident ‘how do you do’ in a foreign tongue, kudos to you. Consciously or unconsciously, you just raised your self-value in the job market by a million.”(more)

Employers warn of widening skills shortage

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“An increasing number of UK employers are worried that they will not be able recruit enough high-skilled employees, according to an annual CBI survey. The survey of 500 employers found 69% were concerned about not being able to find enough highly-skilled staff, compared with 55% last year. The report showed that demand for low-skilled workers would continue to fall. Tackling this skills gap has become a “top business priority”, said CBI deputy director general Josh Hardie. The survey says this could become even more difficult after the decision to leave the European Union. “Not only will we have our existing UK skills shortages to address, but potentially reduced access to migrant skills will also impact businesses,” says the CBI’s report on the survey results.”(more)