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which language is more powerful for business life?

I want to learn a powerful language for my CV and for my business life. Now, i can speak Circassian, Turkish and a bit English but i want to learn one of another language. What should i learn as a popular language and how can i learn a language as effective for my CV.

July 22, 2017



I would say that depends on where you live. Based on your name and languages, I assume Turkey/Caucasus region in which case Russian or Arabic is probably very useful, maybe even Farsi. I would also guess people working in IT need a different language than those who work in the fishing industry, for example.


I am living in Istanbul/Turkey for a while, as a Circasian. I am studying at a well known university and i am going to graduade in four years later. So, my job opportunities at my own department's sector are extensive but I am not good at language learning. Can you help?


I'm still going to suggest Russian, Arabic or German. It's better if you like the language instead of just feeling like you have to learn it so learn a bit about the languages, how they sound, look, the culture behind them and pick one. If it doesn't suit you, switch to another one.


It entirely depends on your job, I don't think there is any one in particular.


Thanks for reply. Actually, i am studying and i want to work for the sectors of advertisement and marketing software.


English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese


I am studying English already. Based on another languages, which one of them are more useful as your opinion?


it depends on where you will be in the future. Some people are studying the Chinese cause of the IT jobs. It is very difficult to say which one will be important in the future. Now it seems English is global language. But we don't know the truth.

This question is very personal and answer is the personal too. You have to choose. I can say that you should improve your English and Turkish instead of learning another language.


Try searching for job postings in advertisement. I'm guessing that the language will be specific to what country you work in. Often employers will list which language(s) (if they want any) they want their candidates to have. Also talk to professors or people in the industry to get a better idea. Hope this helps!


Hope so. Actually, Arabic and Russian languages are most popular ones but i dont want to learn them because of their alphabets.


The Russian alphabet isn't too difficult to learn. I learned it over a year ago in ~2 weeks and I can still read it fairly well after not practicing it. It would definitely be easier than Arabic, though, since some letters are the same.


Isn't Circassian written with a variant of the Russian alphabet?


Depends on where you live and what your career is, probably. In most of North America it would almost certainly be Spanish, unless you happen to be in or near Quebec, in which case it would be French. In Europe, German or French, if you already know English. But it also depends on your industry and where you work/want to work. If you live in Turkey for example, but want to do business in, say, Italy or you work for a company that has a lot of Italian clients or an office in Italy, then obviously Italian would be most important to you.


Thanks for reply, i am living in Istanbul/Turkey for a while as a Circasian. I am studying at a well known university and i am going to graduate in four years later. So, cause of this reason i can not talk about my own job and company but my sector is advertisement in general.


Circassian is pretty impressive to me already, albeit not one that would be widely useful in most business situations.


:) I know, it is much more impressive when we re speaking with our other family members. We are living with our tradition as "Xabze or maybe Habze in English" and our souls depends to our traditions- our native language.


Depends on where you want to work, but generally if you have some skills in English, German, French and Spanish you should be able to access a very big international job market. Add a lesser studied (but still big) language to your CV and you'll certainly stand out. (Swahili, Hindi/Urdu/Hindustani, Bengali, Indonesian) Basically, try to learn a couple of 'lingua francas'.

Check out the links for some more information:


Thanks for these addresses. So, guess i should learn some Spanish for international job opportunities.


Klingon, but you'll have to wait.


:D Sounds good, i will wait with impatience!


English German Chinese (Mandarin)


thanks for advice, i will look at them.


Any dominant world language is good for business because the more people speak it, the more connections you will be capable of globally. Of course, even among dominant languages there are differences in what specific kind of business certain countries specialize in more of than others (for example, English is the language of one of the largest entertainment industries while there are other areas. One of my friends, a programmer, said he'd like to learn the language of a specific place in Asia I believe. This is because there is more opportunity for technology related advancements and higher demand and pay for people like him in certain places in Asia that I cannot remember at the moment).

Also, lesser known languages are good for niche markets or specialties. That may also be something you look up within your own field of interest, within business and the area you are from/planning to go to. For example I am an artist so I like to learn French and German for the artists, art movements and some cultural, religious and environmental views that have resonated with the me a lot. Researching your options can give you more of a sense of security if you haven't already.

Here is one link I found on the most successful languages for business: http://www.languagelearningportal.com/articles/en-GB/1359/6-business-languages-that-all-global-minded-managers-should-learn.html


Thank you for this awesome analysis. Actually, i want to learn Spanish or Russian when i am compare them with other languages but they are looks harder than English, isn't them


For me, the most powerful would be English


I think so, but i have to learn english already. :)


I think you should focus on learning English really well. Especially in IT and business, English is the global network language, understood and used by all the relevant people.

In business, it is important to provide outstanding quality in what you offer. It's not the quantity (the number of languages), but the quality (the depth of understanding and the proficiency) that counts. 1)

Any additional language would depend on the environment/company in which you would find a job. If I understand your situation correctly, this will be visible in the future.

But excellent English is a must in any case, as I can tell from my experience (working for a company that works worldwide, and that today hires engineers and other experts, in any country, only if they speak and write English really well).

Edit: 1) In my opinion, this is particularly true for marketing/advertising. In these fields, you want to convince people. And you can do that only if your language is flawless and natural.


I am confirming actually. I Have to learn english already but my native language and english are very very different and i am scared the grammar of english.


Either Russian or Arabic would be great assets in marketing or advertising, and, really in most fields of international business. If I were choosing between the two, I'd say Arabic is likely to allow you a bit more flexibility, since it is spoken over such a broad area


I am scared of their alphabet actually, i do not know anything about how can i learn their grammar on totally different floor.


I would personally place Chinese at the top of the list. I am currently there and I can see the abundance in opportunities for employment and business. Knowing the language is necessary not only for survival (for example, benefitting from the large number of services bundled in one app - WeChat -but only available in Chinese), but also for grasping chances (job offers, networking events, etc.) and establishing oneself in the Chinese society. Having Chinese skills is equally beneficial outside China to communicate with Chinese business partners (or potential partners) visiting your country for business or pleasure.


A very different point of view, thanks. Actually this language scares me very much, my friends are talking about how hard to speak the chinese language is, but I am very jealous of who really speak Chinese. So, if you have any information about how to speak and learn the chinese grammar, can you give more detail?


I may not be helpful because I just started myself, and still don’t have much of a study strategy. But, I’ve been using the Hello Chinese app (learning mechanism similar to duolingo), and found it good for learning Hanzi (Chinese characters) and some structure. But I think it’s necessary to add a book where the grammar is properly explained. I reviewed several available books, and narrowed the options down to (A Practical Chinese Grammar (Mandarin)) by Hung-nin Samuel Cheung, and (Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide) by Claudia Ross. For studying Hanzi, I recommend not cramming too much content, but using the same bite-size method in duolingo and Hello Chinese. You don’t really need to memorize all the characters in the dictionary (around 50000), and you should be able to get by with only about 3000. I'm still searching for a way to tackle the pronunciation challenge (that's perhaps the most difficult part), but other than immersion, I haven't found one yet. This is all the knowledge I have for now, and I hope you find it useful. Good luck.

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