In today’s global business environment, you’ll most likely have to travel overseas a few times in your career to woo a major client or land a huge contract. You’ll also find yourself engaged in ongoing relations with companies from other countries and with people from other cultures. Therefore, it’s ultimately in your best interest to study foreign languages in order to be able to communicate clearly and competently in an international setting. Although there are obviously dozens of relevant languages for you to choose from, the status of Japan as one of the United States’ most important trade partners and as the second largest economy in the world makes the Japanese language a smart pick for a career in international business.
Even if you didn’t get to study the Japanese language in high school or college, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to learn. In order to get started on the path to fluency, you need to decide how you want to go about acquiring your new skill. One of your options would be to enroll in a local community college or a nearby university. The advantages of learning the Japanese language through this method is that you will receive professional instruction and will be able to ask questions about anything that you don’t understand. The class will also proceed at a reasonable pace that will allow you ample time to absorb all the new information.
A second option is to enroll in an intensive study course. The specifics of these types of courses vary depending on which institution you choose to study at, but the general purpose is the same. You will study the Japanese language for several hours per day over the course of a few weeks or a few months. Because most intensive study programs meet every day during the week, you likely wouldn’t be able to attend your regular job or college classes. So you would either have to take a leave of absence or find an intensive study program that meets on weekends. Those are few and far between, but they do exist.
A third option is to learn the Japanese language on your own by means of textbooks, workbooks, and/or audio or software programs. Choosing a textbook and associated workbook is a simple matter. All you have to do is take a trip to your neighborhood bookstore and look through their offerings. Then, you can purchase the books that look the most interesting or understandable to you, and the ones that cover topics that will likely be helpful to you in the future. As far as audio and software programs go, there are several reputable home-study courses on the market, including the acclaimed Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone series.
No matter which method you decide to go with, acquiring a foreign language means you’ll be making great strides towards ensuring yourself a prominent place in the international business community. So start building a better career right now by learning the Japanese language today!