Nowadays, Speaking Two Languages is not Enough
English language mastery has long been an essential condition for working in a multinational company. Now, a third language is becoming a requisite.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In Europe, the consolidation of the Common Market and the lack of border for human resources has made trilingual the norm and not the exception. The same is happening in Central America, as the service industry sees with positive eyes, and even requires its staff to speak English fluidly as well as another language like Portuguese, German, Chinese, French, Italian or Russian.
Of all customer service operations conducted in the country, 80% are in English, 8% in Spanish, 7% in Portuguese and the rest in other languages.
In order to keep attracting foreign investment Costa Rica needs to produce more professionals in the fields of technology, who speak three languages and have the ability to make decisions.
There is a need for 85% of staff working in hotels speak at least two languages, while some positions requires the mastery of three languages.
As the economy grows and multinational companies keep arriving, Panama is becoming a modern day Babel.
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