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.

An analysis in points out that: "During the bilingual job fair, held by Cinde earlier this year, six of 30 companies required employees with a third language. Currently, out of 100 transactions done by this companies, 12 are done in languages different from English and Spanish."

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