Bigger Bucks For Bilinguals: Learn Language For FREE

8 Nov

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Just of quick note of thanks before I begin. I want to thank my fellow US Americans for their cooperation during our country’s recent devastation by Superstorm Sandy and stressful political election season. We know we have our work cut out for us on both fronts, but are dedicated to moving forward without leaving anyone behind. I thank the international community for your continued support and cooperation during these difficult times and look forward to better days for us all.

Now back to the blog post…

It’s no secret it’s a tough job market and any advantage is welcome. Whether you are looking for a new position or advance in your current workplace, being bilingual is a definite asset. It is estimated that world wide, 2/3 of all executives speak at least two languages. Bilingual employees generally make 5-20% over base pay for a position. Since bilingual employees can supervise diverse workers, it is now a fast track to a managerial position.

The US is way behind most of the world when it comes to languages for several reasons. We have a history of thinking the world should be forced to speak English, in the same way we suppress other languages and discriminate against non-English speakers among our very own citizens. Foreign speakers have historically been forced to work the lowest paid and most dangerous jobs. Children have been erroneously labeled mentally retarded and even institutionalized simply because they did not score well on English-only academic exams. Since these abuses continue until this day, is it any wonder parents force their children to abandon their native language completely in order to survive let alone advance?

Currently it is estimated that only 10% of US Americans are fluent in a second language. To compete in the global marketplace we need to adapt or be left behind. English/Spanish speakers are in highest demand as the Latino population grows and their profit potential expands rapidly. Type “bilingual” into your search on Indeed.com and you’ll find a boatload of opportunities in a variety of fields throughout this country. Some of the most popular states include Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and New York.

There is a wide range of free language learning resources, so you are sure to find the combination that fits your needs and keeps you from getting bored. I’ve done the work of sifting through them, and have listed the best for you below. They are all FREE but some offer paid upgrades.

LOCAL

  1. Library. Unless you live in one of those States that invests more in prisons than people, your local library has great resources that can be checked out, downloaded, or accessed online. They include not just books and videos, but lots of interactive multimedia as well as games and visual aids. Most allow you to order materials online, and if your branch doesn’t have an item, they can often request it from another library even several states away.
  2. Meetup.com. This is a great way to find local language practice groups and there are usually dining and trips for members to participate in.

INTERNET

  1. itunes This is the only site I could find that was downloads rather than online. Because a lot of content is user created, you can find the most current slang, not only by language, but also geographic variations.
  2. BBC Language and Free Language Courses and phrases, audio and video, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests.
  3. Palabea and Busuu Interactive lessons & live chat with community to practice new skills.
  4. Quizlet Vocabulary games and tests to teach and reinforce language basics.
  5. Omniglot Text based basic lessons including useful phrases and idioms.
  6. DuoLingo Text only, teaches language by translating Web pages.
  7. Google Translate Text only, allows you to translate a Web page with the option of also showing the original language for comparison.
  8. Youtube Video language instruction by professionals and amateurs. Enter the language you want to learn in the search function, i.e. “learn Spanish”.

Its time to get with the program; change can be scary or exciting, but the choice is entirely up to you. And if you are not careful, you might actually enjoy it!

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