Learning a foreign language is important if you are moving to another country for a promotion, or if you need to communicate with colleagues who speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or Swedish.
Here are few tips to master the basics before your next business trip, an important business lunch or if you are a student looking to learn a new language to interact with international business partners.
If you are a student, try immersion
If you can arrange to take a semester off tolearn swedish, consider a Swedish immersion program. With immersion, all or part of your instruction will be in the second language, so you can learn all the content areas, instead of basic vocabulary and sentence structure.
As an added bonus, studying a second language enhances your native language capabilities as well.
Download a language app
If you have no patience for language immersion or recorded tapes, try an app. Popular language apps like Babbel or Busuu have tricks and tools to help you memorize foreign phrases and words.
These awesome apps include speech recognizers and games to help you match popular English phrases with their foreign counterparts.
Try online learning for free with the BBC
The (BBC) British Broadcasting Corporation provides various levels of language instruction. The site has training for more than 36 languages and features video and audio playback plus langauge translation.
If you are learning basic spanish for example, the BBC Spanish language site provides online lessons with grammar games, audio, vocabulary, explanations and exercises.
If all else fails, try the language superhero: Rosetta Stone
With a few flash-cards and a language curriculum used by corporations around the world, you can join an online language community and learn with Rosetta Stone. This course uses a natural method that teaches users a new language directly, without the need for translation.
While this course is pricey at $1,000 or more, you'll be sure to learn the language to impress your boss or business colleagues around the world.