Being multilingual is essential

Being multilingual is essential

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A US company merges with a Mexican firm, a software manufacturer establishes an office abroad, a bank opens a branch in a Portuguese-speaking community: For one reason or another, employees are finding out they had better acquire a second language.

“Just English” is not a good answer when prospective employers ask what languages you speak, said Jim Smith, executive director of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. “With globalization an increasing phenomenon, if someone only understands English, to an employer, they’re less and less useful to the world,” he said.

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Katia Reed

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