3 European languages to expand your professional horizons

Looking to move up in your career? Most of the time, you’re competing for the same position with other people of similar skills and backgrounds. Understanding another language can set you apart from your competition and could give you the upper hand. Here are three European languages that could help boost your career prospects:

German 

Want to work in Europe? Germany boasts one of the most powerful economies in Europe, and it is a major trade partner for the US and UK. With only about 130 million native speakers, German is an official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Belgium, and Italy’s South Tyrol and is known as a language of science and diplomacy.

German companies such as Adidas, Allianz, Bayer, Bosch, DHL, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Lufthansa, SAP, Puma, T-Mobile, BMW, Mercedes, or Volkswagen regularly find themselves at the top of their respective industries.

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French

French is the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. With nearly 80 million native speakers and over 274 million speakers worldwide, French is the official language of 29 countries and is the sixth most spoken language in the world. It is also a working language of the United Nations, European Union, International Red Cross, and the World Trade Organization, as well as numerous other international organizations. 

It is a language of romance, poetry, food connoisseurs, business, politics, and diplomacy. Travel, tourism, luxury goods, aeronautics, retail, and hospitality grant widespread employment prospects to French speakers. 

Additionally, if you’re fluent in French, you may find yourself picking up the other romance languages – Portuguese, Romanian, Italian, or Spanish much faster as these languages are derived from Latin origins, and share many similarities.

Learn French with Eton Institute.

Spanish

With more than 450 million native speakers, Spanish is second only to Chinese in terms of the most spoken languages in the world. It is also the third most studied language in the world, after English and French. 

According to Forbes, the Latin American market now has a purchasing power of $1.5 trillion, which makes Spanish speakers an asset for corporations to tap into. Additionally, if you’re keen to establish your career in the US, the knowledge of Spanish will prove to be invaluable as it is estimated that the Latino population of the US will touch approximately 130 million by the year 2060. This is predicted to make it the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, even overtaking Mexico. 

Learn Spanish with Eton Institute.

 

The European Day of Languages is steadily approaching. We have something exciting coming up for you, stay tuned for more information!

Learner Spotlight: Mariam A.



This month, we talk to Mariam A. Rahi, an English language teacher with 5 years of experience. She successfully completed the CELTA program with Eton Institute and shares some general thoughts about the program, including what she enjoyed and how it has benefited her teaching career. Watch the video to find out more.

“…When it was time for me to think about my professional development, I decided to pursue the CELTA. Eton definitely caught my eye as it is certified by EAQUALS and is one of the most prestigious institutes in Dubai.” 

Develop your teaching skills and professionalism with a CELTA or TESOL program.

Learner Spotlight: Dominique M.

Dominique M. has always been passionate about learning the language of the country she lives in. She tells us what drew her into the Arabic program, the practical benefits of learning the language, and shares practical tips for other Arabic language learners.

Hi, Dominique! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I arrived in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2020 to work as a Training Manager and Art History Trainer at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Why did you decide to learn Arabic?

For me, it has always been important to learn the language of the country I live in. Plus I have a kind of madness for learning languages and getting to know the related cultures.

What could be a practical benefit of learning Arabic for you?

Being able to interact with locals in their native language is essential, but actually a little difficult in Abu Dhabi since everyone speaks English.

What level do you aspire to reach?

I haven’t got any specific goal. I would just like to be comfortable in oral conversation as to be able to talk to people on a daily basis.

What’s your best tip for people who want to start learning Arabic?

Actually, I think the start is the easiest moment. You get to learn a new alphabet and you have the impression of getting into calligraphy.

I would suggest reading as much as you can, anything in the street, from street names to shop names, from advertising to newspaper headlines, and also to listen to the radio regularly or to children’s videos to grab some words and relate words to images. I also have used the post-it technique at home: I put post-its with Arabic words connected to home appliances, rooms, actions in their environment. Thus, they are easier to remember.

What did you find challenging and how did you overcome it?

The most challenging part for me was and still is the conversation. As I started learning Arabic at the time Covid emerged, we were all more or less locked inside. I have missed interactions and occasions of practicing. I also have been forced to follow online classes all the way with less interaction with my teacher.

 Are there any other languages on your bucket list?

Yes! Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Farsi.

“…I would suggest reading as much as you can, anything in the street, from street names to shop names, from advertising to newspaper headlines, and also to listen to the radio regularly or to children’s videos to grab some words and relate words to images.”

Are you passionate about learning Arabic? Consider enrolling in an Arabic course with Eton Institute.

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Top Benefits of Early Language Learning

It’s never too soon to get your child started on the path of second language acquisition. Here are a few reasons why we think you should definitely start today:

Enhanced cognitive skills: Research proves that learning a second language enhances problem-solving and critical thinking, in addition to improving memory, attention span, enhanced creativity, and mental flexibility.

Better language acquisition: It’s much easier for children to learn a new language than adults because this is the time when their brains begin to develop. Children are uniquely attuned to differences in tone and sound. They pick up on tricky sounds easily that adults and even adolescents often stumble over. By starting early, your children can speak confidently from the start.

Higher test scores: Numerous reports have proven that students who have studied a foreign language perform much better than their monolingual peers on many standardized tests.

Cultural awareness: Bilingual children are more likely to develop curiosity and appreciation for diversity and celebrate cultural differences. Exposure to more than one language leads to a bigger view of the world, contributes greatly to their personal development, and encourages open-mindedness and tolerance.

Want your child to get started on their language learning journey? Choose from English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, German, or Italian with our upcoming Kid’s Summer Camp for Languages & Game-based Coding 

Five Reasons why Coding is Important for Kids

Seeking the much-needed head start for your child in today’s competitive landscape? Recent research puts coding at the forefront of future careers. So, why is it so important? Here are 5 reasons we think Coding Courses for Kids can truly help shape young minds:

  • Coding is the language of the world

Language teaches children how to communicate and inculcates logical thinking. Children should be exposed to different languages at an early age as it helps them understand the world better. Coding is a language on its own. To truly get an understanding of how the technology around them operates, there’s no better way than the addition of coding to your child’s curriculum. Simply learning the basics of coding can fundamentally change the way in which children interact with technology.

  • Coding fosters creativity & resilience

Creativity is essential to thriving in today’s ever-changing world. Owing to experimentation and trial and error in coding, children learn from their mistakes. As they progress through learning the structure of a coding language and are encouraged to experiment with it, they learn to see opportunities in failure and gain confidence to take more risks. This makes children more resilient.

If children know how to code, then they can develop apps, video games, websites and more, as they watch their coding come to life.

  • Coding helps develop self-confidence and problem-solving skills

Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future as it encourages them to think differently to problem-solve efficiently. Learning to code gives kids the opportunity to learn a disciplined approach to learning new skills, new ways to look at the world, and new ways to solve problems. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence.

Self-confidence is essential to success. Self-confidence gives kids the ability to pursue their goals—whether it’s to make a new friend, speak up in class, or engage in extracurricular activities.

  • Coding increases computational thinking

While coding, your child will apply algorithms to complete computational tasks, use basic commands and unlock new characters as they write programs to solve simple mazes, predict the outcome of scripts and consider potential errors, debug code & much more. Featured coding concepts include sequencing, being able to compare and contrast, deciphering problems, understanding functions, and variables and more.

The child will essentially be speaking in the language of logic as all computers are logic machines, and thus every word has a precise meaning.

  • Learning to code from a young age will make High School easier

Coding helps children apply math to real-world situations since it is present in many of today’s STEM programs. While learning to code, kids are introduced to topics they are likely to study in high school. So, when they get to high school, kids who learn to code already have a base of knowledge to work their way up from.

Interested in coding courses for your child? Check out our fun and engaging Coding Courses and our upcoming Kid’s Summer Camp for Languages & Game-based Coding 

Learner Spotlight: Sarah Tuqan

Love makes people do many things…one of them is learning a new language. This month, we talk to Sarah Tuqan, an HR specialist, who is learning Italian for her partner. She has always been passionate about Italian culture and was more than happy to get started on her Italian language learning journey with Eton Institute. Watch and find out what drew her into the Italian program.

“…I am very interested in the culture and the food, it’s something that I value very much and that’s why I took the decision to start learning more about the culture and the language and hence signed up for a course at Eton Institute.” 

If you are interested in music, architecture, fashion, and arts, want to enhance your career or business opportunities, or immigrate to Italy, then Italian is a language to definitely learn. Choose from one of our group, one-to-one or duo learning Italian courses ranging from intensive to regular, weekend, classroom-based or online, that will target all four skills; reading, writing, speaking, and listening.