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    [URL=http://www.mindsabroad.com/][b]Learning Chinese[/b][/URL]

    A certification in standard Mandarin, apart from the extra credit, can give one an edge while hiking up the career ladder.

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    Among other things, I am a language teacher, Spanish and English. But I have often had advanced students of English (Spanish speakers) ask me what third language would I recommend? First of all, its up to the student and most should choose a language they want to know, with the emphasis on what. Apart from that, I have often recommended students in Latin America to consider Portuguese since Brazil occupies an important place for many reasons and it is a relatively easy transition from Spanish to Portuguese for native Spanish speakers. However, I have always mentioned three other languages, too–Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic. This are not easy for Romance Language learners, but for career opportunities, if a Latin American knows even at an intermediate level any of these three languages, they will be in an enviable position. This goes for Anglo-Americans, too, but most Anglo-Americans seldom seek to learn a second language, thinking that others will speak English as their second language, as is often the case. But to enter into another culture and to understand it, it is a distant second place situation to have to depend on others to speak English and always go through “our” native language.

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    Michael
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    I wrote: “First of all, its up to the student and most should choose a language they want to know, with the emphasis on what.” Obviously I meant: First of all, it’s up to the student and most should choose a language they want to know, with the emphasis on WANT.”

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