There’s almost no debate that the Canadian workforce is becoming increasingly diversified, and so are local communities. There’s also little debate about the growing importance of understanding other cultures, both in the workplace and at home.Making Language Learning Fun
Language learning doesn’t have to be drudgery, spending monotonous hours studying verb tables and memorizing vocabulary.In Canada, Individuals Need Cultural Knowledge Also
It’s almost universally accepted that in today’s global business and economic environment understanding other cultures is a must. However, the increase in immigration is also making it more important that individuals understand the habits and cultures of other people.Language Learning; Talk, Don’t Repeat
Are grinding over verb tables and repeating individual words from a recorder the most effective way to learn a new language?Understanding Canadian Slang and Key Words
Every language has slang or key words you should understand to be a fluent speaker or help make yourself understood when you travel. English and French-Canadian are no exceptions.Canada, a Hotspot for Cultural Learning
Few, if any countries, celebrate multiculturalism more than Canada. In fact, multiculturalism is an official national policy, the first country to make it so.Speaking Spanish, Important to Growing Canada’s Economy
In addition to its two official languages, there are more than 200 languages spoken in Canada, from Blackfoot to Tagalog.5 tips for faster, more enjoyable language learning
It takes a lot of fortitude and determination to learn a second language, but there are some ways to make the task easier.Language and Culture, Working Together
There is a lot of information about the importance of second-language skills in business and travel. Just as much has been written about the importance of cultural learning. But, not so much information has focused on the importance of both, and how they can work together to make learning both more efficient.Unexpected Benefits of Language Learning
It has been thoroughly documented that learning a second language is good for one’s career, particularly in a bilingual country such as Canada. Bilinguals are more likely to be hired; and then earn higher salaries. As they grow older, language learning has also shown to provide specific health benefits, such as helping delay the onset of such illnesses as dementia.Learn A Language…But Which One?
It has been documented anecdotally and through statistical research that knowing a second language can help further your career, create more job options and increase your income. However, unless you plan to become a polyglot, the question is which language to learn aside from Canada’s official languages, English and French.Berlitz Student: “...you get the best of everything”
Megan Difrancescantonio, data and reporting analyst at Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in Toronto, needed to learn French. She had received a promotion at work requiring her to work closely with her company’s Quebec operation, as well as other locations. She soon found that learning French with Berlitz at the Berlitz learning centre wasn’t the chore she thought it was going to be. In fact, it was enjoyable.Canada’s Language Evolution
Canada is officially a bilingual country, with English and French the official languages. In reality, however, Canada is becoming less and less bilingual and more and more multilingual, increasing the need to learn new languages.Thinking in Another Language
The best way to learn a second language is through a proven structured program such as the ones offered by Berlitz. There are many things, however, you can also do to build on what you learn in class.Berlitz Student: Language Learning—A Great Experience, Creating New Opportunities
Shannon Carlin works for the Parks Canada Agency in Calgary. She is taking one-on-one French classes at the Berlitz Learning Centre in Calgary, primarily to further her career but there have been other benefits.