Knowing A Little Bit Of A Language Is Knowing A Lot


We know you’re busy people. You have jobs that keep you at your desk sometimes late into the night, and you still have lives to lead, so finding the time for extra curricular activities can be tough. But keep this in mind: Learning a foreign language is a huge résumé booster, and can help your career take on whole new dimensions. Languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese are some of the most popular languages being studied in a business context in today’s economy.

But what if you only have a short amount of time to learn a language?

While most people who hope to do business in another language will at some point need to go the distance with learning a language, you’d be amazed at what a basic knowledge in a foreign language can do for your business relations. Even with a basic knowledge of a foreign language – something as simple as greetings and courtesy expressions – you’re already able to break down some communication barriers that can create distance between you and co-workers, employees, and customers. Also just beginning to recognize the sounds and basic structure of a foreign language will allow your ear an open door to absorbing more of the language, so getting your feet wet is the first step.

Our tiered subscriptions offer the opportunity to learn with 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 1-year subscription packages, depending on the amount of time you have and the amount of effort you want to put in. With our courses you will learn at your own pace, so you can cram a lot of learning into the shorter subscription times with the right dedication. In fact, it’s beneficial to focus on a language daily, so with daily lessons, you can learn a lot in 31 days.

And since it’s always useful in business to have some phrases for breaking the ice, here are a few essentials to get you started:

I want to try using your language.
Japanese: (Person’s name)さんの言葉(ことば)を使(つか)ってみたいです。([Person’s name]san no kotoba o tsukatte mitai desu.)
Spanish: Quisiera hablar su idioma.
German: Ich möchte gern Deutsch sprechen.
French: J’aimerais essayer de parler français.
Chinese 使用 语言。(Wǒ xiǎng shǐyòng nǐmen de yǔyán.)
Portuguese: Eu quero tentar falar a sua língua.

I’m looking forward to working with you.
Japanese: ご一緒(いっしょ)に仕事(しごと)するのを楽(たの)しみにしています。(Goissho ni shigoto suru no o tanoshimi ni shite imasu.)
Spanish: Espero trabajar con usted pronto.
German: Ich freue mich darauf, mit Ihnen zusammen arbeiten zu dürfen.
French: Je me réjouis de travailler avec vous.
Chinese:   期待 与你 一道  工作。(Wǒ qīdài zhe yǔ nǐ yīdào gōngzùo.)
Portuguese: Será um prazer trabalhar com o senhor / a senhora. (to a man/ to a woman)

It’s been a pleasure to talk with you.
Japanese: お話(はなし)できて良(よ)かったです。(Ohanashi dekite yokatta desu.)
Spanish: Ha sido un placer hablar con usted.
German: Das Gespräch mit Ihnen war mir ein Vergnügen.
French: Je suis très heureux/heureuse de pouvoir m’entretenir avec vous. (said by a man/said by a woman)
Chinese: 与你   兴。(Yú nǐ jiāotán hěn gāoxìng.)
Portuguese:  Foi um prazer conversar com o senhor / a senhora. (to a man/ to a woman)

May I have one of your business cards?
Japanese: お名刺(めいし)をいただけますか。(Omeishi o itadakemasu ka?)
Spanish: ¿Me puede dar su tarjeta?
German: Hätten Sie eine Visitenkarte für mich?
French: Pourriez-vous me donner l’une de vos cartes?
Chinese: 可以   名片 吗?(Kěyǐ yào yī zhāng nǐ de míngpiàn ma?)
Portuguese: Posso ficar com o seu cartão de visitas?

Thank you for having me.
Japanese: お招(まね)きいただいてありがとうございます。(Omaneki itadaite arigatoo gozaimasu.)
Spanish: Gracias por tenerme entre ustedes.
German: Herzlichen Dank für die Einladung.
French: Merci de votre invitation.
Chinese:      我。 (Gǎnxiè nǐmen yāoqǐng wǒ.)
Portuguese: Obrigado/a por ter me convidado. (said by a man/said by a woman)