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More important than learning the 2nd languages

"Do you think we need to learn the 2nd language to be a Global Leader? If so, which language do you recommend?"

A student asked to panelists in the panel discussion session which talked about Global Leader.

One of the panelists answered.

Of course, if you can speak the 2nd language, you will have a lot of advantages. Especially, Chinese is the most considerable option. However, before mastering the 2nd language, you should understand "Local English". Local English means a form of English which is used in the country and area. In a business world, English is used as a common language. One thing you have to be careful about is that there are a lot of forms of English. A certain form of English is affected by the people, location, history, culture, and common sense of the country. For example, if people from different countries try to express the exactly same thing, they talk it in different ways in their English.

You need to understand not only what they say in English but also why they say so and what the context is.

Good to know.

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world Englishes

Was the panelist American? If so, it sounds very interesting to me. I've once read about an article written by a Japanese professor about the concept of “world Englishes”. She claims that there should be various forms of English if English is used as a world language. I totally agree with her opinion. Native English speakers should know that their English is one of the world Englishes if they intend to use English as a world language.

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