Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Why Learning Foreign Languages is Vital For Diplomacy

A diplomat’s job used to be synonymous with fluency in several languages. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. English may be the universal language, but it helps to know a few other languages when you’re applying for a job in diplomacy. Here is why-

You will be representing your native country – It’s unfair to go to a different country and expect the natives to talk to you in your language. If you know the local tongue and can use it to communicate with them, you should do so. It will leave a favorable impact on the local population and they will hold you in high regard for respecting their culture.

Language is a window to culture – In fact, language is often referred to as verbal culture. You will find each culture has language expressions unique to them that reflect their unique cultural practices and traditions. Also, knowing the language of the place you'll be traveling to opens up avenues for cultural interaction that may not have been possible otherwise.

You don’t compulsorily need to know different languages to be a diplomat, but it sure helps! Learning a new language can help widen your perspective and see the world from a different point of view, you weren’t aware of.

Reasons for Language Change

Language is not a static entity. It changes over time. The change may be semantical, phonetic, morphological or syntactic. It is the job of historical linguists and evolutionary linguists to study this language change. There are certain causes that lead to changes in a language, what are these?

Economy – People tend to shorten words wherever possible to facilitate faster and easier communication. Phonetic reduction is also an example of economy practiced in language.

Migration – When language speakers migrate from one area to another, the language they use becomes diluted and borrows from the local language of their current location.

Flawed learning – An immigrant group can learn a language improperly and then use it in this manner. Their usage will gain popularity in their community and may even overwhelm majority usage, becoming a new standard in itself.

Contact with other cultures – As already discussed above, coming into contact with other cultures and languages impacts a language. It borrows terms and expressions to supplement their own grammar.

Reanalysis – Some new words and expressions may be better suited to convey certain events/situations than what was used formerly.

Language keeps changing to reflect societal advances and we shall try to keep up.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Top Event Technology Trends in Recent Times

Looking at how things are going on in today's world, it will be safe to claim that the event space will go mobile in the future with technologies such as VR and AR dominating the field. Changes in technology have been accelerating as a result of thousands of innovations, apps, and ideas popping up to assist the event managers and planners to enhance the participants' experiences and discharge their responsibilities in a  better manner. Marketers and event planners will have to work even more closely and offer the profile of customer (participants) interests in much more depth. Check out these latest trends in the field of event technology:

Interactive Virtual Reality technology

The popularity of this technology is increasing at a rapid pace as it offers the user a personalized experience of any service or product. The Virtual Reality headsets can create a virtual ambiance that is extremely close to reality.  The process of product demonstration is a fantastic experience for the attendees of an event. The VR technology is particularly useful while displaying bulky and huge items that are otherwise not possible or tough to be displayed at events/trade shows.

Interactive Augmented Reality

The technology creates a deeply immersive experience. It helps both the online, as well as, the offline world to join hand and create a perfect harmony. Interactive Augmented Reality can trigger the flow of interactive content on a user’s mobile device.

Role of Corporate Training in Retail Sector

The retail sector has been experiencing an unprecedented growth as far as implementation of corporate training programs is concerned. The reason for this is an organization’s front-line employees have an instant and key influence over the purchasing decisions of the consumers.

For instance, the sales people act as the most important trigger for buying decisions of customers in any shopping complex. As such their product knowledge, soft skills, and communication skills become a crucial concern. Plus, it becomes imperative to keep a close tab on the interaction between the retail workforce and the customers to close any sales transaction. Corporate training sessions make sure that an organization’s workforce structure is always strong.

When employees of an organization are trained and enjoy access to their relevant training materials whenever they need, they are usually more satisfied. The retail space is famous for high turnover rates. As such, the merits of the corporate sector in this field is that it is helpful in improving the employee retention rate as they get all the essential skills and knowledge for fulfilling their job requirements. Today, a number of cost optimization techniques are being used for training delivery such as online training while some parts of the training get delivered using self-paced learning through apps. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Languages With More Than One Script

Many languages across the world have multiple writing systems. Arabic, Latin and Cyrillic languages, for example, use more than one writing script. Multi-script languages can be extremely challenging to learn. Let’s take a look at some of these multi-script languages –

 Serbian – The Serbian language can be written in Latin or Cyrillic alphabet. However, the alphabets to the two correspond quite nearly with each other – to the relief of Serbian speakers.

 Shilha – The Berber language spoken all over Morocco can be penned down in Latin, Arabic, and Tifinagh.

 Japanese – Japanese uses three different scripts predominantly. These are – Kanji, Hirangana, and Katakana.

 Sanskrit – Sanskrit which started as an oral language in the Indian sub-continent can be written in all major South-east Asian, Indian and Tibetan scripts (these are the places it enjoyed the most popularity). It has no native script of its own. Khmer, Brahmi, Kharosthi are some of the scripts used to write Sanskrit.

 Chinese – Chinese is written in the traditional Chinese script, i.e. used in Taiwan and the simplified Chinese script, i.e. used across the People's Republic of China.

Don’t want to confuse yourself too much? Skip learning these languages.

Language v/s Dialect

Let’s try to understand the difference between a language and a dialect. If two people are having a conversation and they seem to be understanding each other just fine – they are speaking the same language. They may not necessarily be speaking the same dialect, but since dialects are closely-related variations of the same language, comprehension is possible. It is not so with different languages. However, sometimes dialects too are majorly distinct from each other. Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese are dialects of Chinese, but a Cantonese speaker would have difficulty understanding Mandarin as he/she would when faced with a German speaker.

The only overarching differentiator between the two is that languages are standardized written systems with literature to boot whereas dialects are predominantly oral, without any codified rules of their own or literature in existence. Dialects are not then a lesser form. A language is made up of several dialects. The difference between languages and dialects is arbitrary in nature.

Languages descended from the same linguistic family are usually intelligible by speakers of brother/sister languages. Dialects of a language vary from one geographical location to another. Both languages and dialects serve the same purpose and should be regarded equally.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Most Spoken Languages In The World

Want to learn a new language that will open up your career prospects globally? Wondering which language is spoken most commonly across the world? It is not easy to determine the most spoken languages in the world. One has to weigh whether they mean the most number of native speakers a language has or the number of speakers that globally speak the language. On top of that, it is difficult to differentiate a language from a dialect. A rough estimate can be guessed at however. Below, we discuss the languages spoken most widely all over the world –

 Mandarin (Chinese) – The official language of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of China and Singapore – Mandarin is the biggest language group among
Chinese, spoken by billions in the world. 

 English – The colonization efforts of the British Empire and the neo-colonization by the United States has cemented English’s place in the second most spoken language in the world.

 Spanish – Spanish is spoken by hundreds of millions of people across Spain, South and Central America and the United States. 

These three languages dominate the list of languages spoken most frequently in the world. Hindi and Arabic snap closely at their toes.