The Most Useful Languages for Travelling
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If you’re a TEFL teacher, your focus is mostly on teaching English. You will immerse yourself in theories of teaching and learning and you will become familiar with the ins and outs of the English language. You will prepare and plan engaging lessons in the hopes that your learners will walk out of your classroom with a better grasp of English. But what about you? We discuss here which are the most useful languages to learn for travelling.
Learning a language is useful for anyone, no matter their age. Learning a language provides mental exercise for the brain and it helps you with creativity, logic and reasoning, and problem-solving. Not to mention that if you are living in a foreign country, learning the local language will open the door to the local culture.
Of course, learning a language is not easy and it takes time, motivation and dedication. It makes sense that you should carefully consider which language you want to learn, so that you can get the most bang for your buck, so to speak.
So which languages are the most useful tor travelling?
First on the list has to be Mandarin Chinese. It is well-known that Mandarin is spoken by the most people in the world but of course most of these people are in China! So if you are contemplating living in China, learning Mandarin will go a long way in helping you settle into the culture. At the same time, Mandarin is fast becoming a language of business. If you can speak Mandarin you will be a hot commodity in business circles.
Spanish is an obvious choice. It is spoken by more than 35 million people in the United States alone and it’s the second most popular language in Europe. In fact, no matter where you go Spanish will probably come in handy – it’s the first language of 21 different countries.
Ah, the language of love. Speaking French will no doubt make you more attractive to the opposite sex. But if that isn’t reason enough for you, you must realise that French is spoken not only in France, but in Canada, Switzerland, the Seychelles< Mauritius and numerous African countries.
For the adventurous language learner, learning Arabic is a must. Arabic is by no means an easy language to learn but it’s one which will provide you with a wealth of benefits. Living in the Middle East or North Africa, a knowledge of Arabic will open many doors for you. But even if you are in the United Kingdom, the United States or in fact many countries around the world, being able to speak Arabic will help you forge friendships and understand a culture you might not otherwise.
Of course learning any language is a good idea and you can’t say that some languages are better than others. If you’re going by numbers, though, and which languages are spoken most widely, you can’t go wrong with these ones. Happy learning!
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.