What languages should I know?

@biman_s (1061)
India
September 18, 2009 9:17am CST
I am IT Professional. I have been to many interviews and often found out that the company wants someone who can speak many languages. What languages should I know other than just English? Can I learn them Online?
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8 responses
• Indonesia
18 Sep 09
i think besides English, you need to learn Chinese language. Chinese economic growth has increase and it is not impossible that many people use Chinese language as a second international language. you may learn other languages, that will be better for you. however, i'm not sure that you can learn them online effectively. to learn another language successfully, you need to practice everyday. you can learn them all! keep spirit!
@biman_s (1061)
• India
18 Sep 09
Chinese is one of the most difficult languages. I think there are about 2500 characters in it. Learning it is very hard. But I will give it a try. I am learning Spanish now.
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
18 Sep 09
Try learning Arab or Japanese... These countries are hiring more IT professionals these days...
@biman_s (1061)
• India
18 Sep 09
Aren't they very difficult to learn? Can I find any help on-line, like a website offering free lessons?
@delkar (1716)
• Romania
19 Sep 09
You should know french or german . Thouse 2 are important . If i were to say about my language, i would say romanian, but language doesn`t have a large spreat, even if there are a lot of romanian people all around the globe . But as an IT professional, i think that you should know english and your job better. Maybe they didn`t accepted you, not for your language, but maybe because of your knowledge . Take care and try again in other places too .
@seymiss (627)
19 Sep 09
English by far!The languages that are important in international business, as an Internet service provider depend on the specific business you are in and the service you are providing and where you are focusing your marketing efforts. In general English,Italian,Japenese,Spanish are the key most international providers.
• India
18 Sep 09
According to me the main language is english.Even i am an IT Professional and i know english,hindi,kannada.I am working in Bangalore.
@sblossom (2170)
18 Sep 09
I think our time is limited. We can not learn many foreign languages. As English is more and more popular in the world, it can help us in our career development. So to non-english speakers, their own mother language and English should be in the top two on lists. Besides if the time is available Mandarin, Arabic also a good choices because we all know money is running into these areas. If you know the economical climate you would know which language will be popular. I want to study French, but for now I just want focus English study. It’s more important to me.
• India
18 Sep 09
Hi biman I think you are from India.I don't know which companies you have attended but major IT companies don't ask freshers for foreign languages but you should have solid command over English and Hindi.Foreign languages count when you have joined in the company and have worked for atleast two years and having the knowledge of a foreign language is just an additional positive but its not the criteria for selecting/rejecting people. And if you are determined to learn a foreign language you first know which company you want to join because some companies are concentrating on Europe while some on Asia.So its better to know about the interests of the company before you start learning a language. If you are interested in learning a foreign language try this one www.livemocha.com
• China
18 Sep 09
i'm an IT support.... i've worked in a French company, but we all talked in english. i don't think an IT need to speak several languages. BTW,in addition to my native language,i can just speak english and a little bit japanese....