My family came to this country from Cuba and at home, we spoke Spanish. My parents demanded it in their home; we all stuck with this demand. As an adult, I married a Chinese born wife and as a result, I am now multilingual and multicultural in a world that's no longer monolingual.

There are plenty of benefits, when it comes to working in a world that's slowly transitioning into a place where language plays a big part in marketing, business and networking.

While non-native English speakers have long realized the value of the English-speaking market, native English speakers are just beginning to wake up to the importance of a multilingual strategy.

More than just being able to do business in a second language, the world is becoming a multilingual marketplace. And whether it is Spanish, or Chinese Mandarin, understanding additional languages is becoming a necessity to get ahead as the process of globalization continues to accelerate.


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If you know Chinese, Spanish and English, you can communicate with most people on Planet earth. That's what our schools should be teaching.