LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
It can be daunting to set out to learn a new language. That’s why LTC’s language training programs are designed to make our students comfortable, no matter what industry they work in or how much experience they have in language learning. We offer programs in a wide variety of languages, including the ones most commonly used in business as well as some that are more rarely encountered. But with any language you want to learn, from Spanish to Somali, LTC promises exactly the same high quality standards. We know the language, and as you’ll see here, we know the culture that’s interwoven with that language.
SIESTAS, SOCIAL BARRIERS, AND A THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE
When you encounter someone from Spain, it’s actually fairly likely that they will already speak English. Most Spaniards have the upper hand in language on Americans, as language learning is emphasized there much more than here. But knowing Spanish can make relationships easier – in Spain, social groups can be more tightly knit, and it can be tough to get in if you don’t already have something in common. It’s a challenge you can face head-on.
BOW RESPECTFULLY, AND MIND YOUR SHOES
In Japanese culture, there’s very little that’s more important than respect. Respect for elders and superiors, respect for custom, respect for all others. When you meet someone from Japan, a courteous bow is expected before you say anything – whether it’s in Japanese, English, or any other language. And you’ll spend a lot of time with no shoes on, as it’s custom to remove them before entering most establishments.
FORMALITY AND HARMONY
If you’re working in a team with Chinese colleagues, you might not even know if there’s a disagreement. That’s because in the Chinese culture, it can be considered more important to get along than to be “right.” Direct confrontation, open criticism, and controversy are avoided in favor of harmony and collective well-being. And whether business or social, relationships tend to be more formal than for Americans, so don’t be surprised if even a friendship is bound in custom.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Whether you’re in Portugal or Brazil, working or socializing, it’s not a good idea to be in a rush. It’s unlikely anyone else will be. The Portuguese-speaking cultures value taking a moment to soak things in, rather than hustling constantly to stay on schedule. When you’re working and speaking in Portuguese, don’t get impatient. Just take your time.
IS THE LANGUAGE TRAINING YOU NEED LISTED?
If you haven’t come across the language you need yet, don’t worry. Our language training programs aren’t limited to Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese – we offer courses in a wide range of languages around the world. Languages like:
- American Sign Language
- English as a second language (ESL)
If you still don’t see the language you want to learn, go ahead and contact us. We’ll do our best to figure out a way to get you the training you need.