In today’s globalized work world, speaking a second language can give you a leg up: Being multilingual can multiply job opportunities and expand the scope of your work. But working in a nonnative tongue can also feel clumsy and inefficient. Writing for BBC Capital, Bogotá-based journalist José Luis Peñarredonda reveals some unexpected advantages of working in a nonnative language – including benefits in analytical thinking and negotiating. getAbstract recommends this encouraging exploration to anyone who’s struggling in a second language.
In this summary, you will learn
- What unexpected advantages derive from speaking a second language,
- Why the “foreign language effect” can help preserve relationships and
- What advantages you can gain by conducting negotiations in a foreign language.
About the Author
Bogotá-based José Luis Peñarredonda writes for BBC Future.