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Top Foreign Languages NUS Students Must Learn

The ability to speak fluently in a foreign language is likely to earn an ambition college student brownie points in the quest for employment. Bilingual or multilingual protective employees are generally more attractive to a shrewd employer. This is particularly the case in the context of business looking to expand into international markets. A student needs to be thoughtful when considering which foreign language to undertake their studies in. The majority of Singaporean residents are already able to speak Mandarin, however, there are four our language worth considering which are of equal high value in the context if the contemporary international job market.


After Mandarin, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spanish is the preferred tongue for approximately 500 million people around the world. Consequently, it is high probably that a prospective employer will be dealing with at least one Spanish speaking community. Spanish is best learned by listen to Spanish audio and engaging in dialogues in Spanish with native Espanol speakers. This approach will help to authentic a student’s understanding and execution of the language. Any students who develops an interest in learning Spanish is guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy the experience to learn to appreciate one of the world’s most beautiful languages.


Unlike Spanish, this language is slightly tougher to learn. German is an extremely difficult language to learn or gain familiarity with. As a consequence, it is a skill that is valued highly by many employers. Germany and other German speaking regions of the world are renowned for their contractions to science and technology and continued excellence in these fields. As a result, German is a language suited to an individual who aspires to work in or with Germany or in the tech industry. Germany has always been a leader in the global trade and investment arena, and by default, so to has the German language. Learning German who offer a student or protective employee a competitive advantage. Further, the difficultly associated with learning German has be a continuous determent, which further heightens the exclusivity and therefore desirability of a German speaking employee. Thus, fluent in German is certain to provide any student with a unique edge in the context of job applications.


The land of the rising sun sports the 3rd largest economy in the world. The country is hailed for its outstanding high-tech developments and promises a lucrative job market for the talented foreign students. Thus, Japanese is another important language to be included in your foreign language learning curriculum. It’s to mention here that Nippon people are extremely proud of their language and prefer to carry communication in their mother tongue, even with the foreigners. So, whether you are planning a career in Tokyo or need to capture the Nippon clients for your employer- fluency in Japanese will help to break the ice.


Hindi is the national language of India & the 4th most spoken in the world. The largest subcontinent represents one of the fastest rising economies in the world and very soon might overtake the other developing countries. Foreign students have excellent job and business potential here which makes Hindi fluency extremely important.

So, which one are you going to take up?

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  1. Nice post, guys! I want to start learning Spanish for a long time! Maybe I will.

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