Switching between Dialects or languages.

Switching between languages is a necessary challenge for all multilingual people.

Children face a world that demands the ability to speak in separate languages, whether Spanish, English or Arabic. This is why there is such a demand for English learning alongside the Arabic in the school system. At Oak lane, we all encourage language learning at a young age, this is paramount to success, inside and outside the classroom.

In some countries such as Qatar, English is the non official language for business. It is the language which all government officials and business peoples from around Europe and Asia must speak in. What is great about Qatar is the truly multicultural setting of the city. There are many people here every corner of the world to make business.

What challenges to business’s face in a multilingual world?

It is not a case of having challenges, more so obligations and opportunities.

Doha City for business

have you considered legal translations services in Doha, Qatar for example. A company called TranlationsServicesPlus.com have particular experience in this field. They company have a really great turn around time and have some intimate knowledge of the Doha area which always helps. They also offer general translations for businesses in general, but can give particular expertise in medicine or aviation.

What are the most common challenges when trying to learn Arabic? Arabic as a very strange grammar structure for western people to understand. It can often taken 2 – 3 years at at least for a westerner to gain the language, if he or she attends a language school on a regular basis. Often a personal translator is needed to assist in business meetings or showing person around a certain area.

A difficulty with learning or translating arabic is the number of dialects that exist in the particular language.

Interesting resource on the roots of the Arabic language. Click here to go the the Linguistics websites. It is for people who would an in depth analysis of the different dialects of Arabic.

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Learning a language from an early age

The importance of starting young.

For children, the brain is like sponge. It sucks up anything and everything it is given. This is why it is so essential to feed young people the right information.

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Opinion: why the next generation must be bilingual


In a global village, communication is key. The world is changing rapidly. It is no news that in America today Spanish is second most important  and widely spoken language. -something which is only going to increase as the country’s hispanic population grows. In some states, Spanish is quickly becoming the main language. Spanish is spoken widely throughout the world. All over Latin America, the Canary Islands, as well as mainland Spain. In total there are over 350 million Spanish speakers globally.

But for any parent wondering whether obtaining a new language if useful for the future, here are some points to consider:

It’s much easier to pick up a second language as a child. For young children, their brains are like sponges and can pick up information and learn it extremely quickly. Generally, the older as adult we become, the harder it is to pick up. Allowing your child to learn this at an early age is one of the best gifts you can do.

Bilingual children have also been shown to perform better academically.
It equips children for living in a globalised world. Having an international mindset is a real advantage in today’s world. Knowing Chinese or Spanish offers huge career opportunities and will make it much easier to compete.

What should adults be doing?

So what can you do If you are an adult? Well, the good news is its never too late.  Attending night classes can help. Going abroad is often the most effective and fun alternative. Why not find a Spanish school in Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the language? There are plenty of software products out there, but in practice the best method is always through direct communication.

Map of global language per population


Language learning resources:

Babel Spanish School - A language academy centre in South Tenerife. Has great facilities and caters to a wide range of learning needs. For anyone in the US who doesn’t know, Tenerife is a tiny island of the coast o Africa, but is actually part of Europe. The school is based on the south the island and is an ideal setting for anyone who wants to study Spanish and enjoy the Canarian culture.  > Babel Spanish School <

Babel academy El medano

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents/articles/how-young-children-learn-english-another-language Official government resource for language education.

www.marketmylanguageschool.com - Language school marketing consultant.