Without a doubt, learning the
English and Russian language has prepared me to work in the competitive
business environment along with developing a holistic persona socially and
culturally. As the world is turning into a global village, by learning new
languages, I have sharpened my communication skills and updated my knowledge in
science and technology, businesses, cultures, etc..
English and Russian both were
a part of the school curriculum. My education starting from kindergarten to
University has been in English. I started learning Russian in school in 6th
grade but carrying forward Russian and immersing in it completely was a well
thought decision as I wanted to familiarize myself with new cultures and
develop a global mindset. Since then, there was no looking back, and my
learning has been an incredible experience, with incredible benefits. This
learning process has been one of the most satisfying because I used it
practically during my exchange programs for day-to-day activities.
Understanding a block of text has enhanced my cognitive and perceptive
knowledge of cultures and people.
My ability to interact
globally has made me realise that I can interact directly with the producers
and fulfill needs to bring an existing solution into my local market. A new
language has melted the geographical walls and encouraged me to turn into a global
For learning a
new language, I immersed myself into the foreign culture. I concentrated on
their speech and became a patient listener and an empathiser. I have learned to
view things from the viewpoint of people from different perceptions, knowledge and
cultures. Understanding the cultural and social aspects of my international
friends, how they think, and what are their views on any particular societal or
social problem has broadened my thinking. Further, I appreciate the importance
of building a good network and leveraging it. My language skills have increased
the number of people I can communicate with around the world.
While learning a new
language, I have consistently made small, conscious decisions about which
vocabulary to use, how to structure the grammar, and what accent to speak in.
This is partly the reason for the improvement of my decision-making skills, which is an essential quality needed in
business. I can add learning a language to the list of possible solutions to
hone one’s decision making skills, as they clearly are a very crucial quality
any corporate or global leader should have.
Geoffrey Willans very aptly said, “You can never understand one language until
you understand at least two”. In the same vein, learning Russian has strengthened my knowledge of Hindi and English. The
intricacies involved in the grammar of Russian language honed my understanding of
the languages I already knew and gave me better insight as to the technical
aspects of any language. Perhaps the best thing about learning Russian has been
that it has helped me to learn more about myself. Adapting a new language and
culture has enhanced my knowledge and appreciation of my origins and