The best languages to learn for business and the hospitality industry

By Beata Lobertréau

Learning and speaking foreign languages opens doors to new cultures and countries, helps to work in international environments, and altogether, is an additional asset in life. In terms of employability, language proficiency constitutes a significant added value to your CV. But are there any languages in particular that might benefit a prospective hospitality industry employee?

Improving your employability with in-demand languages

The hospitality industry, a sector with a wide range of business facets driven by serving an international clientele, needs employees who are multilingual and conscious of multiculturalism. Possessing more than one language skill makes you more marketable. Being more culturally appropriate and responsive is a great advantage when dealing with international clients. In the job market, multilingual hospitality workers are in demand; multilingual candidates may be offered job opportunities that are not open to others.

Besides the top language, which is still English, other languages like Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Russian or Arabic are among the most useful languages to learn nowadays for hospitality and business. I would like to differentiate and concentrate on three languages that are among the top languages to learn specifically for the hospitality industry.

By Nora Diaz-Vasquez
Nora Diaz-Vasquez Career Counselor