Corporate language training has more relevance than ever before in an increasingly globalised twenty-first century. Many companies are taking advantage of the situation to outsource work to countries where it can be done cheaply and with, often, less fuss. Some of the most popular fields for outsourcing are production and internet work. For example, China is famous as a hub of production where work can be completed cheaply and efficiently. An English-speaking company could probably expect to get a better deal by sending a Chinese-speaking delegate to negotiate, especially one with an understanding of local culture. Indeed the number of British businessmen who learn business Chinese is increasing every year.
Internet work is obviously a prime candidate for outsourcing to various parts of the world. British web designers cannot hope to compete with people in cheaper parts of the world, such as the Middle East and South America. The shrewd online operator will learn business Spanish to ensure the best possible deals with suppliers in Latin America. The money spent on, say, a private Spanish course in Liverpool can pay for itself many times over by employing highly skilled and qualified web-designers in a country such as Argentina or Chile, where the British Pound goes a lot further. Of course, dealing with designers in the Middle East, it could make sense to learn business Arabic to ensure the best possible deals.
Of course, people working in import/export have known all about the benefits of speaking another language fluently for years. It makes perfect sense for a wine merchant to learn business French in order to deal with the many wonderful wineries around Britain's closest neighbour in mainland Europe. Similarly, some vineyard owners have taken the step of learning business English in London to appeal to the widest range of buyers from around the world. Flower importers would do well to learn business Dutch, particularly those involved in the import of tulips.
Another popular area for import/export is the Far East. Since World War II, Japan has been a major exporter of consumer goods, ranging from electronics (such as mobile phones) to a fantastic array of musical instruments. Indeed, Japanese-produced Fender guitars are now seen to come a close second to those produced in the USA, where they were once seen to be greatly inferior. A private Japanese course in London would be the perfect way to learn Japanese for business. One-to-one classes can be quite hard work, but there is no denying that it is easier to make more specific progress than with group classes. For learning a language conversationally, the opposite can sometimes be true, as the energy contained within a group of learners can really contribute to language learning. Of course, a private German course in London will usually be more flexible regarding timings and workload, which is exactly what busy businessfolk need.