The internet, the Euro, and increased movement and communication between all countries of the world have made it essential to consider learning new languages. A business consultant in London can’t restrict him/herself to English and French. Trade is moving farther and farther into Eastern Europe, including Poland. It is becoming essential for members of the business community to learn Polish.
There are many Polish speaking people in the UK and all around the world. Many companies can easily conduct business with Poland, because they have Polish speakers on staff. That isn’t always possible for a smaller company. What do you do in that instance? Translation services are expensive, and may not be available when you need them.
The quickest answer: Learn to speak Polish.
Learning any language, including Polish, can be relatively easy, if you decide that you want to do it. Certainly, it is more difficult for an adult to learn a new language than for a child, but it is possible. Many schools in London, and around the world, dedicate themselves to teaching languages to the business community. They have highly trained, experienced teachers who custom tailor programs for every need, including learning Polish for business.
The first step to learning any language is studying the basic grammar. Every language has its own framework from which all sentences and communication are built. Many people totally ignored and despised grammar when younger. Accepting that grammar is important and useful will assist you in learning Polish, or any language quickly and easily.
A great tip for learning a new language is accepting that it can be fun. Treat it like a new adventure, even if you are learning Polish for business purposes. Your brain will love it. The grammar may seem complicated at first, but enjoy the newness of the experience. Use it to fuel your curiosity. Polish is a language with very specific endings that create very specific meanings. Embrace the differences, instead of fearing them. Keeping this philosophy will allow you to learn all aspects of the language and create many new experiences.
Look for a school that has courses which are designed specifically for the business community. Teachers at these schools know what the average business person is looking for. They have experienced the challenges that others have faced before you, and have created courses that address your needs. Those who create the materials used are aware of the business languages and of current import and export regulations. They know what you should learn before you attempt to communicate on your own.
The schools provide course material designed to teach the grammatical aspects of the Polish language, but they go beyond that. Each course will give you building blocks to learn the language at a pace that you can manage. You’ll have opportunities to learn the basics and opportunities to practice. Some courses may be a combination of verbal and written. Some may focus more on participating in meaningful conversations. All will ensure that you get whatever you need from the course that you register for.
You may find that learning Polish requires multiple courses. It depends on your personal requirements. You may just have a client or two in Poland who have difficulty speaking your language. Studying the basics of Polish can assist you to communicate with them. If nothing else, it is nice to say “Czea” (hello) or “powodzenia!” (good luck!) to your clients to make them feel comfortable when working with them.
If you plan to go to Poland to oversee the manufacture of your products, you will want to do a more intensive study of the language. Consider learning every aspect of conversation, along with learning to read and write in Polish. Your studies will be more intense and will require more time. Be certain that the courses that you choose will meet your goals as you study.
The nice thing about learning Polish for business, or any language, is the doors that open for you. Businesses grow, because you meet more people. You expand your business network in new directions that are closed to you when you limit yourself to one or two languages.