The Gift of Tongues Keeps on Giving

Fluency in a second language commands a premium on the job market. How one goes about acquiring it depends on what best suits the individual

Q: What does Corporate America regard as the most efficient way to become bilingual? I'm a mechanical engineer who will graduate with a Master's degree in the spring, and am very interested in learning a second language. Is the best way to do this to get a university degree in a language? Or are there more practical ways to learn? -- M.A., Akron, Ohio

A:

Your question isn't the only one we've received lately about foreign language skill and employment. Another reader wants to know how to make fluency in a second language pay off in a job search. Let's tackle both.

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