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Courses In Languages

One would assume the world to be an easier place to live in if bound by a singular language. Ironically, the bible would beg to differ with this flawed opinion. If you haven't already come across the tower of Babel parable, here's a brief synopsis. The world sailed smoothly to the chimes and rhymes of one common speech until man's adeptness in construction escalated spurring intentions to build a stairway to heaven. God perceived this human intention as potential chaos to humanity and enabled each builder to speak in different languages, thus disabling effective communication and quashing the infeasible operation. Not only do diversity in culture and languages co-exist, but they render the world all the more beautiful and natural. Some of us are born boys, some girls. Some of us O +ve, some B -ve. Some of us speak Mandarin, some French. Variety is irrefutably the spice if life. The onset of globalization witnessed a growing need for translators, interpreters, voice-overs, subtitlers and proofreaders. Moreover, knowing an additional language is always an added advantage to your career. Here are a few valid pointers emphasizing the scope of courses in languages.

Language Courses

Eligibility And Skills Required
So many colleges and universities offer a wide array of courses on foreign and Indian languages. You can certainly excel in whatever you aspire to do with a language as long as you put your heart and soul into it.  First, candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria for getting admission to the language courses available. A bachelors degree course in any language lasts for three years and to qualify for them, candidates must have completed their 10+2 examination in any stream. Integrated masters course in foreign languages of 5 years duration opens wide avenues for undergraduates and graduates. Diploma certificates, M.A and M.Phil’s provide students with leverage, and a PhD is the icing on the cake of a respectable language career. A candidate must have sharp ears, a good grip on the nuances in the language of his or her choice. Patience and adaptability are two imperative qualities that coax the concerned student to burst out of the comfort zone of a first language or mother tongue.

Details Of The Course
There are countless languages encompassed in this world. However, not all promise to boost one’s career. It is important that you choose wisely and take into consideration your long term goals before jumping the gun. Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, Japanese and Russian are widely spoken languages and if you specialize in these, embrace yourself for brilliant career opportunities. Language specialists play a vital role in spearheading internal trade and relations.  

Linguists study the nature and characteristics of human language which include ‘phonetics’ (the study of the physical sounds of languages) ‘morphology’ (the study of the internal structure of words) ‘semantics’ (the study of meaning) and syntax. Specialists continue to study language acquisition, the study how we acquire our native language and how we learn other languages and neurolinguistics, the study of the neural mechanisms involved in the comprehension, production and abstract knowledge of language. These areas of study facilitate several breakthroughs and enhance easy learning techniques. 

Career Prospects
As practically every industry aims at functioning globally, the demand for translators, interpreters, subtitlers and linguists double. Product manuals, business reports, business correspondence, legal documents, subtitles for films and literature all necessitate the services of a professional translator who gets well compensated depending on his or her qualification. Interpreters are needed at conferences, meetings, trials, and hospitals and can avail of positions in large organizations, such as the ‘United Nations’, governments and the military. Foreign language experts can find jobs in multinational companies outside India.  Teaching languages has opened many doors for these graduates to work in various colleges and universities. Even smaller languages like Pashpio, Uzbek, Tajik and Hebrew have a huge demand now. The film industry is on the lookout for language translators for dubbing and subtitling while newspapers and magazines are as well. Tourist guides, air hostesses and flight stewards, public relation officers and hotel managers are all preferred if they speak an extra foreign language.

Some Of The Best Institutes Offering Courses In Languages

  • School of Languages - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) - Hyderabad
  • Benaras Hindu University - Varanasi
  • University of Delhi - New Delhi
  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages - New Delhi
  • Alliance Francasie - 15 branches across India
  • Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
  • Indo - Italian Chamber of Commerce - Mumbai
  • Japanese Information and Cultural Center - New Delhi
  • Ram Krishna Mission - Kolkata
  • Indo-Japan Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, Chennai


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