English is the universal business language in much of the world, and will probably continue that way for decades to come. In today’s ever changing business climate, knowing English is must for any business person to survive and thrive.
But what is astounding among the one time sleepy nations such as China and India is that they have introduced each other’s official language in their primary school system.
India recently decided to introduce Mandarin, and China followed by implementing Hindustani (Hindi) into their primary schools. Both countries are worlds apart when it comes to border dispute, culture and even business, but when it comes to commerce, neither is taking any chance.
On the other hand, English speaking nations such as Canada and the US are reluctant to pay any attention to what is occurring on the other side of the world.
Neither the state, school system or business leaders are making any real effort to learn other prominent languages that will be important in the coming decades: Mandarin, Spanish and Hindi.
One who fails to adapt to tomorrow’s business climate may find it difficult to catch up and survive because more noteworthy business transactions will be carried out in the East instead the West.