Why learning Spanish is a good investment.

A recent study, the Urban Investment Attractiveness Index (INAI for short), published by Bogota’s University of Rosario and a Chilean business intelligence firm has shown the growing importance of Latin America for long term investments. The buying power, reputation and global presence, urban comfort, the potential for financing new projects and the quality of university education are taken into consideration, and shows the increasing availability of Latin American countries offering a platform for investments.

Mexico City and Santiago rank in the second and third place for the best investment environment, and Bogota, the Colombian capital, rose from ninth to fifth place, thanks to recent internal developments. Lima also saw a rise to fourth place,  and the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires continues to be attractive to developers.

With the growing importance of Latin America in the business world, speaking Spanish language will give you the advantage of outpacing your competitors in this challenging business world. While it may seem like a bad time to enroll in a Spanish course, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.

There are so many internet resources available. To keep up your Spanish, or to learn new vocabulary that will be useful to your business venture, read the online newspapers in Spanish, sign up for Skype language exchanges, or download Spanish language podcasts to listen to on your commute. Just that little bit of daily Spanish can keep your language skills growing.

Keep and eye out for special offers on language courses, especially with the summer sales on at the moment! Make sure you do sufficient research before you enroll, especially with in-country language courses. How much more are you missing out on for that cheaper course, would the intensive option be more effective for you?  While the big cosmopolitan, capital cities are really appealing, would it be cheaper to live in a smaller town? Every little helps.

Ask around for advice; locals are a great source of knowledge. You could save yourself the money buying a guidebook by going to the nearest tourist information office. It’s free, and a great way to sneak in some language practice!

Language graduates are always in demand. Translation or interpreting jobs aside, the education, marketing and sales sectors really appreciate language skills and major global companies value bilingualism too. Furthermore, if you have your sights set on greener pastures, English teachers are finding work the world over. Why not get qualified to teach English as a foreign language, and travel the world with your linguistic skills.

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