The Power of Language and How it Can Shape Your Workplace

Do you know that one in six business in the United States (where 33% of mid to large companies serve multicultural/multilingual clientele) lose business opportunities because of lack of foreign language skill?

That is why more companies continue to seek professionals with global talent so that they can improve the internal team functions. You can now see why investing in a second language for your business is essential. Don’t you?

Today’s business world is facing tremendous growth. Businesses are activating and evolving in a diverse environment and have less respect for physical boundaries. Thanks to globalization, we live in a world where businesses can extend across borders. This has increased language proficiency as a skill that can boost anyone’s career.

In English speaking countries, the proficiency of a second language is quite scarce. Also, business managers have started to understand the impact it can have on their business.

Don’t underestimate the power of language and the way it can affect your employees, customers, and business. Here’s how the power of language translates to the progress in your workplace.

Grow and Retain More Clients

The key to the success of any business is happy clients! To keep your customers happy you’ve got to understand their needs as well as their culture and how it relates to the service or product you’re offering.

One of the ways to show your clients that you care is by offering support in their native language. You should consider hiring local people for the client support position.

That aside, you still have to train them on how to communicate with English speaking people effectively. Doing so will help maintain an open communication in your business.

Actions and Value

The values we hold guide our behavior while our actions tell others about the kind of value we hold. In the work set-up, defining shared values helps employees hold each other accountable. For instance, a group can choose to identify the kind of values they aspire to and actions to reflect on the values.

Take note that this can be accomplished if you use language to define, name, and identify them. The goal here is to develop definitions that allow the members of a group to observe their behavior and state confidently that they are behaving accordingly.

The direction of your business/company can be clearly stated through proper presentations. You can enroll your employees or workmates to a presentation skills workshop where they can acquire the right skills on how to effectively express their projects and opinions.

When you get to know your teammates and colleagues as unique individuals, you’ll be in a better position to understand how different they are from you. This will then inform the way you package information or use your language.

If you take time to ensure a greater collective understanding, your ability to effectively collaborate goes way up. The ability to solve complex workplace problems will also be significantly improved.

Market Shares and Sales

The United States has a significant shortage of people who can speak a second language. Statistics show that only 18% of the population can speak a second language! Given that some of the best business opportunities are from the growing markets in developing countries, getting in touch with business partners in such regions can prove challenging.

If you’re looking to increase sales and market share, you need to have a team of multilingual people. Such a team will help communicate with your business partners and convince them why your product or service is powerful and deserves attention.

Language and Collaboration

Collaboration is an effective way a business can solve complex problems. The disconnect in collaboration comes about as a result of us not sharing common ground on what collectively informs our action. We are so quick to use words and we are a little careless sometimes, which creates room for misunderstanding.

Not that we do it on purpose, it’s just that we are clear in our minds that it does no harm, but it doesn’t dawn on us that others might not be feeling the same way! The workplace requires people to work collectively, and while we try to make things simple and clear for easy sharing, others don’t see it the same way.

In the same vein, when you look at presented information, you’ll see something close to what the presenter planned, but so much will escape your attention. This can sometimes lead to frustration on both sides.

Inclusion and Diversity

People from different backgrounds and culture are different in their own way, and it’s the manager’s job to create a perfect working environment. This might be difficult, but it empowers the manager and employees to tackle diversity through disruption of the daily business routine.

As a manager, you’ll get informed on the business etiquette of your employee’s countries. The employees will also learn that being different isn’t a bad thing, and they will be open to communication and conflict resolution without negative consequences. Businesses that promote respect and diversity towards each other tend to grow in foreign markets!

Better Prepared Experts

If companies are looking to invest and grow in a foreign market, they’ve to send the manager to start the process. Sometimes these people might have to be relocated and live in the targeted region until things get going.

The challenge is that most managers have to deal with the language barrier, which makes the process more difficult. If you train people to learn a second language, you’ll have managed this issue. This is great for your business as it leads to smoother penetration process in the foreign markets.

Get To Realize The Power Of Language!

Multilingual people are an essential part of any organization. If a business has to transact beyond the borders, such individuals come in handy.  They can effectively sell what the business is all about, hence bringing new clientele onboard.

The power of language isn’t just about business; employees can realize an excellent work environment with effective communication. If employees share common ground on what informs their decisions, businesses can effectively solve complex problems.

The value and action of employees define how a business operates. Once a business clearly defines its shared values, employees get to hold each other accountable.

Are your employees finding it difficult to learn a second language? Check out our blog to learn some of the tips for learning any language.

4 Fantastic Tips for Learning Any Language

Did you know that 43% of people in the world speak two languages? Fewer people (40% of the world’s population) only speak one language.

This is one of those times when following the crowd is actually a good thing.

Are you ready to join the majority? Here are a few tips you can use for learning any language.

1. Find Your Motivation

Learning a language takes a lot of work.

You have to immerse yourself in the language in order to grasp it quickly. It’s actually far better to spend a couple of weeks intensely studying than an hour a day for several months.

However, you won’t be able to be intense about it if you don’t have a strong motivation. Do you want to be able to travel through the country that speaks your target language? Plan a trip as a reward and put up a photo where you’ll see it every day as a reminder.

Or maybe you want to be able to delve into a new culture and learn from the natives in their own language. Perhaps something as simple as an inspirational quote about wordsis enough to fuel your passion.

Whatever your motivation is, find it and find a way to always keep it in front of you.

2. Embrace Feeling Stupid

This might sound like a strange tip for learning a language, but hear us out. As a language learner, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You’ll say things wrong, and sometimes use words that don’t mean what you think they mean.

You may feel silly or downright stupid when you get it wrong. But don’t worry, you’re your biggest critic. No one else thinks you’re stupid. You’re actually brilliant for even making the effort.

3. Learn How to Learn

Learning how to learn is a whole art form in itself. The field is so intense that you can even study it at the Master’s level. For instance, a Master of Education, Learning, Cognition, and Development from Rutgers Online (RU MELCD).

As far as learning a new language goes, figure out how you learn best and use those techniques in your study. Are you more visual? Pictures associated with words may work better for you. Is music your forte? Try listening to songs in your target language.

4. Immerse Yourself

Going to a place where the people speak your target language is the best way to immerse yourself in a language.

But what if you can’t do that?

You can still find ways to immerse yourself at home. Watch movies or listen to music in your target language. You can even just have that going on in the background as you go about your day.

As you improve, read books or the news in your target language. Get creative and you can immerse yourself in a new language from the comfort of your own home.

Learning Any Language Is Possible

With dedication and hard work, learning any language is possible. Set yourself up for success with realistic expectations and these tips that we’ve outlined here.

Are you curious about the 1,000 most used words in English? Find out here!

Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2017 is Absorbance

As each year draws to a close, Omnilexica releases its Word of the Year and its Top 10. This is based upon the usage or the number of searches. This list reveals certain words that have impacted on each of us in one way or the other, throughout the year.

Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2017 is… absorbance.

Tell you what! – Absorbance made it to the top of the list this year! Ever been struck by the thought that a lot of persons must have searched for this word in 2017? Well, maybe yes or maybe no! Yet it is well represented in almost all walks of life.

This word can be defined as a measure of the amount of light or other electromagnetic radiation that is absorbed when passing through a substance. It is a physical property, yet it finds itself thriving in so many fields of life ranging from medicine, chemistry, biology etc.

Having this technical term top the list, merely shows that technology has undauntedly become a part of our day to day life. Technology has invariably made a lot of fascinating changes in our daily lives, so it is no strange thing that people keep searching for these technical terms. Many people are beginning to search for these terms so as to understand and get more involved in technological trends in our world today.
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Romanian Quotes about Words and Communication

Nowadays, quotes are more popular than ever. Some of them are have a huge success, because they manage to contain in just a few words an idea that can reach to the heart of many readers.

Usually, we don’t think about quotes as cultural vehicles. But this is what they really are. By means of translation, they travel the world, carrying with them not just the idea of one author or another, but a part of his culture as well.

This is what Intercogito intends to do, a project that aims to promote the Romanian culture around the world, by introducing 1000 classic Romanian quotes, translated in 5 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
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Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2016 is Ethnocentrism

Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2016 selection has brought some very interesting insights and we would like to share it with you.

Omnilexica.com was busy all 365 days of the year. People from all parts of the world visited the online dictionary to find the meanings of words that they didn’t know.

We have looked back to find out the Word of the Year for 2016 and have come up with the Top Ten terms that were most searched by users all though the year.

The word that tops’ the list is “ethnocentrism“, which has become very relevant in today’s context, when the world is in turmoil with ethnicity becoming a byword for inter-racial disharmony. This word can be defined as the belief in the intrinsic superiority of culture, nation or group to which a specific person belongs. It is usually associated by feelings of dislike for the other groups.

It is a good thing that people are searching for this word. It indicates that more people become aware of this prejudice. They realize that other cultures have their own unique practices and views. As a result, they would tend to accept the views of people who belong to different cultures. This would lead towards cultural harmony and world peace in the long run.
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Omnilexica’s Word of the Year 2015 is Salad Bowl

What word people have searched in our database the most? So folks this is the start of year 2016 and it’s about time for us to answer this question. Considering the queries users have entered in the search box of Omnilexica.com, we have selected “salad bowl” as the Word of the Year 2015 – although it is not a word but a phrase.

Some of you may be thinking that at on what criteria we’ve crowned “salad bowl” as the Word of the Year. Well, here at Omnilexica we do look at a couple of factors before reaching at a decision:

  1. Number of queries throughout the year
  2. Message that a word or a phrase is sending

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English as a Global Language

Why we need a global language and which language can be considered for this taking various factors into consideration?

As in species survival, dominance, proliferation and extinction, in language too there are many factors which contribute to similar situations.

If we get down to serious research on each and every one of these areas of survival and extinction of different languages and the dominance of certain languages in certain geographical locations/regions, in certain specific domains of life etc, probably we can simultaneously document many other areas of life on earth which has either influenced or impacted these developments and vice versa that is how certain languages have influenced and impacted many areas of life on earth.

This is a very vast area of research but in this article I plan to restrict to very limited area of language i.e. the prevalence, preponderance, preference for English.
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Labor Days – a Play That Needs Your Help

It’s not a topic that gets brought up, or talked about very often, or even very openly. It may have something to do with not wanting to look overly “sensitive”, or easily offended, or even critical. But I can guarantee you that, at some time in the lives and experiences of those of us who come from an Italian-American heritage, we find ourselves more than a little bothered.

When is it? What causes this kind of reaction? It’s the way someone from our family background gets depicted in popular culture – be it in feature films, or on television, or as material in a stand-up comedy routine that’s a sure-fire laugh-getter. The men associated with any of these situations are certain to be wearing gaudy gold chains, with a strong chance they’ve got a gun tucked out of sight. The women will likely have teased hair two feet high, provocative apparel and layers of make-up. And their language is liberally sprinkled with obscenities. That’s how the “general public” sees Italian-Americans.
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Omnilexica as oEmbed provider

Omnilexica provides a huge amount of lexical and encyclopedic content in a unified form. The most prominent feature is that it defines almost every word, expression, name, or title you can find in an English text.

There are many cases when you may want to include a definition in an article or web application, so Omnilexica makes this easier by becoming an oEmbed provider. From what we can find, Omnilexica is the first oEmbed provider for a dictionary – even more, an encyclopedic one!
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Improve your vocabulary on the Start Screen

One of the features introduced by Windows 8 in 2012 and improved by Windows 8.1 in 2013 is the Start Screen – the front-end interface that shows up immediately after the user logs in the operating system and allows to quickly start the most important applications. The Start Screen is full of tiles and many of them show dynamic content. In some cases, this is really useful, not just some fancy stuff.

The Internet became a vital part of computing. In essence, a website is an online application, so it isn’t a surprise that it’s possible for a website to be pinned to the Start Screen. The website can also provide dynamic content for the tile, making it more than just a simple shortcut to the home page.

This is precisely what Omnilexica.com does. When it is pinned to the Start Screen, it provides for the tile random definitions of not so common words and expressions. This content is rotated and automatically updated. If you drag the tile in a visible spot, you’ll see it from time to time, so in that way you’ll improve your vocabulary.
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