We live in a time when having a strong grasp of English is a necessity. Economics or business articles are becoming more and more accessible, but many great sources of data are still found only in English-written texts and the media. This might be why many people who are working on their way to success read English texts and articles, and basically use English as their first language (at work, on Facebook, on the internet).
The other side of the coin is that even in this modern age, many people have problems with using and understanding fluent English and this creates huge language barriers.
Many companies in the Czech Republic today take the view that English is the official company language, although 95% of Czechs and Slovaks are among the employees. The question is whether this globalization is a good step forward.
For international companies, the standardization of languages is definitely an advantage, but is it necessary to speak English in the Czech environment as well? In general, knowledge of English is increasing with newer generation entering the workforce. However, a large number of employees still belong to generation X and older, where English is not at such a high level.
What to do about this?
There are two possibilities: first, to push for the use of English for all employees, regardless of their age and their current knowledge. This will bring trouble for some of them, and perhaps even termination of employment.
The second option is to avoid the difficult task of trying to standardize the language used in your company and only spend resources on improving the English of a few employees who need it fot their job.
The truth is that English becomes necessary for success in high business. It is one of the key skills of a succesfull entrepreneur.
How to improve your language education?
Foreign language teaching in Czech schools has undergone a long and difficult development. Many of us have had years of learning English at primary and secondary schools that have done little good. As with other knowledge, in languages, if you want to be successful, you need to do something extra. Take a language course abroad, learn by reading and watching TV shows in English.
Companies are increasingly learning English, but as with the problem in learning English at schools. If a person does not use the language regularly, it does not make sense to put all the effort into learning it.
And what about our children?
In today’s generation of children, English is grasped much better. Children learn English many times since kindergarten, and even today’s young parents are already aware of the power of the English language. In future generation, there will be really just few people without these language skills.
Three questions at the end
I wonder how many of our readers will read and welcome one unique article in English in Business Leaders.
Have you read up to this point?
Do you think that English belongs to Czech companies?
And do you prefer articles in English?
© Eva Roudnická