Learning Spanish is a plus, bilingual? trilingual? - page 2

Hi guys, From the articles that I've read, it shows that there is a growing Hispanic population in the U.S. (and other countries as well). Does this mean that we have to prepare ourselves to learn... Read More

  1. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥} profile page
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    I would learn Chinese language instead! China is growing, they have the biggest population! Its not an easy language and i dont like it at all, but it will be totally useful in the future. There are a lot of people who speak Spanish in US, there are so many interpreters. No need for nurses, businessman to learn Spanish .
    Sure, learning Mandarin would be a fabulous skill but:

    (a) I come across few Mandarin-only speakers (and here in NorCal, there's a fairly high density) and even fewer who present without family around

    (b) As with any language, the only way to become proficient is through regular use; unless you have a friend or colleague with whom you can practice several times per week, or a regular patient base in Mandarin, you're not likely to get very far.

    And for emphasis:
    No need for nurses, businessman to learn Spanish.
    I don't know about where you are but in these parts (urban NorCal), we have a hugh Spanish-only population and there aren't that many bilingual staff and even fewer interpreters *readily available* I have found Spanish to be incredibly useful in my day-to-day nursing and mine isn't even that good but it's sufficient for the basics of assessment and care.

    For certain, Spanish is huge and I seriously doubt will be displaced by Mandarin... not even close, in fact.
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  3. Visit  ak2190} profile page
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    I'm trilingual but dang it if I don't wish one of them was Spanish.
  4. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP} profile page
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    We must have several staff members who speak Spanish, and it is an absolute requirement for the RN. Could not function safely otherwise.


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