By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 9, 2011
Do you speak three or more languages fluently?
When it comes to being a voice talent, having multiple languages at your disposal opens more doors of opportunity with the ability to service a wider range of clients.
If you're a polyglot, be sure to join the conversation in today's VOX Daily!
Are you one of those people who loves languages and has learned to speak many different tongues?
If not us ourselves, nearly everyone knows someone who has mastered a number of foreign languages and studies them for pure enjoyment. I have a brother-in-law who is one such person. He speaks a number of languages and reads dictionaries, books and newspapers in French, Italian, and Spanish to name a few.
Learning languages other than your own can also be helpful particularly when traveling or doing business. While English is a popular language and a lot of business is conducted in English, languages spoken in Asia such as Mandarin Chinese, for example, are becoming more and more important for building relationships and closing deals with companies overseas.
Earlier yesterday morning, voice talent Paul Strikwerda put his polyglot skills to work from his home in the United States, writing, "I'm quite proud of myself. Got up at 4:00 a.m. to record a script for a client in Italy in four languages. Time to get some coffee!"
The languages Paul was recording in were German, French, Italian and English.
Growing up in Holland afforded Paul the rare opportunity to be schooled in many languages in order to communicate with others outside of the Netherlands. When you come from a country that speaks a language not spoken by those outside of it, (minus ex-pats, diplomats and so forth), learning additional languages becomes a necessary part of life.
Paul thanks his parents for his abilities to speak multiple languages as well as the small country he grew up in, acknowledging that "Not too many people speak Dutch, and that's why the Dutch learn to speak other languages."
What are those languages and what do you use them for?
Be sure to comment on today's VOX Daily and let me know!
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