Jan 29, 2019
James is director and head of short term interest rate products at the London branch of a German bank.
In this interview, James explains why he wanted to learn German despite the fact that as an English speaker, he could have got away with just speaking English. He talks about the challenging aspects of learning a foreign language, like understanding different accents, speaking despite knowing that your sentence is not going to be perfect, or his German colleagues having to slow down and readjust their German to make it easier for him to understand.
And he also talks candidly about the appreciation and respect he gets when German partners see him speaking their language, as well as the business and career opportunities that learning a foreign language can bring.
At the end of our conversation, James shares what strategies have worked for him when it comes to improving his German and how he feels about dealing with the inevitable mistakes and occasional embarrassment that are part of the language learning process.
About the host, Gabriella Ferenczi:
Gabriella Ferenczi is a German and Hungarian language coach, founder of ProLingua Global, a London-based language training company.
Gabriella is a linguist and language enthusiast. Her mission with ProLingua Global is to help Uk businesses to operate more effectively in a global, multicultural and multilingual world, take advantage of more opportunities and strengthen international trade relationships.
Gabriella believes that learning a new language promotes understanding between people, businesses, countries and cultures. It bridges gaps and enables to build meaningful connections.