These are the topics that Edward Trimnell explores in Why You Need a Foreign Languageand How to Learn One. Ed has used foreign languages extensively in the real worldas a translator/interpreter, and then as an international buyer and sales representative.
This book consists of two parts. First, it is a call to action. For too many years, Americans and other native English speakers have ignored the strategic advantages that can be gained from knowing other languages. This book explains why we need to learn other languages, from business, social, and political perspectives. As explained within, the vague promises of "global English" will never be enough.
Secondly, this book contains the facts that you need to begin studying a foreign language. Eds approach is targeted to the working professional who wants to learn though self-study. You will also find out how to apply your new language skills in your career.