‘Language key to boosting tourism’
Polyglotte Language Consulting has urged Malawians and the corporate world to learn different languages as one way of boosting the tourism sector in the country.
Polyglotte Operations Director, Alex Mulabu, says the only way to communicate with people from other countries that do not speak the vernacular language is by learning their culture and language.
“Most Malawians grew up speaking Chichewa and English languages and we feel very comfortable with the two. But if we are to add more foreign languages, such as Portuguese, it would mean opening up the world and we can go to Mozambique, Angola and other Portuguese speaking countries and be able to communicate,” Mulabu said.
He further said apart from boosting tourism, there are other reasons why Malawians should learn foreign languages.
“If you attend an interview, employers prefer hiring people who also know other languages. You can have the same experience but, if you speak different languages, it can make a difference and you become viable because you can communicate to different people,” Mulabu said.