Q. What is the scope after learning foreign languages and where can I study?

Answer: If you acquire excellent skills in foreign languages, you will find work as an Interpreter, Translator, or as a teacher. As Interpreters you’ll accompany business executives and government officials on their tours and help them to communicate with foreign nationals. Here, you’ll not just be helping two people communicate but you will also represent your firm/country. The job calls for sensitivity to cultural differences. While interpreting you have to make sure that you retain the meaning of the sentence. It’s a tough job, as you’ll be interpreting simultaneously during conferences, meetings, speeches, etc. The interpreter in a sound proof room listens through headphones to the source speech and almost spontaneously interprets it in to the target language into a microphone. This automatically gets transmitted to earphones of the listeners.

As a Translator, you will work with publishers and translate books, scripts and articles to from one language to other. The works might be literary in nature or a simple technical manual. While, interpreters work with the spoken word, translator’s work revolves around the written language.

However, except the job of a teacher, there are very few permanent jobs in this field. Interpreters and translators generally work for fixed contractual period. The contract can be for a day or for one year or even for translating a particular book. Few companies keep interpreters and translators in their permanent payroll. Few companies like a foreign television channel’s India bureau office, a foreign newspaper’s India bureau office keep permanent staff but again the number is very few and there is a clear trend these days to hire staff on a fixed contract.

You can do foreign language courses from:

University of Mumbai
Vidyanagari Campus,Santacruz East, Mumbai - 400 098

Max Mueller Bhawan
Prince of wales Museum Annexe, Off Mahatma Gandhi Road,Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai- 400 001.

Alliances Francaises
40, New Marine Lines, Behinf Churchgate, Theosophy Hall, Mumbai- 400020.