New technology links the world as never before. Our planet has (36) ______ . It's now a "global village" where countries are only seconds away by fax or phone or (37) ______ link. And, of course, our ability to benefit from this high-tech communications equipment is greatly (38) ______ by foreign language skills.
Deeply involved with this new technology is a (39) ______ of modern business people who have a growing respect for the economic value of doing business abroad. In modern markets, success overseas often helps support (40) ______ business efforts.
Overseas assignments are becoming (41) ______ important to advancement within executive ranks. The executive (42) ______ in another country no longer needs to fear being "out of sight and out of mind." He or she can be sure that the overseas effort is (43) ______ to the company's plan for success, and that promotions often follow or accompany an assignment abroad. If an employee can (44) _____________________________________________________________________________________ where cross-cultural and foreign language issues are becoming more and more prevalent.
Thanks to a variety of relatively inexpensive communications devices with business applications, (45) ___________________________________________________________________ .
English is still the international language of business. (46) ____________________________________________________ . A second language isn't generally required to get a job in business, but having language skills gives a candidate the edge when other qualifications appear to be equal.