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Old 07-24-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Temple City, CA
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Hello! I'm thinking of relocating to Omaha from Southern California. I've always been at a disadvantage here because I am not bilingual, and most employers look for someone who can speak Spanish or Mandarin (those are the two biggies) in addition to English.

Is not being bilingual going to put me at a significant disadvantage in Omaha, as well?

Which other languages, other than English, would come in handy the most?

Thank you!
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:56 AM
 
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I don't know about a significant disadvantage if you don't speak it, but having some Spanish anywhere in the USA can't hurt.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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There are some towns in Nebraska where being bilingual is a help. Omaha is not one of them.
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Old 07-25-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Spanish would be nice to have, but you won't have trouble finding a job as a monolingual English speaker.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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its-rosie, I'm originally from Central California, and I've lived in Omaha now for a while- being bilingual won't matter here, not at the moment- although there seems to be a larger Hispanic population here now than there was when I lived here the first time (2012, or so)- it never hurts to learn a second language, but I don't think it would be as imperative to learn one as it is in California.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Temple City, CA
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Default YAY! Thanks, all!

I'm so relieved to read your responses!


Sometimes I feel like my resume' goes straight in the trash when I don't select anything under the "languages you read/write/speak other than English" section of job applications.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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If you were moving to a city in Nebraska where meat-packing places are located, knowing Spanish would be to your advantage. Actually, knowing any language is important for reasons beyond employment. My daughter who is in high school is teaching herself multiple languages here in a small city in Nebraska. She's learned thanks to Facebook friends and a penpal website. She has spent months with foreign language speakers without ever spending a moment in a classroom, but that is her passion. She has many opportunities to speak Spanish on a daily basis, but I can travel to Lincoln or Omaha without ever hearing anything but English.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Beverly Hills
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It would be a good to learn Spanish, you just need to surround yourself with people who can speak the language. I can speak basic Spanish, now I am thinking of learning French.
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