Should a person list his/her (very basic) knowledge of a language spoken in a country he may be working in on an application for a position in that country, even if the language really isn't necessary for doing the job at all?
- The actual work will be published in English
- Everyone in the department/university/practically the country speaks English (cf. "Do PhD courses in engineering fields in European non-English speaking countries require knowledge of the native language?")
- The resources which are partial to the work are all in English
- It's a linguistic community small enough that knowing the language would probably raise more questions along the lines of: "How on Earth did you come to learn
language?" than anything else
- My actual abilities, since anything you list on CV is fair game during an interview:
- My abilities in said language are not good enough to hold a conversation of any kind.
- My actual proficiency isn't in that language but rather in a ridiculous mixture of a few closely-related languages plus a large amount of creative interpretive abilities ("ah,
language_asounds a bit like
language_b!"). On the bright side, this means that my passive abilities are better than "rudimentary".
The only reason I can come up with for listing said language is that it could pique someone's interest (see question 4 above) and that it may indicate a small tendency to be able to thrive while living in the country (or rather, more accurately, the probability of the person floundering in the country may be slightly lower); So do these "soft" benefits outweigh the lack of hard ones?