Should everyone learn at least one other language?

Yes, and here are some reasons why.

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Should everyone learn at least one other language?

Alayah Dial, Contributor

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I think that you should learn a least one language in addition to your first language because it can take you many places in life. You many think that you don’t need to learn another language to get through life which you don’t, but  you should. There are so many things you can experience by learning other languages; you can see how things are phrased in other languages and how you would respond to a situation if a foreigner approached you and you knew their language. According to the Learning Network article, there are multiple reasons to support why multilingualism is still important. For example, it can help you get a job, it can increase your cognitive abilities, and it can provide “insight into another way of thinking, another mind-set.” I strongly agree with this statement because learning a different language does help you with those things in a long run. There are cases where you’d have a better chance at getting a job if you knew a different language. Certain jobs look for people who know more than one language because sometimes they might need a translator to help them with something. If that doesn’t convince you then, here are some facts from the “Lead with Languages” article:

  1. One of the most rewarding aspects of the human experience is our ability to connect with others. Being able to communicate with someone in his or her language is an incredible gift.
  2. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. They switch between competing tasks and monitor changes in their environment more easily than monolinguals, as well as display signs of greater creativity and flexibility.
  3. Language is the most direct connection to other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language exposes us to and fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language.
  4. Traveling as a speaker of the local language can revolutionize a trip abroad. While monolingual travelers are capable of visiting the same places, travelers who know more than one language are more easily able to navigate outside the tourist bubble and to connect and interact with the place and its people in a way that is often inaccessible to those without the language.
  5. In a world of more than 6,000 spoken languages, we sometimes require translation, but speaking at least one additional language empowers us to access information that would otherwise be off-limits.
  6. Any language learner can attest to making his or her share of mistakes while discovering a new language—often in front of an audience. It’s a necessary part of the learning process! Learning a language means putting yourself out there and moving out of your comfort zone.
  7. As we explore a new language and culture, we naturally draw comparisons to what is most familiar. Learning about another culture sheds light on aspects of our own culture—both positive and negative—we may not have previously considered.

So, if you ever think about learning a new language ,then you should really go for it because it will really be a good decision and you won’t regret making it.

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