Why is it Important?

It is important to learn foreign languages in this rapidly changing world. Nowadays we are connected with people belonging to different cultures, communities and those who speak different languages. Work and educational opportunities have allowed us to travel to different places, meet new people and leave our footprints across the globe.

In this global world, communication is key and speaking a foreign language is an added advantage. Learning and speaking a foreign language not only helps communicate with people across the world but also leads to career development and personal growth.

Speaking multiple languages is extremely beneficial and provides various opportunities such as the following-

  1. Higher education

While applying abroad for higher education, speaking the native language always increases the chances of the student in gaining admission. It helps the student adjust quickly in his/her new surroundings.
Many universities require their students to speak the native language of the country.  For example- The students pursuing medicine in Russia should be fluent in Russian.

  1. Impressive résumé
    Let’s just put it out there, your knowledge of multiple languages will look great on your résumé. Nowadays, speaking multiple languages is an added bonus. 
  2. Build new connections
    Communicating with people, sharing ideas and experiences becomes so much easier when you are talking to people in their native language. While other languages might be known and spoken but there is always a chance of misinterpretation. You can develop strong bonds, interact with professionals with ease, read literature and watch movies of different languages! 
  3. More job opportunities
    It opens up a wide variety of job opportunities not just in your native country but many other countries as well. Multilingualism is the future!  Jobs that require you to communicate in foreign languages are on the rise.  Fields such as tourism, diplomatic services, public relations and even the entertainment industry demand employees who can converse in multiple languages.  This will lead to greater work and learning opportunities and career growth as well.
  4. Improves verbal skills
    Learning a new language improves your vocabulary and knowledge of your native languages. You will start reading more books, translating words and sentences from your native language to the one you’re learning. This will improve your reading and writing skills.
  5. Travel becomes easier! 
    While travelling abroad, speaking multiple languages comes in handy. Many languages like French and Spanish are common across countries and learning them allows you to travel farther without any trouble.  You can easily find your way through streets, catch trains, order food much faster and blend in with the people. Plus, you would get a chance to practice and become fluent in the language.
  6. More exposure
    Speaking a foreign language can help you learn about different cultures, especially that of the countries where it is spoken in. So, along with a new language, you also learn about different cultures, cuisines and their people. You can acquire greater knowledge about the arts, literature and traditions. This also broadens your horizon and helps develop an open mind, so that you can look at things with a new perspective.
  7. Cognitive development
    Learning a new language can lead to greater cognitive development. People who know multiple languages have a greater attention span, thinking and problem solving skills. It also helps you retain more information, communicate and comprehend better.