The world is getting smaller. Communication technology erases the country boundaries. On internet the chance to meet people from another country who speak their own language is huge. Student exchange programmes become common. And travelling makes a world a small village.
Speaking one foreign language, at least English, is required to be able to survive situations mentioned above nowadays. In my opinion the ideal situation is being a bi or multilingual without forgetting the mother tongue. As I believe this is impossible, I mean forgetting the mother tongue part.
I found these two interesting infographics. As a multilingual myself, I fully agree with this information therefore I share it here.
I underline these points of benefit learning languages:
It is good for your brain
Grammar structure and learning vocabulary force the brain to work harder. In a conversation your brain decides which grammar to use and looking for a translation of words in seconds. By doing this regularly, your brain trains for a better memory.
Speaking another language makes you express yourself better. There are sayings and expressions which compliment each other due to wide comparison.
While travelling you make contact easily with the locals when you speak their language. If you at least try, they appreciate it. Understanding a menu card in a restaurant and reading directions is also not a problem. This skill surely lifts up your travel experience to a higher level.
Making contact and new friends goes better when you speak the same language which is mostly English.
This infographic is courtesy of Kaplan International.
Why is it important to learn other languages at least English? Aside from the benefits mentioned above these are my two added points:
I hope this post inspires you to learn your languages.