Languages impact our daily lives; no matter what region of the world we are in, we deal with it every day. It helps us to express our feelings and desires using words, gestures, and tone. The diverse methods we as humans use to communicate through written and spoken language is a large part of what enables us to form lasting bonds with each other.
However, the importance of communication is often overlooked. Despite our great abilities in communication, misunderstandings and mistranslations are not uncommon. No one can travel the world expecting all people to understand is or her native tongue. Whether someone travels for business or pleasure, a desire and willingness to adapt to new cultures and methods is important in order to communicate with people from various cultures.
Now that globalization is bringing the world even closer together, making nations and people more dependent upon one another to supply goods and services, solve political disagreements, and ensure international security, understanding other cultures is vital.
This brings us to the next point: learning another language is a great way to improve employment potential. Companies that plan to do business abroad need to hire bilingual or multilingual employees, and those that intend to compete internationally need employees who can proficiently communicate in the language of the country where the business is located. Furthermore, multiple government agencies, travel agencies, and several other business sectors such as engineering, communications, education, economics, international law, scientific research, and advertising, need employees that speak multiple languages. This means that knowing more than one language will open-up employment opportunities that you would not have had otherwise, no matter what you career goal is, and give you a great benefit over monolingual applicants that may be competing for the same jobs.
Moreover, the brain is a muscle that functions better with exercise, and learning another language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary which helps strengthen that muscle. It will improve overall memory, meaning that bilingual speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences, names, and directions.
Additionally, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions, because they are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their original conclusions are still right. This is because all languages contain tones and subtle implications in their vocabulary, and these factors can subconsciously influence your judgement.
Lastly, people that speak multiple languages have better multitasking skills. They are capable of going from one language to another, one language system to a totally different language system. This can be very demanding for the brain. However, those that developed this skill are excellent multitaskers and commit very minimal error when doing various activities.
These are just some of the many great reasons and benefits of learning another language. After all, it is much more than just a boost to your CV or a handy skill for travelling!