Not many people are interested in spending time, money and effort to learn a
foreign language these days. They think that knowing their
mother tongue and English Language is good enough. This is a pity
because there are many benefits in learning a foreign language. I feel strongly
that everyone should learn at least one other foreign language in their
The most obvious benefit of knowing another language is that you can
communicate more easily with people from different parts of the world. You will
be able to learn more about another culture and form new friendships. Traveling
to other countries would be easy. For example, if you know French, you will be
able to communicate with people in most European countries, Canada, Africa and
even Vietnam. In addition, you will be able to enjoy more variety in
entertainment and reading material. Imagine being able to read and understand
Japanese comics or to watch Korean drama without reading the subtitles.
Learning a foreign language can also help you improve your studies. Students
who learn an additional language besides English are known to do better in
English and Mathematics. This is because the skills involved in learning a new
language such as analytical skills are equally important in learning other
things. As you learn a new language, you practise these skills and become even
better. This will help you when you study school subjects. So, learning a new
language for children could be as important as learning music or ballet.
Finally, the ability to communicate in another language is valuable when you
want to get a job. You will have the edge over
those who know fewer languages because you will be able to deal with people from
other parts of the world. Being multilingual
does not only make it easier for you to find a job, but also makes you more
valuable to your employer. This means that your salary and your job prospects
will be better too.
In conclusion, there are many benefits that come from learning a foreign
language. Hence, I strongly recommend that everyone learn an additional
language. The benefits gained are worth the time and effort spent.