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 the English Language is good enough. This is a pity because there are many benefits to learning a foreign language. I feel strongly that everyone should learn at least one other foreign language in their lifetime.
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 practice 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.