In our present world, a lot of things have changed and evolved. We have more cultural diversity, Political diversity, social diversity, religious diversity and more importantly linguistic diversity than we did in the early formation of the Earth. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages, which is beyond amazing. Language for some is just a simple way of communicating but there is more into that which an increased number of people are coming to the realization of how important and beneficial knowing another language can be not only for communicating, but improving our networking habits, boost career opportunities, delay some diseases and for those who love traveling, make it more fun.
Firstly, we ought to comprehend more clearly the importance of language. Language is not only used to communicate, transmit a message or entertaining; and if we are looking for something more than just all the above for example networking, there are lots of things that comes into place and being bilingual or multilingual can be helpful because, you will not only associate and converse with people who speak you mother language, but with others who speak the language you’ve learned which will make you be more sociable, approachable in meeting new people and connecting with them which in the process of communicating with them will broaden and improve your use of the language.
Secondly, we know how competitive and difficult it is to truly find a job that fits our standards and with a high paying income. Therefore, being bilingual does not only make you more marketable, but you will gain respect and admiration from your fellows and sometimes your employer. It shows that you’re willing to put effort into adapting to the world around you to help the enterprise or business you are working with. However, if you are a business owner or plan to be one, bilingualism comes in handy too. It will be easier to make business and trade with foreign partners or countries and customer. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to participate in the global community in more ways, get information from more places, and learn more about people from other cultures.
Thirdly, being in health is something everyone wants, but as the world is changing, humans are also changing, and new diseases are being discovered yearly. Researchers have found that actively using two languages seems to have a protective effect against age-related dementia. Specifically, among patients with Alzheimer’s in a Canadian study, a group of bilingual adults performed on par with a group of monolingual adults in terms of cognitive tests and daily functioning. But when researchers looked at the two groups’ brains, they found evidence of brain atrophy that was five to seven years more advanced in the bilingual group. In other words, the adults who spoke two languages were carrying on longer at a higher level despite greater degrees of damage.
Another example will be some individuals with rare cases of sickness sometimes find themselves traveling to a city, country, or continent where treatment for their diseases or conditions are available. Occasionally, those individuals may encounter language barrier with the medical staff and will need assistance to understand what is going on. Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Which simply means, if you talk to someone who don’t understand what you are saying, the won’t simply comprehend. This is where interpreters or translators are needed and will play a major role, because they will ensure the patient understands what the doctor is saying and translate to the doctor what the patient said which demands lots of skills such as, listening, speaking skills also, being able to switch from one language to the other(being bilingual or multi-lingual).
Lastly, in our present world where tourism and traveling are one of the top things many people are eager to do to explore new horizons, cultures, landscapes, taste new stuff and enjoy themselves without being bother by anyone or anything and be independent, as a result knowing another language is a bonus for you because not only will it reduce the cost of your expenses in paying someone else to translate you. You will be independent and not have someone following you everywhere you go to translate you. This will surely make your vacation more fun and unique because you will have the liberty to do whatever you want, at what time you want to do it without thinking of bothering someone else.
In conclusion, a bilingual brain is not necessarily a smarter brain, but it is proving to be a more flexible, more resourceful one. In a polyglot world, that’s a lesson that a largely monoglot country like the U.S. ignores at its peril. “Monolingualism,” says Gregg Roberts, a language-immersion specialist with the Utah state office of education, “is the illiteracy of the 21st century.”