Language is a key part of any family, community, culture and the human race. From cavemen to the Egyptian use of hieroglyphics, to Old English, many languages have been spoken around the world today and the advances that humans have made in the language is inspiring. The ability to speak, read, write and understand more than one language expands the liberties in life.

Travel and work are obviously the most popular reasons to learn a foreign language. People all over the world learn foreign languages like English, German and Spanish with the objective of living or working in countries where these languages are spoken. This, however, does not mean that someone who has no intention to visit or work in a foreign country does not have to learn a foreign language. Actually, learning a second or third language benefits everyone.

The advent of the technology, today is surging through all spheres of life, and no doubt, it is revolutionizing the field of education. We can now meet people from all parts of the world online. If we speak a foreign language, we will also be able to talk to them, share ideas and get answers to our questions. This clearly explains why an inability to speak a foreign language is a disability in this modern world. When we learn a foreign language, we also develop respect for the culture of the people who speak that language. This understanding and admiration for other cultures forge better relationships between people and nations.

English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language of 53 countries and spoken by around 400 million people across the globe. Learning English is important as it enables you to communicate easily with your fellow global citizens.

As a Spanish language certificate holder, I have got the information that Spanish is the second largest language in the United States. There are over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, with the majority of them being Spanish speakers. Latin American countries are our most important trading partners. Being able to speak Spanish greatly enhances your resume. If you are bilingual you are more competitive in the workplace.

Whether as a Spanish teacher or that of any discipline, you can make a difference in the field of education. Your language skills will enable you to interact with English Language Learners. You can travel to a Spanish-speaking country and really get to know the culture.

Language improves our cognitive skills. Studies have shown that bilingual people are smarter than people who speak only one language. Multilingual people are even smarter. Learning a foreign language helps our brain in many ways. It allows us to make connections faster and remember things better. It is not surprising that bilingual people earn higher salaries and make better relationships

Amrita Chakraborty, India

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