And that is a good thing.
Native English Speakers Improve from Language Learning
There is no question that bilingualism is a good thing. There may be some question on how it should be taught, or whether there is just cause for spending the money on it, but there is certainly no question that learning a second or third language is something that benefits students.
Native English speakers don’t always have the motivation it takes to become bilingual, and for good reason: It takes quite a bit of hard work to reach fluency in a second language, and when, as is the case with English, it can be easy to never find the need to speak another language, the motivation and discipline it takes to learn new languages flies out the window.
At the same time, as the infographic below shows quite clearly, the diversity of languages in the United States means that any native English speaker who wants to should be able to find the chance to learn a new language. The landscape is becoming more and more diverse, too, meaning that our motivation to learn is (or should be) increasing with every passing year.
So Wake Up and Learn a New Language Today
We know. You probably think that by encouraging you to learn a new language, we’re encouraging ourselves out of future work. But the truth is that the more awareness there is of other languages, the greater the awareness of the need for solid professional language translation.
Children Can Learn a New Language Easily
Additionally, if you have children you may want to encourage them to learn (at least) an additional language. If you are thinking about enrolling them in a bilingual school or providing them language lessons, here are a few good reasons why this is a great idea:
- It’s easier to learn a new language when you are younger.
- It will encourage them to explore and travel the world, especially places where their second, third (and fourth) language is spoken.
- It positively develops their overall communication skills.
- Additional language knowledge will improve their chances of getting into the college of their choice.
- It will enhance their professional paths and open more doors in the future.
We encourage you to become bilingual (or trilingual) because it helps our business. The more people we have on board who understand the value of a good, professional translation, the better for us. And the better for all of us. We’re passionate about quality translation and we’re passionate about language. If you are, too, we encourage you to follow us on social media. We’re active on Google+ Facebook and Twitter. Share with us today, and let’s both encourage each other.