This article was first created on the 2nd of October, 2014 and last updated on the 20th of April, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.
I am often faced with the question, “is it really important to learn a new language”? Or, “what are some of the reasons a person should learn a new language?”
It is not a difficult question to answer, but there are multiple answers to this question, and these answers can take varying forms.
As a language teacher, the answer to my students, or prospective student, or anyone for that matter, is a resounding ‘yes’. Yes, it is important to learn a new language. Why? Because of something called globalization.
What is globalization? Put simply, it is the world becoming smaller, or more and more connected every day. How is the world becoming smaller and smaller and more and more connected every day? Through advanced means of communication, such as mobile phones and internet and through increased trade between foreign nations, and better relations between foreign nations.
Nowadays, curiosity peaks at its highest among the youths. They want to know more and more about foreign cultures and peoples. And globalization makes this easier and easier and more and more possible. With easier and more enhanced transportation systems than ever before, language learning facilities both online and off, and student exchange programs worldwide, going to a country where a different language is spoken is becoming easier by the minute.
Powerful online tools enhance the learning and mastering of a new language to such an extent that those who do not know a second language could feel left behind. The free online Google Translator can translate thousands of words with the click of a mouse and even play a recording of it.
And that’s just the start. Language learning websites like Livemocha not only gives you free language learning tools, but also the ability to connect with people who are interested in learning your language and teaching the one you want to learn, all for free.
Knowing a second language could open up opportunities in all areas of your life, such as education, business and even personal.
It’s a fact: people of different languages also share different habits. Traveling to foreign countries, you could help to improve the lives of the people there and bring back means of improving the lives of the people of your own country.
Nowadays, traveling to a country of foreign language, doing business with it, talking to someone from it, is as easier as ever because of something called globalization.