Why Learn A Foreign Language
Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication but it proves to be very beneficial in many ways. Languages break barriers.
In a world that is increasingly interdependent, we can no longer afford to remain monolingual. In many ways, success depends on the ability of an individual to function as a member of a global village whose members speak a variety of languages.
Spanish is the major language spoken in our region of Latin America and the Caribbean and English is second to it. Brazil with Portuguese the official language, is the only country in South America where Spanish is not the official langauge.
French is spoken in Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin and Dutch is spoken in Curacao and Suriname There are also a number of dialects spoken in the region.
As the region looks to integrate and travel and emigration expands, knowing Spanish and the languages of the region can increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a promotion or a transfer overseas, or going on foreign business trips.
Living in our region where there are at least 23 languages spoken and where Spanish is the most widely spoken language, knowing a foreign has obvious benefits.
Did You Know?
There are approximately 7,105 known languages in the world.
Approximately 23 of these languages are found in the Caribbean and approximately 1,060 languages are spoken in the Americas.
Chinese is the first language in 33 countries and is the world's most spoken language. It is mostly spoken in China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.
Spanish ranks 2nd and is the first language in 31 countries with the main speakers in Spain, South and Central America and the Caribbean as well as the Equatorial Guinea.
English is the first language in 101 countries and third most spoken language. It is main language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Singapore and most of the smaller Caribbean islands.
Although Hindu is the first language in just four countries it is ranked as the fourth most spoken language and is spoken mostly in India. Arabic, the first language in 59 countries ranks as the 5th most spoken language in the world. It is the main language in North Africa, Western Asia (Middle East)
Portuguese is ranked 6th and is spoken in 11 countries with the main speakers in Portugal, Brazil, Angola annd Mozambique.
French which appears to be very popular to us ranks in at 16 and is spoken in 51 countries including France, Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Some benefits of speaking a foreign language:
Learning a foreign language or languages help the individual to appreciate different cultures and people and encourages respect for other ethnic groups.
Expand your view of the world and current affairs
Enjoying travel whether it is for business, education or pleasure.
Develops your intellect (encouraging good learning habits, memorization, combining course content and skills in a meaningful way) helps to build practical skills that may be used in other disciplines.
Contributes to the development of your personality.
Contributes to the achievement of national goals, such as economic development or national security
Increases your sense of self worth. Speaking Spanish or Portuguese or ordering in French at a French restaurant will do wonders for your ego!
A Foreign Language opens up job opportunities for you
Knowing a foreign language can be a gate way to employment in international organisation.
The study of Foreign Languages is increasing and the need for teachers will grow accordingly. Many countries offer jobs to teach foreign language.
As more and more foreign language speakers visit our shores, there is going to be a greater need in tourism and health care for persons with the ability to speak more than one language.