People want to learn a foreign language for different reasons. Being able to speak another language give us the opportunities to communicate with others who don’t speak our native language. It also gives us a competitive edge and bring more job opportunities. In California, Spanish is the most popular second language because of a large Spanish speaking population. To me, learning a foreign language has never been about career advancement or job opportunities. I grew up hearing a few other languages so I developed sensitive hearing to different languages and sounds. I also think that it made me much more open-minded and accepting of other cultures. So to me personally, it is far more important than getting more job opportunities. Many studies have shown that learning a second language can help one’s intellectual development.
The best way for children to obtain native-like proficiency is to put them in the environment, where they have to speak and understand the second language. Even though I speak English and Japanese, I am more sensitive to the sound of other languages because of my upbringing. Even though English is supposed to be the most spoken language, we should all try to learn a second language. I think it is one of the most fulfilling thing we can do in life.
People value different things in life, and I am sure many people say they chose to learn a certain language for their job but learning a second or third language is so much more than increasing career opportunities. It is fun and stimulating. It is good for the brain.
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