Introduction:Learning foreign languages. In a world of increasing globalization, Americans can improve their job prospects as well as their understanding of other cultures by learning a second language. Here are five to consider.
Historian Niall Ferguson uses the term "Chimerica" to describe the economic bond linking China to the United States. More people speak Mandarin, or standard Chinese, than any other language on earth. Mandarin Chinese is the foreign language of choice for anyone who desires a leg-up in the world of business and finance.
What with Mexico to the south of the U.S. and Puerto Rico as a territory, Spanish has become the second language of the United States. The ability to "hablar espanol" is a plus in any chosen field.
Since 9/11 there has been an increased need in both the U.S federal government and the military for people with specialized training in Arabic. Aside: Did you know that algebra originated in the Arabic-speaking world? Many English words beginning in "al" are Arabic in origin.
Latin may seem a strange choice since it is considered a "dead language." However, a grounding in Latin is an excellent way to improve one's understanding and use of English. Also, a study of Latin combined with Spanish opens the door to a basic understanding of written French and Italian.
There are practical reasons for the study of a foreign language, but the number one reason for many is simply the pull toward a culture other than their own.
Language study is rewarding in so many ways. Please feel free to share your thoughts on second languages and foreign language courses. Ciao! Update Feb. 2014: Check out the site duolingo.com. It's free and English speakers currently can study Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
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I totally agree with #5. I speak French which enabled me to live abroad for awhile. Now living in the Midwest, it's still amazing how often I am able to use my language skills... both for fun and as a translator.
The little Spanish I speak and understand has always made me feel about as bilingual as I'm likely to get. I love to hear language, I wish I had a better capacity to learn more!
Thank you for your wisdom to learn from you about languages other than what we know so well. Good advice.
I love the Spanish language but my tongue just won't roll too good! :)
Living in AZ and CA, it's difficult NOT to pick up some Spanish but Italian,French and Russian are still on my "bucket" list
Great choices! My speaks Mandarin Chinese for this exact reason. I, on the other hand, only speak English and Pig Latin.
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