Are you bilingual? So many people are fluent in more than one language, and so many languages are spoken everywhere in the world. Speaking only one language will limit learning, work, travel, and social experience for anyone who wants to be involved in the social, professional, and thinking world.
Many of us learned something about a second language in school but did not acquire a command of any language other than a first language. In pursuing an education for personal reasons or to obtain placement in the work force, we did not recognize the need for fluency in more than one language as a priority. It seems to me that it should be a priority and that the need for it is apparent in a social environment that is multiethnic and in a job market that is very competitive Language of desire.
Learning a second language is a means of achieving success in the professional world, but the ability to speak more than one language is not just a preparation for interaction with others in a workplace; it is a vital part of the world view and personal life of any person who is interested in observation of and participation in the life and thought of the world. Understanding of human affairs depends on recognition of individual and shared place in a local and global community. In social encounter, a consciousness of the distinction and similarity of peoples living in the world creates authority for the social self and bond for relationships.
Knowledge is our path to success and a way to find and enjoy work, recreational pastimes, and understanding of experience. Knowledge takes us from awareness of self into the reconciliation of conflict in thought taken from the observation of others. If we do not acknowledge the need for informed tolerance of competitive viewpoint and will in the social world, we have a limited ability to know and defend our personal values and make our cultural vision acceptable and desirable to other people. From a perception of shared experience and viewpoint, we take understanding. A truly practical and valuable education has to prepare us for placement and achievement in a varied social and philosophical world.
Travel acquaints us with the cultural accomplishments of other people. We visit cities and nations and admire art, architecture, music, and ritual. If we endeavor to learn language, we bring a personal presence to the occasion of travel that can make our experience not just a pleasure but an actual accomplishment. We participate in cultural ritual that becomes a vital part of our being, and we bring to travel not just an appreciation of other cultures but a way to take possession of and share some part of the knowledge and cultural life of the world’s nations.