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The Importance of Learning New Languages

By Scott Pietschker
Managing Editor

Learning new languages is a very important mental tool for anyone. The United States is full of
people who only know one language, and this needs to change. Many other countries have more bilingual citizens than the United States does.

Learning these languages does not only allow you to communicate with the people of that country, but it also allows you to think in a different way. When learning a new language, your native language gets better. Your vocabulary actually increases in your native language because you realize where certain words come from in the language you are learning.

Many languages are very similar to English in many ways. Spanish and German have a lot of
cognates, which are words that look and sound very similar to an English word. These words show that all languages are connected somehow. Tenses are a very important factor when learning a new language. The tenses for some languages are very different to English.

Probably the easiest way to learn a language is to have a friend who knows it fluently. You can practice freely with this person, and after a certain amount of time, you will start to understand how the language works.

Another reason why people should value learning new languages is that everybody comes from somewhere, and unless that country’s main language is English, you should respect the language that your ancestors spoke. This will especially come in handy if someone has family members who know how
to speak the language. If that person decides to sit down and learn the language, you can pass down the language for generations.

Languages can become a very valuable tool in the workplace, no matter what industry in which
you decide to work. If someone needs to communicate, that person can easily step in and talk to that
person. For example, if someone decides to work in an area with a large population of Hispanic civilians, it may be in their best concern to try and learn Spanish. Even if that person doesn’t learn the language fluently, at least they can get simple words down.

Overall, learning languages can be a very valuable tool in life, due to the fact that there are so many of them all around the world. In our very mixed country, you can find all types of languages being spoken every day. To suppress your knowledge of these languages can be damaging.

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