Bilingual or multilingual is having the ability to speak more than two languages. The majority of the world’s population is either bilingual or multilingual. This is because English is the universal language, and countries whose language is non-English, still have citizens who can speak this fluently while also speaking their local language fluently.
There is a high demand for bilingual or multilingual employees today; for instance, one-third of US corporations are based or owned overseas or catering worldwide, so they would need multilingual employees. Because of its high demand as well, there are even companies that solely offers translation services.
So what are the advantages of being bilingual or multilingual?
You have more career opportunities to choose from if you are fluent in two or more languages. First, it sets you apart from other candidates. Second, since a lot of companies now cater worldwide, being bilingual or multilingual is already an asset or an edge to the companies that may hire you. And third, since it’s a skill, you have a higher value when it comes to salary.
Being bilingual or multilingual means, you are more exposed to other cultures or social experiences. Meaning you are more attuned to other people, thus makes you a better communicator.
Awareness and Empathy
You’re not only better in communication with others, but you are more aware of other people’s cultures and differences. Being bilingual or multilingual means, you can talk to people from different cultures and understand their perspectives and develop empathy from what other people cannot comprehend.
Easier to Travel
Speaking multiple languages makes it easier to travel around the world. You won’t be clueless when while checking out the local site, restaurants, and shops. You won’t have much of a hard time learning directions or ways to commute when doing some sightseeing. Your travel would be much more fun and would experience less hassle.
Having to learn different languages uses so much of your memory. You have to remember the words of each language and learn correct grammar as each has different rules. So you don’t just learn a new language; it also works your memory and improves it.
Easier To Learn One More Language
Learning a new language encourage brain growth, improves memory, and enhances your focus or concentration. So if you’ve already learned a second language, it’s not that hard to learn one or two more. Studies show that bilingual or multilingual people are more productive and have more the ability to multi-task, as they can switch their brains from language to language, so learning another language won’t be that hard as they already have the capabilities.