Being bilingual or multilingual is a wonderful skill to have. Some people are born into bilingual speaking homes and they are able to grow up learning more than one language at a young age. Other people choose to learn a second language with computer software, audio tapes, and online programs. There are even summer camps to learn a second language such as the Chinese immersion summer camp. At a camp such as this, you are surrounded by the language and are living in it. This makes it much easier to learn and understand the language.
Being bilingual gives you access to job opportunities for positions that require employees to have bilingual language skills. Companies that do business with international companies would need someone that could speak both languages to be able to communicate and work effectively. There are several communities within the United States where the predominant language is one other than English. In these communities, businesses will need to hire someone who can speak both languages so there is not a language barrier for the customers.
Earn a Higher Income
Not everyone can speak more than one language. Because of this, people who can speak more than one language are in high demand. Companies are willing to pay more money to have a bilingual employee. If there are two applicants for a job position and one applicant is bilingual, this person may seem more valuable to the company.
Social and Cultural Opportunities
Knowing more than one language really opens your eyes to other cultures. Traveling and being able to speak the language of the place you are visiting helps you communicate and learn about the culture. You can gain a greater understanding of the culture’s music, hobbies, etc. Meeting people and being able to communicate in their native language is a beautiful thing.