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Learning Languages to Help You Get Ahead

by Neeka Samimi, guest blogger

Chances are, you're taking a language at school. For a standard diploma, you need at least two years of a foreign language, and you need three years for an advanced diploma.

Languages can be beneficial to you later in life, not just for graduation. According to a USNews article, bilingual people typically earn up to 15 percent more than monolingual workers.

Employees with fluency in a second language are seen as a great asset, especially if the second language is helpful in business. This is why you might want to learn very commonly spoken languages like Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese, or languages that are strategic to the workforce and need translators, like Arabic.

In addition to helping your career, learning another language will boost your brain. Many studies show that intelligence, memory skills, and cognitive ability will all improve with the learning of a new language. Just take a look at this page from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages!

Unfortunately, only a small percentage of Americans are bilingual. This makes those who know other languages more desirable in the workforce. Plus, wouldn't you like to be able to travel to other countries and learn more about the cultures of the world with ease? Maybe this will inspire you to pay a little more attention in Spanish class. Language learning is hard work, but the rewards are well worth it.

Posted: Apr 16, 2016 by Website Editor

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