By Cheval John
You might wonder why I should learn a second language.
You think that it is not worth the trouble because it is hard and that the world is speaking English.
That is true to a degree as English is the most taught language in the world.
The truth of the matter is that bilinguals have a much richer life because they can interact with someone from a different culture.
And it also allows them to enjoy their travels in a much deeper way because they can interact with the locals.
If you still not convinced, here are two more reasons why you consider learning a second or a third language:
Bilinguals have a much better chance to prolong their memory as they get up in age because when you switch back and forth between languages, your brain gets a workout.
According to a study by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a person who is bilingual have a better protection against dementia, a form of memory loss by 4.5 years than a person who is just monolingual.
Better Job Opportunities
Bilinguals have a much better chance at landing the job of their dreams.
Just ask Michael Ballack and Santiago Solari.
Both are serving as analyst for ESPN during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Even though both players bring their soccer backgrounds (Ballack, Germany, 2004-10; Solari, Argentina, 1999-2004), the reason why they got the gig is because both are bilingual.
As a result, they are gaining more recognition among soccer fans here in the United States in addition to their respective countries.
So if you learn a second language, you are one step ahead of the "competition."
It does pay to be bilingual.