The importance of speaking another language


To get a better job, access to more and better information or to travel safely and avoid communication problems, nowadays learn a second language is almost essential. A specialized language teaching teacher explains why it is a fundamental requirement for our CVs.

Legend has it that once a tourist walking the streets of a Spanish-speaking country. It is with a group of people and makes them obligatory question: “Sorry, do you speak Inglés?”. People look at each other and one answer “sorry, we do not speak English.” The tourist returns to the fray and ask “Sprechen Sie Deutsch?”. The people of the country look at each other again, this time with astonishment face and one of them says, “No sir.” The tourist, makes a last attempt and asks, “Excuse Moi, Parlez vous francais?”. This time all you get in response is a nod by the group. The tourist walks away crestfallen and someone from the group says, “they saw how many languages he spoke this gringo?”, And one of them replied: “For what helped him …”. And the group is removed with laughter.

The importance of speaking another language

A few meters ahead, a young man who did understand English could help tourists, accompanied him to the hotel I was looking for, struck up a friendship and a few years later, became the leading distributor in the country of electronics products He is selling “the gringo”.

This story, which is probably certainly serves to illustrate the importance of speaking a second language besides their own and how they can positively affect the lives of people.

A study a few months ago jointly by the Ministry of Education of Spain and the British Council, and published in the newspaper El Pais of Madrid, used the experience of 120 Spanish bilingual public schools to demonstrate that students in school learning a second language perform better in learning the language itself.

Learning a second language (and in some cases a third) is not a waste of time as formerly thought, but it is an investment, because learning another language not only increases the chances of getting a better work a positive impact on their personal financial situation as reported in the example, but enriches the social and cultural life of the individual as the language is the key to culture.

Consider for a moment what happens in the world today. Internet is an inexhaustible source of information, much of which is in English. The technology, which does not stop its march, constantly gives us new challenges also in English, the business world and science are handled almost exclusively in English … we could go on citing instances where English is almost exclusive language express themselves and be understood.

In our country another interesting phenomenon that reinforces learning a second language is given. Because of our geographic location we are neighbors of one of the economic powers of the world and, perhaps, one of the countries with the greatest potential and growth in the coming years: Brazil. The stock exchange San Pablo is now the second largest exchange in the world behind Hong Kong, Petrobras is the second largest oil company after Exxon Mobil, the current growth rates and projected for the Brazilian economy are the most attractive in the world . The best and most important for us is that Brazil (because of its geographical proximity and cultural affinity) will certainly be a mandatory reference for all Argentines in the coming years.

For these reasons, the Portuguese will be an almost exclusive language learning for those who want to do business, get better jobs or visiting for many are the best beaches in the region. Moreover, surely, it will be complemented with English as the universal language of business.

Finally, learn another language helps people understand that the world is not all the same, that there are cultural differences and develop confidence in their social relations because it improves their interaction with the environment, preparing them for the future that will become increasingly demanding. For as many times as it is mentioned: “The illiterate of the future will who do not drive a computer and does not dominate another language.”