Why Learn A Language?

Below are several published articles, testimonials and studies that make you say "Why NOT learn a foreign language?"

 

Bilingualism Retards Senility: Canadian study

From Yahoo News

Speaking one or more languages can stall the onset of dementia, according to a new Canadian study. "Our study found that speaking two languages throughout one's life appears to be associated with a delay in the onset of symptoms of dementia by four years compared to those who speak only one language," Ellen Bialystok, lead researcher and professor at York University in Toronto, said in a statement.

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Education: The Future Doesn't Speak French

Aware of the challenges ahead, American students are rushing to learn Chinese.
By William Lee Adams

Newsweek May 9 issue - At Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, the roster for Advanced Chinese V begins with Jason Chao and ends with Kathy Zhang. In between comes an unexpected name: Elizabeth Hoffman. Hoffman, now a 12th grader, began studying Chinese in the eighth grade, has spent a summer studying in Nanjing and plans to perfect her Mandarin when she starts college next fall. When asked by her peers?who typically take Spanish?why she is learning Chinese, she responds with a question: "Why aren't you?"

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Why study Arabic?

Boston University Arts & Sciences Modern Languages & Comparative Literature

A Critical Language.   Arabic speakers are in greater demand than ever before.  The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language,” creating scholarships for language study in the U.S. and overseas.  At BU, Arabic language enrollment has risen by 68 percent just since 2005.  Practical as well as curious about the world, BU students feel that knowing Arabic will give them a career edge in such fields as diplomacy, intelligence, business, engineering, international development, and academia.

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Why You Need a Foreign Language

Edward Trimnell on the Myth of Global English and the Costs of Americans' Monolingualism

Like many Americans, Edward Trimnell studied a foreign language in high school only because it was required. In his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio there had been no sizeable immigrant population since the 19th century, and he didn't see the point of conjugating verbs and memorizing vocabulary. He certainly never thought he'd use a foreign language in his future career.

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Personal Benefits of Foreign Language Study.

Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics Washington DC.
Personal Benefits of Foreign Language Study. ERIC Digest.

For a long time Americans tended to think that knowing English was sufficient for all their needs. As a result, Americans developed an image as the people who cannot say even the most rudimentary phrase in any other language. Fortunately, however, many business, political, and educational leaders are belatedly realizing that the whole world does not speak English, and that even many of those who have learned English as a second language prefer to converse, to do business, and to negotiate in their native tongue.

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The Need for Foreign Language Competence in the United States

Author: Hamayan, Else
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics Washington DC.
The Need for Foreign Language Competence in the United States. ERIC Digest.

In the words of Senator Paul Simon, the United States is a "linguistically malnourished" country compared with many other nations. Despite the large number of individuals from other language and cultural backgrounds who live in various communities throughout the United States, relatively few Americans can boast proficiency in a language other than English. While ample opportunities exist in many other countries to develop proficiency in a second language, exposure to foreign languages in the United States is far from adequate.

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CAREER SERVICES

The possibilities are endless...

℗ State University of New York at Oswego - Personnel with language skills are needed in many different types and places of work. The demand is apparent in seven major areas:

1. Business, Industry & Commerce

Import-Export, Advertising, Banking & Finance, Engineering, Research, Translation

2. Government & International Intelligence & Law Enforcement

Foreign Service, Translation, Aid Agencies, Overseas Dependents' Schools, Radio, U. S. Armed Forces

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