Languages Come in Many Forms

I am studying Spanish and Intercultural studies in college, but I so wish that I had time to study more languages. Someday…

I haven’t even seen this movie, but I’ve heard it’s great. I do know this song sequence is incredible though. Seamless transition between 25 languages, of which only parts of about 3 are understood by me. This reinforces my desire to learn more languages, even if only in part.

I have watched several movies recently with different languages in them (Kon-Tiki, The Way Back, and Into the White, The Great Escape), and have found myself extremely interested. I want to understand them, to know exactly what the characters are saying, not an approximation translation. But having studied Spanish for about 5 years now, I still can’t even understand all of the Spanish in movies. It will be a long process, but I hope that I will be able to do some study.

I highly recommend learning another language. The United States has a fairly strong tradition of being mono-lingual. Other countries often learn English and other languages, but we rarely teach other languages to our kids or learn them as adults. Learning a language as a child is considerably easier, but it is good for the adult brain as well.

Learning a second (or third) language changes the way you think, and opens up so many opportunities. I definitely recommend doing so, or having your children do so. It’s something that will only get more useful in the coming years, as the world becomes increasingly connected and globalized.

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