Top Ten Reasons To Learn A Language Other Than English!!

1. To improve employment potential
Knowing languages will open up employment opportunities that you would not have had otherwise. Business is not the only area of employment where language competencies are much needed - consider government agencies, travel industry, engineering, communications, education, international law, economics, public policy, publishing, advertising, entertainment, and scientific research, just to name a few.
2. To increase English language skills
Research shows that knowledge of other languages boosts students' understanding of languages and enables students to use their native language more effectively. This applies to specific language skills as well as overall linguistic abilities.
3. To increase global understanding.
A person competent in other languages can bridge the gap between cultures, contribute to international diplomacy, promote national security and world peace, and successfully engage in international trade.
4. To sharpen cognitive and life skills
Studying a foreign language can enhance one's ability to learn and function in several other areas.  Children who have studied a language at the Middle School level, score higher on tests in reading, language arts, and maths.  They show greater cognitive development in areas such as mental flexibility, creativity, and higher order thinking skills, such as problem-solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning.
5. To make travel more feasible and enjoyable
Although it's possible to travel to foreign countries without speaking the native language, your experience will be largely shaped by your ability or inability to see beyond the surface of the culture. Your language ability will allow you to see and do things that many visitors cannot.
6. To appreciate international literature, music, and film
Most of the world's literary and artistic works have been written in languages other than English. A translation is always to a large degree subject to the interpretation of the translator, not least because some elements of languages simply don't have translations in other languages.
7. To expand study abroad options
Simply your willingness to learn a language can make you a candidate for many study abroad programs. Some foreign programs require only basic prior language knowledge for eligibility. Intercultural experiences have a monumental influence on shaping your identity, heightening your self-awareness, and giving you a full appreciation of your life situation. These things can happen only with knowledge of cultures and languages other than your own.
8. To increase understanding of oneself and one's own culture
Contact with other languages and cultures gives you the unique opportunity to step outside your familiar scope of existence and view your culture's customs, traditions, and norms as well as your own value system through the eyes of others. Conversely, a monolingual, monocultural view of the world severely limits your perspective.
9. To make lifelong friends
Knowing other languages effectively increases the number of people on the globe with whom you can communicate. Your ability to speak other languages can connect you deeply with people around the globe.
10. To improve chances of entry into University
The majority of universities rightly consider knowledge of a foreign language and culture part of what every educated person should know. Many majors in the arts and humanities, in natural sciences and behavioral and social sciences, and in professional fields, also require the study of one or more languages to ensure success in the given field.
Principal Jeannie Bennett