In today’s world, more and more people of all ages and nationalities are bilingual or multilingual. As a matter of fact, more than 50 percent of the world’s population can communicate in more than one language. Those who speak only one language are missing out on great opportunities.
I am bilingual myself, I am fluent in Spanish and English; also, I am learning Japanese trough a YouTube free course.
This is a shortlist of the last English articles I wrote.
- El Salvador Celebrations. El Salvador holidays and traditions.
- Salvadoran Pupusas. Tasty food originated in El Salvador.
- El Salvador foods. Best traditional Salvadoran foods.
- San Salvador El Salvador Capital. Great city to visit or call home.
- Christmas in El Salvador. Everything you need to know.
- El Salvador landmarks. Most famous landmarks in El Salvador.
- Living in El Salvador. Top reasons for moving to El Salvador.
- The minimum wage in El Salvador in 2021.
- Best places to live in El Salvador. Here are ten of them!
I am focusing primarily on writing in English so I can improve my writing skills.
Benefits of being bilingual.
Being bilingual or multilingual comes with several advantages. The following is a list of advantages you can have or gain by just learning a second language.
- Increase brainpower.
- Increase awareness of other cultures.
- Make travel easier and more enjoyable.
- Greater Job Opportunities by improve competitiveness in the job market.
- It can give children or yourself an academic advantage.
- Find it easier to learn a third language.
- You can better raise your kids bilingual.
- Stay mentally stronger for longer.
- Improve social life and enhances Communication Skills.
- You’ll gain a new perspective on the world.
How difficult is it to become bilingual?
There is no way around this; to become bilingual, you are going to have to put the time and effort.
Now, learning a second language can come easy to some people, I have seen it. On the other hand, there I have seen people that spend years trying to learn a language and can’t do it.
The first thing that you need to do is be clear on why you want to learn that specific language. Once you know the answer as to why you need to ask yourself as to what level you want to achieve.
If you want to learn a language just so you can speak casually to other people; then, you need to focus mainly on speaking and listening ability.
However, if you want to be an interpreter in either writing or speaking; then, you need to reach a different level of preference.
Take it one step at the time, first be clear on why you want to learn the language, then decide what level you want to reach, and then create a plan of action to do it.
Being bilingual should be a priority for everyone.
The good thing about learning a second language is that you don’t have to attend a school to do it or leave your house.
You can learn a second language online; there are paid courses that you can take, or you can go the FREE route like I am doing. I am using a free YouTube learning channel to learn basic Japanese.