Mathieu Dubois, October 31 2018

Four Remarkable Benefits of Being Bilingual

What if I told you that learning a second language is a true gift of life, would you believe me?  If you don’t believe so, I will give your more reasons to. In order for you to see the value of being bilingual, here are four massive benefits. To learn a second language, you will be investing numerous hours, but isn’t investing in yourself the greatest and smartest investment you can make? It is important for you to understand the benefits of being bilingual, as it will bring forth countless opportunities, especially as a young professional looking to enter the working world. 

 If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his          head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.  

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1.     Workplace Environment

Speaking a second language will give you an edge on other competitors in the work environment. For example, the government of Canada is looking for bilingual employees as these are both official languages of Canada. Learning a second language will help you differentiate yourself from others especially in the workforce. As seen in this article, employers are  looking for bilingual individuals as the need doubled, in the past five years.  It is important for you to set yourself apart from others, by having the asset such as being bilingual. There a tons of job seekers, and the competition is fierce but being bilingual means more job opportunities. If you are interested in exploring the world, bilingualism allows for more opportunities related to international job postings for example with embassies.

2.     Travelling

As of 2018, travelling across the world is easier than ever. People are interested in new learning experiences and are wanting to explore new cultures and religions while creating life long memories. Being able to communicate with the locals will enrich your experience as you will be fully submerged in their culture. It will allow you to have personal interactions, which will give you a sense of belonging abroad, rather than a more touristy feeling. Speaking the language will enrich your experience. Feel free to look at the The World's 30 Best Places to Visit in 2018-19 to get a better understand of the opportunities offered. Don't let a language create barriers!   

3.     Education

Bilingualism can add value to your school experience. For example, at the University of Ottawa you can have a bilingual certificate and a scholarship just by learning in both French and English. The University of Ottawa Scholarships offers a variety of grants and awards to people who might be struggling to pay university fees. There is double the amount of scholarships for bilingual’s individuals compare to monolingual. You might have the occasion to be part of an exchange program and get to study abroad, which is a great experience to develop new skills. Knowing a second language expands your horizon and could potentially give you a broader education level.

4.     Being Open minded

One of the many benefits of being bilingual, is the opportunity to understand other cultures and develop interpersonal relationships. Speaking a second language will open doors and will make you try and explore outside of your comfort zone. Individuals tends to appreciate this opportunity to learn about the history and the culture behind the English language. People who speak more than one language are often more adventurous and more likely to integrate themselves in our diverse society. Once you have learned a second language you both sympathize and connect on a deeper level with other individuals whom are learning a new language.

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I can not emphasize the importance of speaking a second language more, especially English. You will be able to see the world differently and be more compelled to help others in their journey of learning a new language. There are tons of value in learning a language, have faith in the lengthy but rewarding process! 

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Mathieu Dubois

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