Why Learn a Foreign Language?
“The unexamined life is not worth living”, wrote Plato in Socrates’s Apology.
This is true for learning new languages, as it is for constantly striving to expand one’s knowledge.
Learning a new language immerses you into a different culture, enables you to view situations from unfamiliar viewpoints, to see and think from the eyes of a person from another country.
The world is more connected than ever. Multilinguals will have an important advantage over the next years, in the job market and social circles alike.
A recent Economist article showed the earnings premium in the job market of knowing foreign languages. It also stated that “one optimistic estimate is that half the world’s people might speak English by 2050. That leaves billions who will not, and billions of others who remain happier (and more willing to spend money) in their own language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, an important linguistics philosophers, said “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
Language is knowledge; it is culture; it is erudition.
And I guarantee it is easier than you think to expand your linguistic knowledge.
One language at a time.