In today’s world, multilingualism is increasingly important. The ability to communicate in several languages not only opens up new opportunities, but also helps to bridge cultural differences and fosters greater understanding. To learn several languages is to face new challenges with boldness and determination. It is about developing communication and social skills to become a good communicator in any language. But above all, multilingualism in the classroom helps to develop an open and international mindset.
At our international school in Asturias, we teach English as a curricular subject from the age of 2, and French or German from the 3rd year of primary school.
In general terms, multilingualism, or the ability to speak several languages, offers a wide range of benefits both personally and professionally. Here are some of the main benefits of multilingualism:
- Global communication: Being multilingual allows you to communicate with people from different countries and cultures. You can establish deeper connections with people from diverse backgrounds and better understand their cultural perspectives.
- Career opportunities: Being proficient in several languages increases your employment opportunities. Many companies seek candidates with multiple language skills to expand their international operations and communicate with clients from different parts of the world.
- Higher salaries: In many industries, multilingual professionals receive higher salaries compared to those who speak only one language. Knowledge of additional languages is considered a valuable skill and can lead to better career opportunities and higher pay.
- Flexibility and adaptability: Multilinguals tend to have greater flexibility and adaptability in new and challenging environments. They can adjust more easily to different cultures and forms of communication, allowing them to make the most of their experiences when travelling or working abroad.
- Cognitive development: Speaking several languages can improve cognitive functioning and strengthen the brain. Studies have shown that multilingualism can improve memory, attention span, problem solving and multitasking skills.