Why learn a language?

March 6, 2012 / by Rachel Reardon

Yesterday I explained why I bother learning a foreign language. Now let’s hear from you!

Here are a few responses we received when we asked our Facebook fans, “When it comes to learning a language: "What's the point if you know you are 'never going to go there [to a foreign country]'?

“There's a ton of reasons. Learn about another culture and depending on where you live being able to converse in their language. If it is a in demand language you can get paid more at your job or be hired cause you know it. You can enjoy movies and reading materials in another language.” –Emily Dills

“Learning another language helps you to understand your own native language even better.” –Deb Meinke

“You can keep secrets in another language with your friends!” -Donald Seaman

“When I was young I never thought I would be married to a Russian...” –Kevin Jefferson

“Even though we may never visit another country, it doesn't mean there aren't people in the US who are multilingual. I want to learn Vietnamese just to be able to say "Hi" to someone I work with in her own language. Plus, it's just fun. I learned French in high school and college because I thought it was beautiful.” –Beth Hatch

“Sometimes it is about your family heritage...My father is Irish, where his language was persecuted for probably a hundred years, now it has been brought back, and I want to be part of that process.” –Pj Royer

Why is learning a language worth it for you?

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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