I was to take a connecting a flight from Doha to New York. But there was no board for Qatar Airways. I looked to the left and then to the right. Yet there were no signs of it! I reached out to a receptionist in one of the helpdesks; and she asked me to wait for some more time. Every minute passing by only increasing my bp (blood pressure) coz the time to board the flight was getting nearer and nearer. At length there was a lady who came and sat next to me in the waiting lounge. I was almost shivering with tension and the freezing temperature of the air conditioner. Very politely she asked me what the case was and I told her the matter. She walked up to the same kiosk where I enquired initially, and spoke in Arabic. The gal at the counter instantly gave a smile and made a call. After around 5 min the lady was back and asked me to go to different gate number where I found the boarding details. My excitement knew no bounds as I got the right flight. Also had a hard realization- ‘How important it is to be polylingual’.
Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits. But there are some other reasons to it as well.
Makes you smarter– There are situations in life where it is necessary to know the local language.
Show respect to international colleagues– I still remember my first client meet in my office. I had chill running down my spine when I saw Josh Duke walking down the aisle. I by- hearted the first two lines in German- “Hallo wie geht es” (Hello How are you). It got an immediate smile on his face and I kinda half cracked the business. Thanks to Google. It saved me on that occasion and helped me increase my PR skills with my clients.
Be more sensitive to cultural differences– By studying grammar — for example, the different forms of “you” and how they’re used in different languages — you’ll learn how and why to be more sensitive with business contacts who will appreciate your effort.
Cut-out-the middleman– It’s necessary for you to make your position strong. If you can work as an interpreter in your office, half your job is done. You can also command a higher salary.
Your memory improves– Educators often relate the brain to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” This exercise improves overall memory, which means that multiple language speakers are better at remembering lists or sequences. Studies show that polylinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.
Brings the world to you– Make new friends, travel around the world, order food at a restaurant; everything is in your hand. If you can speak with a local in their native language, they’ll be friendlier and may turn you on to better spots to visit.
Understand your own culture– You’ll draw connections and comparisons between your culture and your new country of study, giving you the opportunity to understand where you come from and how it had affected your personality.
Last but not the least
It becomes easier and easier– Once you have picked up a new language, you will find ways to learn more new languages. E.g. Once you’ve picked up Italian, it’ll be easy for you to learn Portuguese and Spanish, too; and then even French.