Expertise in other languages is a critical ability in today's highly dynamic and interdependent environment that offers one the potential to communicate in a more direct and meaningful way — whether in your community or thousands of miles away. 

Understanding different languages also equips one with the skills to survive and thrive in the global economy. 

Many English speakers tend to think you can get away with speaking English everywhere, such as on vacation, and that there's no point in learning other languages. We find ourselves turning up the volume when people don't understand what we need. 

This works as long as you stick to famous tourist resorts and hotels where you can find someone who speaks English. However, if you choose to travel outside of these places, you need to learn the local language and have knowledge of the culture. 

The desire to communicate with others is among the most fulfilling facets of human life. It is a blessing to be able to interact with others in his or her language. 

Bilingual and multilingual individuals have the rare ability to connect through their personal and professional lives through a broader variety of individuals. 

Understanding the language allows you to feel like a local and can lead you to many more possibilities in other countries. Communities should define you. 

The generosity of others will render you joyful experiences and you will create friendships that last a lifetime. 

For those reasons alone, you can see the benefits of learning different languages.

Language skills can be an essential competitive advantage that distinguishes you from your monolingual peers as they are among the top eight skills expected in all professions — regardless of the field or degree of skill. 

In addition, the demand for bilingual professionals is growing exponentially. Employers are searching for experts who can connect easily with consumers in existing and developing international markets, as well as servicing and marketing to a growing foreign-born workforce at home. So, for more than 329.5 million U.S. citizens to hear a language other than English at home, we don't need to hop on a plane to use your language abilities to work. 

As an additional reward, language skills can also contribute to salary raises. Whatever your job goal may be, you are ahead of the crowd with additional language abilities applied to your mix!

Traveling as a local language speaker will revolutionize a voyage abroad. Although monolingual travelers may visit the same locations, travelers who learn more than one language can more effectively maneuver outside of the tourist bubble to communicate and engage in a way that others are unable to do without the language. 

Learning a second language often opens up new doors for international research or job prospects.

Studies suggest that actions taken in your second language are more reason-driven than decisions taken in your mother tongue. 

As we think and conceptualize the world in another language, we detach ourselves from our first language’s emotional reactions and prejudices. This will boost the ability to develop more clear-headed truths of another cultures and perspectives rather than learning from sources that don’t live in that culture’s daily life. 

Researchers have found that bilingual and multilingual individuals appear to have greater minds, improved functioning memory, and faster speed while transitioning between multiple activities. 

The ability to easily move between tasks becomes especially relevant in today’s chaotic "multitasking" environment. In fact, true multitasking is almost impossible. People who “multitask” appear to be doing multiple things at once are really just switching between tasks more rapidly than others.

Obviously, when we discover a new language and its history, we make parallels to what is familiar. Thinking from another society throws insight on facets of our own community, both good and detrimental, that we might not have known previously.