Although countries are literally separated by geographic and political obstacles, the real boundary that limits interaction between people of different nationalities is language. Thankfully, with the right mindset (and the right teacher), languages can become bridges - not boundaries.
With thousands of languages being spoken around the world, and even more dialects, one does not need to learn all of them because just a handful of languages in your utility belt can already be enough to connect you with most people in the world. While English can get you pretty far, speaking Chinese or Spanish can get you even farther.
Learning languages can benefit you more than simply getting to talk to other people in other countries. You don’t have to be a polyglot (a person who speaks several languages) to benefit from being multilingual because scientists have found a plethora of benefits from knowing even just a second language, such as having an extra boost in brainpower.
Studies have also found that speaking a second language actually helps slow down the brain’s aging process, keeping you sharp throughout your years. One thing that learning a new language can also help is gain a deeper appreciation for language in general and how each language is actually connected to other languages.
For more interesting facts, check out this awesome infographic below:
While languages separate people from one another, Lighthouse uses languages to connect them. Specializing in translations and interpretations, Lighthouse employs hundreds of skilled linguists to translate and interpret languages from all over the globe, both written and spoken. Lighthouse offers a wide array of services to cater to the needs of translators and interpreters.