The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Language and culture diversity have always been an intercontinental barrier in the past. Now, many people have learned to acquire other languages for them to destroy that barrier and also maybe to appreciate and learn other cultures that may one day help them towards becoming universal citizens.
Some people have argued that these people, known as bilinguals, are tainting their respective cultures by learning a different language and learning other cultures. As a result, these bilinguals end up being discriminated in their own native country. They become emotionally separated from their countrymen who can only speak their native tongue, creating a rift in their community. Many other issues similar to this have sprouted over the years. It is
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The truth is, it will. If the bilinguals take classes apart from their monolingual peers, the rift between the will widen, due to the fact that even though they are attending the same school, they have no interaction, thus creating no bond between them.
It is true that there are issues concerning bilinguality, but only because some people choose to be ignorant of its benefits, mostly because of pride. But becoming bilingual is such a large and beneficial investment for anyone who is willing to learn, it positively affects many parts of a person’s life.
Becoming bilingual can make one be socially competent. The study of language helps the student develop an understanding and appreciation for the cultural perspectives, practices and products of different cultures. They become more culturally mature, knowledgeable and appreciative of the artistic products of other countries. Also, in relation to family, foreign language development can also help improve family ties, especially if the family is large and linguistically diverse.
As the economy is slowly developing into a global community, becoming bilingual can help and hasten that goal. The global world of the 21st century needs individuals with strong skills in a second language to be able to work within a culturally diverse environment, thus it is best for one to learn a different language. Research shows that multilingual societies have a


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