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Biggest Language Learning Myths You Should Stop Believing

The Huffington Post – Ryan McMunn

“A majority of Americans don’t speak a second language mainly for two reasons: language education in the U.S. has limited government funding, and people think that being bilingual has no use because English is the universal language. As a result, in spite of overwhelming research on the personal and career benefits of learning a second language, many young Americans are made to believe that they already have sufficient skills to thrive in a global marketplace.”(more)

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason

Quartz – Gabrielle Hogan-Brun

“Speaking a different language—whether it’s your grandparents’ tongue or high-school Spanish—fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking. We already know that businesses thrive on the diversity of ideas created by a multicultural workforce. Multicultural awareness is an essential soft skill in work as well as life, and it goes beyond office culture to economic benefits: According to a recent survey by the Economist, two-thirds of 572 international company executives say that their teams’ multicultural nature increases their organization’s innovation.”(more)

How kids benefit from speaking different languages

Star 2 – Staff Writer

“Narly Golestani, a professor at the Brain And Language Lab in Geneva, Switzerland, says there are probably two time windows when language learning is easier. “One around the age of five (when learning to write often starts) and one around the age of 12. So learning these languages later than these periods will be much more difficult,” he says. But could learning a second, third and even fourth language do more than promote prospects post-education? Absolutely, insists the UK Subject Centre For Languages, which says it has identified as many as 700 reasons to study a foreign language.”(more)

Learning a new language changes the way you perceive reality

Quartz – Ivan Miguel

“Learning a new language is a humbling process, because it basically means accepting that every word you know is wrong. The elaborate lexicon you’ve developed over the years suddenly becomes useless: the movie quotes you know, your street slang, old-fashioned words you ironically use—everything disappears in a smoking poof, leaving you publicly naked.”(more)

Students gain more foreign-language learning in schools

USA Today – Claudia M. Caruana

“Similar immersion programs focusing on Spanish and other languages such as French, German and Chinese are increasing in the United States, as are more traditional programs in second-language learning in elementary schools. In fact, 25 percent of all U.S. public and private elementary schools offered foreign language instruction in 2010, according to the Center for Applied Linguistics. The Washington, D.C.-based organization tracks language study in the U.S. Many of the programs are immersion programs where children are taught in English for part of the day, and in another language at other times. French immersion programs have been popular in Canadian schools for many years, and in the U.S., many school districts offer them to encourage language learning.”(more)

Five languages Brexit Britons should learn

The Financial Times – Michael Skapinker

“The British Council survey attempts to address a looming post-Brexit problem. An end to EU freedom of movement may mean UK companies losing easy access to the Italians, Spaniards and Germans and many others who helped staff their European sales and marketing departments, not to mention many other parts of their businesses. And while English is now the world’s lingua franca, poor UK foreign language skills risk damaging the country’s future, the British Council says. It is not just that much direct-to-consumer business still has to be done in the customer’s language. It is also that being a monoglot blinds you to the rest of the world’s richness and complexity. Britons are going to have to become more culturally adept as the UK tries to establish new trading relationships, and keep up its existing ones.”(more)