Let’s Talk About the Advantages of Speaking Multiple Languages

There is a lot of value in speaking multiple languages, of course some students of language are now asking why they need to immerse themselves and spend the time to learn a second or third language these days. Why you ask? Simple, because now we have translation devices which can do it for us, plus 24% of the world’s population speaks English, well, at least some English as in “Simple English” or the basic 750 words needed to communicate at a fourth to fifth grade reading level. Okay so, let’s broaden this topic for a moment if we might here today.

You see, language is a fascinating topic. Perhaps you have your own thoughts the topic, but, I’d like to have you think about some others right now. Have you ever considered the theory that those cultures that write with symbols representing whole words, phrases, or ideas such as Chinese, or some of the Japanese symbols have an easier overall time with mathematics as they learn so many symbols by the time they are in their teens that learning and memorizing new symbols is second nature therefore higher math comes easier, and that since math is a language in a way, that much of the equation processing is done in the language area of the brain not necessarily all in the spatial reasoning section?

Good question isn’t it? Well, there have been some interesting research papers on all of this. Next, have you noted that languages often cause folks to think differently and come up with new combinations of words, concepts, and ideas? Think of this for a second, especially as we enter the next era of artificial intelligence. Indeed, if we program AI computers to become creative, we ought to try this scheme, have the AI computer combine words and ideas of different languages to come up with new thoughts and combinations.

In considering that concept, how much do you believe that an individual’s language (nurture) ends up effecting their (nature) as the human mind learns, formats, and begins making connections based on their language? Certain languages maybe better for certain types of things or specific ways of thinking, even the words and how they are placed, ordered, or happen to be listed in let’s say dictionaries, which ones rhyme, have alliteration or similar sounds? This is interesting – any thoughts on this? You see, I have plenty. Care to communicate? Shoot me an email if so, let’s see where we can take this topic of language to innovate for the future.