Learning to communicate in other languages can help doctors better understand their patients, government officials understand their constituents and friends understanding friends. In many countries, languages are taught from an early age as cultures begin to embrace the concept of bilingual, multicultural societies. In the USA, many students study English and begin learning a second language when gaining proficiency becomes too late. Within the United States, the importance of learning a second language is expanded each moment as more immigrants flow into the country not understanding the English language.
Learning a second language is not only limited to the ability to communicate with others. Those that are bilingual are known to also have a more divergent way of thinking and a better cognitive development. Learning a second language challenges an individual’s mind and also enriches what an individual has to offer others around them. Those that are bilingual also learn a sense of understanding, tolerance and patience in ways monolingual individuals may not.