Learning a Foreign Language has been a window to a new world of culture, knowledge and economic growth for over centuries. With a connected world, linguistic skills will be more important than ever for some of the following reasons
- Cognitive Abilities: Learning a new language at an early age helps young children to improve their cognitive abilities, boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking, and listening skills in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children proficient in languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
- Employability: The Jobs of future in the year 2030 and beyond will measure skillsets beyond academic grades. While Soft skills will remain important, linguistic skills will be critical. An important reason of progress in Eastern Europe countries like (Romania, Hungary, Poland) has been the advantage of a tri-lingual workforce where every college student has skills of either German, Dutch or French in addition to English and a local language.
- The Power of (German + English): The Economist in 2019 did a study comparing the advantage of job seekers with knowledge of German and English. It was found with no surprise that German ranked #1 skills for English speaking professionals, with an estimated 125,000 euros in bonus earnings. While this might vary in the next decade , it is clear that linguistic skills will become more prominent.