By Rachel Redondo, Language Intern at Wibbu.
Learning a second foreign language is arguably one of the most challenging tasks you could set yourself as a New Year’s resolution. However, I have been lucky enough to have been raised speaking both Spanish and English bilingually.
Growing up in the south of Spain in Malaga, where I attended an international bilingual school, I was fortunate enough to have spent countless hours in class switching between both English and Spanish conversations from one friend to another. This linguistic flair allowed me to express my feelings on daily affairs both fluently and with confidence.
For instance, hearing a local Spanish child calling me a ‘foreigner’ on the off-chance that they heard me speaking English to my British family would give me an instant rush.
The thought of being able to catch them out as they spoke behind my back and labelled me as a ‘foreigner’ would spur on my inevitably offended reaction. And so, I would formulate a perfectly pronounced phrase in Spanish that I could turn around and say to them with a happily smug face.
The idea of being able to communicate in their language (that was just as much my own too) would bring me a real sense of pride. A feeling that I am sure will never leave me.
The power of being bilingual opens up many opportunities for you both in the present day and in the forthcoming future, and grants you the chance to explore a variety of cultures throughout your life.
With over 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, of which 2,000 of them are spoken in Asia alone, it is obvious why the European Union requires over 24 languages to be used in order for European relations to be conducted well.
It is always worth familiarising yourself with a second language to enable you to become more likely to develop your social skills when meeting new people or travelling around the world.
In today’s society, people are more open to finding various methods of communication, such as visual representations of cultures on social media. Nevertheless, I believe the art of speaking another language is a unique power that can be used and manipulated to your own means throughout everyday life.
The power of being bilingual is one which no one can take away from you.