Becoming bilingual or trilingual suggests a great deal of business.
There are more than 100 countries around the world, there exists more than 100 languages. What does it mean? It says that there are more than 100 ways to express “yes”, “no”, “love”…Awesome and scary, right?
The world has become smaller because of the rapid development of modern technology , i. e. internet, the world wide web. Competitions in economy, education, and science are global! To survive the intense wars among countries on important issues, it is vital to be able to speak, or read and understand more than one language.
Network with people from foreign countries is one way to learn about their culture. Some universities have studying aboard programs, which is excellent ways to help students learn about a second language.
Becoming bilingual can be tough, frustrating or disappointing. One has to be persistent and truly loves the new language to be able to succeed!
Becoming bilingual could refer to becoming open minded, which means that you don’t have to actually learn a new language, but you fully understand the benefits of looking at things around the world in at least two different ways…Thus, becoming bilingual may refer to becoming smarter and wiser when it comes to solving problems and handling issues involving at least two parties.
Becoming bilingual is great, if not , at least you know the fact that, your way may not the only way, you will not be upset or surprised when you see other people’s hold different or opposite viewpoint!
Stay open minded, you never lose your cool!
What do you think of becoming bilingual?
Hello, How R U?
Do U know anyone who is bilingual? What do U think of becoming bilingual?
Happy Wednesday 2 U ! 😉 😉 😉
80 thoughts on “What Do U Think Of Becoming Bilingual?”
I have many friends on twitter from countries ALL over the world, their English is poor, but my poetry site allows them to read at their liesure and ask any questions they are not sure of, and off course good old Google translates as well which I think is a great feature, I have always wanted to learn Spanish, great post Jingle “SUNSHINE” YOU just keep getting better xxx
Thank U very much.
I think being bilingual is a great thing! When I see someone interviewed on TV and they speak English (as their second language) so well, I’m embarrassed that I don’t speak another language.
I appreciate your kindness, Beth!
in this day and age it is almost essential to be multi lingual. i think we will continue to see this more and more as borders and boundaries are crossed in the digital age.
really great post jingle 🙂
i always wanted to be bilingual but i’ve never been able to learn languages easily. i know tourist french and a few words in japanese!
I know what u r talking, Jessie,
nice to see u, 😉
I think being bilingual is such an important skill to have….not only does it help you communicate, but it helps you gain a better understanding of cultures, and it helps you understand how your own language has formed. I’m studying Latin (and I want to do German next year), and I’m amazed at how much of the English language is descended from Latin. The Latin word “banana” is exactly the same as the English word! Who’d a thunk it?? 😀
Also, being bilingual gives you something to brag about. 😉
cute, Banana is English in Latin,
I am honored to learn a new word…
I would love to be bilingual. I took Russian in High school, and I know a few phrases in Polish, from living in Chicago, I always wanted to learn Japanese. Maybe one day.
Have a wonderful day!!
Glad to know that u consider becoming bilingual!
Good luck, Gerardine!
I am bilingual, and I love it! Speaking two languages really gives me a better outlook, and an edge that most people don’t have. And learning about a different culture is always a good thing, right?
P.S. There were no hurt feelings about your post yesterday. I think it is fabulous that you have such a wonderful friend, and I love that you wrote all those haikus for her! She is lucky to have you as such a dear close friend.
Thank U, Dear Pink Amy! U have a beautiful heart!
I appreciate u! 😉 😉
I have to find a way to tell different Amy,
The other Amy will be called sunny Amy since she appears yellow in my blog.
I think everyone should be bilingual. WIth that said, I am not, lol. But all three of my kids take a foreign language.
Great point, Sheila,
Being bilingual is amazing, it brings self confidence!
Being bi-lingual is an honor. My family is bi-lingal in American Sign Language. It is amazing how many times this comes in handy! (Plus, you feel like you belong to a secret society!!!)
your family is smart, sign language is beautiful to learn!
I LOVE the idea of staying open-minded! I do speak some French. And muy muy little Spanish. And a tiny bit of German.
I wish I knew every language in the whole world! And could travel and meet people in all lands. I wish all countries had freedom of speech like ours, maybe one day all nations WILL be peaceful-loving and free.
u know so many languages, what a gift!
I only know two, some Russian in college…
I am not bilingual. But my husband is! We tried to raise our kids to be bilingual too, but it’s very difficult. They do know some Japanese and like me they can understand more than they speak. But it was easier when they were younger. They spoke much more Japanese then. Becoming bilingual is very difficult.
I love your thoughts shared here.
thank U, 😉
I live in Canada where we have 2 official languages, so bilingual isn’t an issue for me.
U R lucky, two official languages is nice to have!
It could be great to know more than one language. I use to know some Spanish and now I wish I knew more. Maybe I will pick it up again some day. Have a wonderful day..
U R happy as where U R, relax!
I can’t leave a comment on William’s blog. You have to type in a word to post your comment and there is no line for me to do this. I do not know how to get a hold of him to tell him I can’t post on his blog. Can you let him know?? Thanks..
I have the same problem.
What you must do is…
SCROLL DOWN to see to type in the word.
It is there, below.
I know a liiiiittle bit of spanish and a little bit of french, but i’d LOVE to know more, and I’ll maybe payh to learn Chinese later this year at a college. It’s 150pounds or something (ouch) but languages are beautiful- YES! i was one of the kids at school who enjoed english and math, dont tease me! =P
U know three at least, that’s cool, 😉
Becoming bilingual is a fantastic exercise. My wife is Italian, she has chastised me over our 16 years together for not learning Italian and she is entirely right. Learning another language adds form and structure to English skills, a valuable skill for a poet. Lastly, learning a second language opens up a whole range of new poets, for me, I’d love to read Dante in the original, the poet Rabindranath Tagore said ‘learning through a translation is like wooing a woman through an attorney’.
Thank U for sharing the information,
I love the ideas of writing poetry in different languages, it is a challenge. English is not my first language, but I love English and have FUN writing blog in English!
I love this post! So wise words. I accept every kind of people… And I love languages. Though I have read much more history, culture and politics than languages.
But it’s useful to read for example news in Finnish, in English, in Russian and so on. I don’t believe in one truth power.
U R smart for being able to write in English, Finnish, Russian,,,
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hello, my friend! 🙂
I’ve learned in High School 2 languages: English and French.I still have some problems when I write in other language, but I try to learn more from my errors each day 🙂
You have right! Being a bilingual person helps me a lot because I can learn and understand the languages much easy. For example now I read and understand your new post and I like it a lot 😉 Makes me use my brain more 😀
Have a special day, my friend! 🙂
U R sweet like a pie,
smart like a genius,
i am glad to know that u know so many languages…
Almost everyone in Malaysia is Trilingual, Bahasa Melayu and English being the official and second languages being taught in school and we also speak our mother tongue.
Everyone is my family is Multi lingual. Being in the hospitality industries, my hubby and I both speak as many languages as we can and our daughters love languages too.
When you know languages, you tend to understand their cultures and hence be more open minded as it is more productive and beneficial to be so.
Wonderful post, Jingle.
I love your feedback, 😉
My first language was Italian. When I went to school….no English for me! I did learn it just fine. I also speak Spanish. I can understand a few languages, but have trouble with speaking them. I plan on learning a new language every year, after my kids are done with school. I hope it will not be toooo hard. What do you speak? If you already said, sorry I missed it! 🙂 Hope all is well in your world! 🙂
My older son loves Italian people,
I speak 2 languages, English and You Guess,
Thank U, 😉
in my industry over the last 5 years i have worked with over 15 nationalities from all over the world.
i know odd words in all of those languages and i speak reasonable slovakian.
But no i’m not bilingual. i dont need to be.lol.
Anyways, week 5 rally maybe i can participate.
But i’ve posted now [it runs through thursday].
Best if you check before you write me down.
its not exactly mainstream poetry.
happy weekend, 😉
Great topic, Jingle!
I think you are right … As our world becomes smaller, it is important to be able to communicate with more people.
In my classroom over the years, I’ve have students from Russia, China and Mexico. Of course I really try to make a conscious effort to help those students learn English, but I also make sure that the rest of the class learn at least a few words foreign language!
It is so important to see our similarities, rather than our differences!
glad to see u, CottageGirl!
i would love to be bilingual but i am not sure i have the time to put into it because i would want to be good at it. It certainly will be great to have it though..I love spanish and french …so i would choose one of those
Best wishes, Corve!
Shall we include the silent language of the body: dance, the smile, the turned back, running …? So many ways to say so many things. http://caitlynjames.wordpress.com
Yes, everyone knows more than one dozen languages by your logic, beautiful thinking, Caitlyn!
I am from Canada so we have two official languages, English and French. I am lucky to be able to understand and speak a little of French and it impacts me every day because of work and the amount of different individuals that come to my work that do not speak English. I work with someone who speaks 4 different languages and that comes in handy and I admire this ability for someone to be able to understand and comprehend someone who does not speak his mother tongue.
I love your blog and have added you to my links section. Very nice and great work! I look forward to reading more of your poetry!
I appreciate your shared thoughts and experiences,
u r welcome here any time!
Ah, poetryperspectives crossed the Canadian border and beat me here. I was about to tell you about our two official languages. I was born in Montreal where most of us had at least a semi-decent grasp of both languages. I never knew any other way.
U R smart since u know 2 languages, Hilary, I love your comments. 😉
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wish I could be bilingual. I took Spanish and French in high school and failed both miserably!
I took Russian in college, but forgot all of them now…
I’m bilingual, speak Welsh and English. Write in Welsh and English, think in welsh and English lol!! It’s the way we are bought up in Wales!
Great to know that u know Welsh and English…
Hi Ji .. so important and I wish I’d been pushed a bit more as a kid. I did Latin, French and Italian at school, Afrikaans in South Africa, and studied German for a while – but am hopeless at them all. However the root words can make sense, and I can understand a little. I worked with East Europeans in the old days -so can usually work out where people come from & try and learn more as I meet different peoples.
I love the idea of having another way of looking at having a 2nd language – by being open minded and able to deal with different peoples.
I’d add learn the culture of other countries, learn a little of their life – look to see where they are situated on an Atlas – our geography is terrible (often)! It shows you’re interested in them and their way of life .. I love doing that ..
Really interesting and thoroughly enjoyed the thought process .. now it should be Mandarin .. I guess or Hindu .. bye!! Hilary
U R amazing by knowing 4 or 5 languages, U must have the highest IQ!
I agree with you that bilingualism is okay as it enables one to understand and be open to other cultures.
Here in the Philippines, many people are multi-lingual. The first language of many is usually one of the 160+ dialects/languages in the country (well, except those who live in the national capital who speak Filipino, the official lingua). English is just 2nd or 3rd language to many.
How about you? Do you speak Mandarin or Fukien?
Good day! 😉
Awesome comment, Art, nice to meet u, 😉
i like how you weave two threads together here with the one of connection. i’m learning spanish again, and loving it…while i continue to work on understanding those not like me. great stuff, it keeps us alive and dynamic. i like this post.
brave, best wishes in your Spanish learning!
I hardly wonder at the responses you generated on this topic. It was a gem of a topic. Truly the world is becoming smaller by the day, and knowing more languages is likely to foster better understanding among different cultures and that’s sure to create a better world.
Most of us in India know at least three languages including English, the other two being one’s own tongue and Hindi. It’s part of the curriculum, but I am sad that I do not know any of the European languages other than English. I would have loved to learn French and yes Italian at least, there are some great pioneers in literature on those lands. My love for older Russian authors also makes me wish that I knew that tongue as well! And of course knowing German would have been nice, what a mighty philosophical heritage that land has!
Reading the comments on your post made me recall something interesting. One linguist in my land used to learn different languages by employing a simple technique. After learning the alphabets etc he would get hold of a copy of bible in that language and armed with a copy of the bible in his own tongue, would go to work. I don’t know the Version he used, and I haven’t tried it myself. He is said to have learned over ten different languages like that! It could not be a myth; for I think it’s possible if your aim is only to acquaint yourself with the language. Anyway this could be old style, now there could be any number of digital things available for it.
Great Topic Jingle
what fun experiences you have shared, it is funny and sometimes both painful and cool to try to learn…
amazing job to your colleague who learned 10 languages by special method, 😉
I am tri-lingual, although I have never written anything in my other two languages. Your post inspired me to branch out and try something new. Thank you. Oh, and I’d love to be part of the Poet’s Rally as well!
U R smart to know 3, cool, i admire u, 😉
I’m bilingual, and unfortunately my children are loosing their second language :9
yes, it is beautiful to be able to express your love in more than just one language huh?
Nice to know that u r bilingual,
I am bilingual too, giggles, 😉
It’s always amazing to me that across all languages, and in all parts of humanity, there is an unspoken language that we communicate with our eyes and our hands that we all understand.
I’ve understood the look of love on a face,
a great sadness in the eyes,
a countenance of unspeakable joy,
and the welcome of an embrace.
yes, there are many ways to communicate, eye contacts, body language, facial expression…
thank U, Lynn! 😉
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
a great post jingle, I think that speaking more than one language has become a requirement, Personally , I can speak and write three languages : English , Arabic and French.
I can speak bengali, english and hindi fluently, read and write them perfectly too…. i guess most of the indians have to learn english so almost all educated indians are billingual in that sense.
Hi. A very interesting thing is that most people living in metropolitan cities in India know at least two languages; the educated know up to four!
I think becoming bilingual or trilingual opens many doors to an individual, both personally and professionally. By learning more than one language, they learn the culture of that langauge and can therefore understand the ways in which that particular culture operates. Personally I’m working on becoming bilingual. I enjoy the Spanish language and also enjoy watching shows in Spanish as well as learning of the Spanish cultures. I also think it is an enriching thing for a person to do, but then again, anything that expands our knowledge of understanding is always enriching.
but not a lot of people know about Filipino… too bad.
my native language may not be as romantic or as pleasant to the ear as, say, French is known for but it’s full of character.
you can say something like…
“Naano mo na ba yung ano nung ano na inaano mo nung ano?”
which directly translates to:
“Have you what the what of the what that you what last what.”
and make perfect sense.
thank you for sharing!