Learning a language is powerful. It helps us learn about other people, it helps us communicate, it breaks down barriers.
We live in an increasingly interconnected world, where language skills are imperative to succeed in a global economy. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of what the experts and those who are passionate about language have to say. Here are the “25 reasons why language skills matter”.
Hear it straight from those whose passion is in the language learning world.
- “The study of foreign languages teaches and encourages respect for other people: it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature” – Renate Latimer, Associate Professor Emerita of German at Auburn University
- “There is a reason that “community” and “communicate” share the same root word; as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the ability to communicate in additional languages will be fundamental in building a world community, participation in a global economy, and the ability to cooperate in addressing future challenges. Language education creates new opportunities and opens doors – it’s life changing.” – Tracie Evans, Client Manager at Rosetta Stone
- “Bilingual job postings have tripled from 2010 to 2015.” – Hsi Ling, Research Analyst at New American Economy (Hear more from Hsi Ling here)
- “Language enhances the capability to understand other cultures” Robert R. Sands Greene, CEO & Founder of LanguaCulture (Hear more from Robert here)
- Top 10 reasons to learn languages from Lead with Languages
- “Learning a second language increases pay an additional 10-15%” – Ryan McMunn, language expert and CEO of BRIC language systems
- “92% of executives surveyed indicate that the entire company realizes the benefits of language learning.” – Rosetta Stone 2016 Impact Study
- “The ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in business, research, and international relations in the twenty-first century.” – “American’s Languages: Investing Language Education for the 21st Century” – American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- “Foreign languages are the most critical communication tools we have to develop relationships across cultures and solve complex cross border challenges-both at home and overseas.” – Language Matters
- “Knowing other languages opens the world of communication, helpfulness and compassion for others around you.” – Crystal Jimenez, ELD Coordinator at Saddleback High School
- “70% of employees surveyed said their language training has made them more confident when working with teams, partners, and vendors.” – Forbes Insights: Best in Class: How Enterprises Succeed With Language-Learning Programs
- In a business setting, communicating in the first language of the client results in more effective business
- “We live in a different world today. Our students have to be able to interact with the rest of the world in their future to be able to communicate. It’s important for them to develop these language skills .” – Marty Abbott, Executive Director at ACTFL (Hear more from Marty here)
- Virtually all growth in the U.S. labor force over the next four decades is projected to come from immigrants and their children, according to a Brookings Institute Report
- The McKinsey Global institute found that productivity improves by 20-25% in organizations with connected employees. Employees can increase connectivity by learning the primary language of their colleagues.
- Nearly 7 in 10 Millennials report an expanded worldview thanks to their language training. – Rosetta Stone 2016 Impact Study
- “Our small, connected world needs language speakers to bridge important gaps. In today’s world, knowing languages gives you power and flexibility in your life.” – Adam DeClercq, teacher at Buena Park High School
- “The better we can communicate with one another, the more likely it will be that we can get along.” – Jessica Ahl, teacher at Gateway Academy
- 90% of business line leaders surveyed said their teams are facing language proficiency challenges. – IDG Research Report
- “When learning a language, you can travel to different countries. You can speak to them and learn about the culture and traditions actually from them.” – Curan, language student & CKO of Digital Kids language student (Hear more from Curan here)
- “Language learning is only going to grow in importance as globalization makes the world more and more interconnected.” – Getting Smart
- (IDG Research)71% of business leaders are currently planning growth in markets where English is not spoken. – IDG Research Report
- “One of the great things about language is it’s a really great frame builder, and really helps you in your other fields of study. There’s research out that that shows that if you have a kid who is not doing well in math, struggling in reading, sometimes the thing to do for them is not to give them remedial attention in those other fields; it’s to expose them to a foreign language instead.” – Lisa Frumkes, Sr. Director of Content Development at Rosetta Stone (Hear more from Lisa here)
- “Language acquisition is a bridge into other cultures.” – Caroline Vander Ark, COO at Getting Smart (Hear more from Caroline here)
- “New empirical evidence suggests that language learning also encourages the development of empathy and effective interpretive skills.” – Samantha A. Fan (Read more here)