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The advantages of learning a second language

The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has this year, 2024, states that “…multilingualism can be a valuable resource for all: inclusive school policies and multilingual practices recognize and foster linguistic diversity, benefit learning and create cohesion.” Today, learning a second language has many benefits, including making youths skilled in other fields of endeavor.

Most prominently, languages like French, Spanish and Swahili are said to be much needed internationally when it comes to global interactions. More so, in one way or another, they complement the English language, which is used in business, education and other global communication interactions.

With limited opportunities for youth in developing countries like Nigeria, learning a second language tremendously opens the doors of more opportunities for youths. Becoming an intermediate or proficient speaker in languages like Chinese-Mandarin, Arabic, French, German and Hindu are just a few that can amplify the experiences and degree qualifications of youths. This is why students at all levels are encouraged to learn additional language other than theirs to have more opportunities.

Apart from international languages, local languages can also enable youth to secure job opportunities outside their home countries. In areas where local language learning is valued, people with such skills are readily accepted. Hausa, for instance, is one of those languages that is being taught and widely embraced in countries like China, Germany, e.t.c.

And because language is an important part of culture, it ensures unity and diversity in areas that have been accepted. You’d find speakers becoming custodians of their communities in new places of endeavor.

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