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Post Reply Bilingualism - how do you feel about it?
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
I'm curious to know how people feel [globally] about bilingualism.

I live in the only Canadian province to be considered officially bilingual, but the status of our languages has caused continuous strife between the English majority and the French minority, although in certain areas and communities throughout the province, the statuses are reversed (I won't get into details of said strife unless someone asks for them).

I only started speaking French in Kindergarden and personally, am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to become bilingual, because it's helped me a lot in life. Furthermore, I strongly feel that my bilingualism has allowed me to broaden my horizons and opportunities in a number of ways. I always encourage others to pursue secondary languages and to learn about other cultures.

Since 11th grade, I've pursued (and continue to pursue, 6 years later) studies in German and Spanish, and recently I have also started learning Russian and Japanese. The more I learn about different languages and cultures, the more strongly I feel that it's eye-opening and beneficial towards my ability to connect with and understand others.

Anyway... thoughts, opinions?
Posted 2/28/15
bilingual and indifferent.

being bilingual has not helped my personal life in any way; it's not like it has helped me be more valuable when it comes to job seeking... because it's not like my other language is high in demand.

if anything, being bilingual has made me a perfect target for racism and discrimination due to the strong accent in my English.
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monolingual but want to learn a second language- The closest thing I know to a second language is, I was taught the arabic alphabet as a child. I would want to learn as many languages as possible, but i'm not patient or dedicated enough in this instance.
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I'm bilingual and I'm indifferent.

Japanese who currently resides in USA. Being bilingual only helped when I worked for my dad's business since he dealt with clients from Japan. Otherwise, it only helped me to watch anime without subtitles since they are sometimes mistranslated. I feel businesses in Japan are going downhill so I wouldn't bother to learn Japanese for career purpose.

I currently live off investments so it doesn't matter what language I speak.
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Posted 2/28/15
Im actually trilingul
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27 / M / ihlok
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Posted 2/28/15
other since multilingual.
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Posted 2/28/15
most people nowadays can speak at least 2 languages.
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15 / F / A state of content
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Posted 2/28/15
Other since I (obviously) speak English and I'm learning Japanese, but I can get by with it. I think everyone should learn a different language because it lets you learn about a different culture, probably learn more things about your own, and just start thing about linguistics in any language.
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23 / M / AZ
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Posted 2/28/15
I'm glad that I can speak English and Spanish.
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19 / M / CT, USA
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Posted 3/1/15
I can speak 3 languages and have knowledge in a few others and I am indifferent.
The languages include:
English
French
Japanese
Spanish
German (a little)
and Chinese (a little)
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24 / M / Scotland
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Posted 3/1/15
I speak English fluently. have a 2 in standard grade French and a B in GCSE Japanese. I still don't understand enough of either of those languages to say that I'm bilingual but I'd still like to learn Japanese.
Posted 3/1/15
I can speak English, Spanish and German. Although it doesn't come up too regularly; I'm thankful for the ability/knowledge. Being able to communicate is never a bad thing if you ask me. Plus, it's one of the nice bits of icing on my resume when I need it.
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Posted 3/1/15
I'm not fluent or even proficient in any language other than English, but I do know a little Spanish, French, and German. In a lot of cases, a second language may not help you that much, but it can be something that helps you stand out in the job search. Plus, there are a number of careers where having a second language is important. In fact, the US government will actually pay for you to start or continue learning any language it considers to be critical (including Japanese!). Plus some departments will pay you more or give you a hefty bonus for being bilingual. Same goes for other careers as well. Just depends on where your interests lie.

I personally love languages and hope to one day be fluent in another language. Even if it can't help you career-wise, another language enables you to communicate more easily with others which is always great.
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Posted 3/1/15
Trilingual, with some knowledge of an additional language.

It's good to have learned several languages. I can't imagine being able to speak just one language and not even mastering that single language.
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15 / F / 'murica
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Posted 3/2/15
Bilingualism (and trilingual, quadrilingual, etc.) is amazing! I'm monolinguistic, but I want to learn a second (and a third, fourth, fifth...) language really badly. Unfortunately, I don't know how to go about it and I'm kinda terrible with sticking to long term things.
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