The Bilingual Advantage
Have you ever wondered why a particular colleague in your office keeps receiving all the juicy favors from your superior? Or have you thought of why he/she is sent on assignments to different countries and you are mostly sidelined, even though you are both efficient? The answer is at your doorstep! If he/she speaks two languages fluently, then he has a competitive advantage over you!
Being bilingual comes with a lot of cherries on the cake. English, French, Swahili, Portuguese among other languages resonates more like the official languages utilized for official duties in Africa. Speaking any of these two languages fluently opens vast opportunities for you and puts you ahead of people who are just unilingual.
Federico Fellini says “A different language is a different vision of life.” Knowing a language in its entirety gives you the space to appreciate the lifestyle, culture, and socialization of the language originators. When you find yourself on English soil, you will appreciate their culture better as a result of the connection you have with their language. Perspectives from all angles will be drawn into your scope of thinking for the reason that you are bilingual.
It is academically perfect and wise to play two sides of the language coin perfectly. You are fluent in English and in French. It means you are at liberty to amass for yourself English certificates and the French ones as such. You will be open to a lot of the opportunities education can give you. When there’s a scholarship in a French-speaking country you are qualified and when there’s one on the English side, you are just fortunate to be bilingual!
Do you want to excel in your career life? Of course! It is everyone’s utmost dream to become the head of their department, association or the institution they work for. Being bilingual is an added advantage. When clients find their way to your office and realize there’s a connection in speaking their language, you may win the contract based on the language connection! Know your language, it can make you rich overnight! It takes you further to access the job market on both ends. You are on your way to being the hot cake of the job market.
The social benefits of having bilingual abilities are enormous. You grow more networks when you are on both sides of the language world. Your relationships buds out of your language connections. It would not be a bad idea to have friends from different cultures, owing to the fact that you speak their language. And oh, you will fully represent at any event where languages spoken are in your league. You will dance the night away for sure.
With all the mouthwatering goodies bilingual abilities have to offer, it should be made clear that the association of the unilingual is not left out at all. It is never too late to take a course. Spice your language life as a manager, a civil servant or a waitress with some executive English courses, French courses or all other language courses of interest to you. Explore languages, understand them, speak them and stand out among your peers. Dare to be different!