Is it important to know more than one language?

In a survey done by 21 people, they all agreed it is important to speak more than one language.

According to CIS, “in 2018, a record 67.3 million U.S. residents spoke a language other than English at home.” People that speak two languages are called bilingual, people that speak more than three are called trilingual. Those who speak more than three are known as polyglot.

Third grader, Allyn Lopez, learning in English but native tongue is Spanish

“It will look good in your record when you apply for a job,” said Spanish speaking senior from Morton East high school, Gissell Guzman.

As stated in one of the UEI articles, you have a better chance of getting a job:  “Even as early in the hiring process as when you submit your resume, being bilingual makes an impression. Knowing a second language makes your resume stand out.”

Cicero resident, Edwin Mauricio, also has an opinion on the importance of knowing more than one language.

“I think it is important because it can further diversify the way we think and act in different situations,” Edwin said.

According to New York Times, “Bilinguals, for instance, seem to be more adept than monolinguals at solving certain kinds of mental puzzles. Studies suggest that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function- a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks.”

“I’m jealous of those people that are biliterate.  One of my biggest regrets is not concentrating on learning another language early on in life — paying attention in my French classes.  Today, within this global economy, being multilingual is so beneficial.  I think the languages that are going to pay off are Chinese and Spanish,” said Kent Frankfother, a teacher at Morton East High school.