Why Don’t More American’s Speak Multiple Languages?

Let’s explore some reasons why

If you can read these words, then you understand English.  Si usted puede leer estas palabras, entonces usted entiende español.

I just repeated the same thing in Spanish.  Did you get that?  If you did, then kudos to you.  And if you’re an American, that means you understand multiple languages.  Which means you can engage in conversation and have relationships with people of Latino descent that speak primarily Spanish.  Congratulations.  Now your odds of making a million extra dollars and having more sex just went up by 25% percent.

Languages are incredible, diverse, and complex.  Just like the people that speak them.  But when it comes to Americans’ learning a foreign language, there aren’t many that do.  Most Americans are content just speaking English.  But why?

Is it because they’re lazy-fat-butts that could care less about people from other countries?  I don’t think so.  Is English the best language ever invented, and they don’t want to settle for second best?  There’s no proof of that.  Do they think that only speaking one language will make them feel happier?  Eh, I doubt it.

So why do Americans only rely on speaking English when most of the countries in the modern world speak multiple languages?

Stupid, Lazy, and Self-obsessed

Many people say this as a knee-jerk reaction, but it’s senseless.  There are far better reasons that make much more sense.

The U.S. is HUGE

Compare the size of the U.S. to Europe where someone in Germany can take a 20-minute bike ride and be in France. The U.S. is freaking massive compared to most other countries of the world.  Anywhere you go in the U.S. English will be the dominant language by far.  Although in the Southwestern United States, this is changing drastically.

Lacking Purpose

Americans don’t learn a second language because they don’t feel there’s a necessary reason to.

Although bilingualism is a much-desired quality, the system is set up to limit us from learning new languages.  That is unless we take our own initiative. America is a monolingual society. Until we develop an improved system of language education, it will stay that way.

Lacking Education

Most Americans aren’t taught to take learning a foreign language very seriously.

In most countries outside of the U.S., English is required, sometimes even from the very first year of school.  However, in the U.S. we often do not begin to learn a foreign language until 6th grade, but the majority doesn’t start until the first year in high school or later.

In every foreign language class in America, the language is always presented as something fun, like a hobby, although it’s so much more.

Lack of Opportunity

Many people across the world learn English or another language out of necessity.  To make more money in the world they have to align with the language spoken by the most economically powerful country to have access to that wealth.  Although speaking a foreign language (particularly Spanish) in the U.S. could make people TONS more money, the culture doesn’t incentivize that.

Job Needs

Not only for the personal benefits below but also because it makes someone much more attractive to hire for bilingual skills.  Speaking another language looks great on a CV or resume. For better or for worse, most Americans don’t think this way.

Entertainment Needs

Americans don’t need another language to be entertained. The largest movie industry in the world is in the US. Television too. Music, books, comics, video games, there is a vast variety of entertainment and popular culture available in English. Learning Spanish with Kasa De Franko will help you embrace that there’s so much more to discover outside of that bubble.

The Reason You Should Learn

Often, learning a language stems from the desire to interact with others.  If a gorgeous co-worker speaks mostly Spanish or French, I’m going to take a keen interest in learning enough to communicate with her.  And then to have stuff to talk about I may equally take an interest in Latino culture.  At that point, I can travel to any of the Spanish speaking countries and practice my new skill in the real world.  Through these experiences, with varying rates of achievement, I speak Spanish. We all have the ability. We just need a reason.

The Benefits

Learning a foreign language offers these benefits:

  • improved focus and exclusion of irrelevant information
  • increased creativity and problem-solving
  • reduced effects of aging on the brain
  • dementia onset delayed by five years
  • improved information processing
  • improved attention to detail

Be the Change – Make More Money – Meet More People

If you learn how to speak Spanish at Kasa De Franko Spanish School, you can have conversations with people all over the country and world.  Being bilingual is a skill that many companies are on the lookout for.  All of a sudden you have the potential to interact with millions of more customers.

With a Spanish tutor like Franko, you can learn Spanish conversationally both in person and online, not just memorizing words from a textbook.  As a Spanish tutor in the San Jose and Bay area, you will learn Spanish with KDF faster than you can throw a hot potato fresh from the oven onto a plate.

Think of a few reasons why you want to learn.

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