Are you Wasting your Time Taking Foreign Language?

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Are you Wasting your Time Taking Foreign Language?

Photo by: Kelly Fee

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Kelly Fee, Reporter

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Language impacts our daily lives on many different levels as far as interacting and communicating with others. For quite some time, foreign language credits have been required for college acceptance. It assists people in many other departments such as literature, travel and career. With so many students spending years of their high school education partly focused on Spanish, they might start to wonder if it’s actually beneficial. Should foreign languages be required?

Primarily, foreign language can open the door to opportunity as well as education. It is a leading factor in college acceptance, so the more credits earned in that subject, the better.  This also applies to the career world. Employers scout for multi-talented individuals who can bring the most diversity to their business. “The CEO of the company gave me a full time job all because I could speak Spanish,” Spanish teacher Nereyda Robertson said.

For tourists, being bilingual it is a huge advantage. It gives them the ability to better blend in with different cultures even if they’re not fluent. Making an attempt to better understand another civilization not only shows empathy for another culture but can earn someone more acceptance to their country. “If you go in speaking English, [it shows] that you’re an American with a mentality that you’re better or that you don’t have to try. People there are not even going to give you the time of day,” Spanish teacher Stephanie Egli said.

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Literature is a huge aspect of life all around the world. With that being said, music, books, plays and many more are composed in a boat-load of distinct languages. Understanding the language is understanding the art that influences individuals everyday. “One time I was reading a book that had bits of Spanish that I could understand, and it was cool,”  sophomore Sierra Danielson said.

While some are thrilled to have the option to connect with other cultures and mentally expand, some view it as a waste of time and energy. For individuals with compact memory, recalling a language years after taking the class is unrealistic. “Once I had a girl tell me she didn’t understand why she had to learn Spanish because she was just going to forget it, or she was never going to use it,” Robertson explained.

Being bilingual has so much to offer in life. While you might not go to college, travel the world or read a foreign novel, you never know what life has in store.