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Why Everyone Should Learn A Second Language Sidney

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With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there’s really no reason for you to not know a second language.

Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market.

Learning another language can pave the way for salary increases and open up tons of amazing job opportunities that would be far beyond reach for someone who only knows one language. But it doesn’t stop there. Did you know it can help keep your brain healthy, for longer?

If you’ve ever considered learning a second language, below are just some of the many reasons why you should finally commit to becoming bilingual.

Being bilingual earns you more money

Today’s job market is tough.



Even with the recent addition of 295,000 U.S. jobs, there are still many people seeking full-time positions who simply can’t find them and are forced to take part-time jobs instead. On top of that, job openings aren’t very readily available for people with degrees outside of the STEM industries (this is especially true for recent college grads.).

The result of few jobs and lots of applicants means getting a full-time position today requires the ability to stand out from other, equally qualified candidates. Learning a second language is one way that you can make that jump to stand out.

For the already-employed reader, knowing a second language can lead to salary bonuses. The exact value of bonuses earned from knowing another language is debatable. One Freakonomics podcast suggests that English-speaking Americans who learn a foreign language can expect to earn only about $600 more than someone who knows only English. However, as this Economist article points out, even small language bonuses can add up over time.

Supposing you only earn a 2 percent language bonus on your salary, you easily stand to earn an additional $25,000 during your career (likely more with salary increases).



What’s more, salary bonuses vary depending on the exact language in which you’re proficient. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few different secondary languages and their annual bonuses as reported by The Economist:

Spanish – 1.5 percent bonus
French – 2.3 percent bonus
German – 3.8 percent bonus
While you may want to take these figures into account when deciding on a secondary language to learn, this list by no means needs to dictate you decision.

You can learn any language and still find career benefits. There are tons of amazing job opportunities for people with various secondary language skills. The next section highlights just a few.

Knowing another language gives you awesome job opportunities

Aside from potentially working as for a company or individual, you can find unique and fun career opportunities in a variety of different fields.

Below are some of the (in my opinion) coolest jobs you could get with knowledge of another language.

Game Translator for Nintendo  – Get paid to translate the in-game text, manuals and more for Nintendo of America, Inc. There are six openings for a Japanese to English translator right now, but it’s also not unlikely that the company would need similar translators for other languages also.



See the job posting here.

TV Subtitler for Cinematext Media USA – Want to translate Spanish TV shows to English? Cinematext Media is affiliated with large American networks like TNT, Cartoon Network, MTV and a variety of big-name Spanish-only channels.

See the job posting here.

Anime Translator for Crunchyroll – Love to watch anime? You can get paid to translate Japanese subtitles and text to English for the manga and anime mega-giant, Crunchyroll.

See the job posting here.  Similar jobs are also available for English to Italian and English to Arabic translations.

Community Representative for Blizzard Entertainment – Blizzard, who produces well-known video games like WoW and Diablo, is looking for a bilingual Spanish/English speaker to engage with their Latin American player communities. The job includes helping with game development and supporting the company at events, including BlizzCon.

See the job posting here.

Brand Specialist for Google – Notorious for being a great company to work for with lots of extra perks, Google is looking for a brand specialist fluent in German and English to help manage German market clients. Brand specialists work with customers and larger regional teams to assist in ongoing Google product improvements.



See the job posting here.

Are you dying to learn a new language yet? Maybe these additional benefits of becoming bilingual will finally convince you.

Protects against Alzheimer’s and dementia

Studies have shown that adults who speak two or more languages experience the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia later than monolingual adults. This mental health advantage even extended to people who were illiterate, meaning that simply knowing how to speak two languages is beneficial even if you can’t read.

Improves decision making

Learning a second language has also been shown to help eliminate some biases that can otherwise muddle our decision-making processes. Interestingly, the most common bias eliminated is our consideration for potential losses, which can cause us to ignore promising opportunities when there is any risk of loss present.

For people who learn a language during adulthood, this bias tends to decrease, causing researchers to suggest that our rational mind takes the lead when we make decisions in a language that isn’t our native one.



Improves your memory and attention span

Lastly, taking the time to learn a second language can have some very positive side-effects on your attention span and memory. A study conducted by Northwestern University in 2012 showed that knowing multiple languages forces your brain to pay attention to relevant sounds, while blocking out irrelevant sounds. The study provided the first biological evidence that being bilingual improves your hearing and helps with attention span and working memory.

Learning a second language may seem intimidating to adults who have been monolingual their entire lives. In fact, many of us were told at one time or another that becoming proficient in a new language is unlikely for beginning adult learners.

Yet, research from the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that adults learning a foreign language are completely capable of becoming highly proficient in it.

There’s really no reason not to learn another language. Even if you like your current job and find your pay suitable, wouldn’t you at least like to stave off memory loss and make better decisions?

Start thinking about the language you’d like to learn today, and tell us what you decide on in the comments section below.

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Becoming bilingual has several perks in life. It can give you quote unquote fun bragging rights but it can also give you an edge over your opponent in the job market.  a recent study shows that learning a second language could help your attention span and as well as memory. Although it could be frightening to monolingual adults learning a second language can become very beneficial

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Samantha Johns's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:05 AM

I think that everyone should learn a new language. This gives you the power to communicate with not just just one but two groups of people. Just think in their eyes it shows that you care enough about them to take up a new language, it may not be much but at least it shows them you care. -SJ

Joy Robinson's curator insight, March 25, 2015 5:23 PM

Tips on how learning a second language can make one that much more attractive a candidate for jobs and promotion.

Marie palacio's curator insight, April 14, 2015 3:51 AM

It is time to boost your English 

Article un peu long mais, super intéressant!! 

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | geography | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

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This shows the costums that several other Countries use in north America we cross our legs but in Countries Like Asia disrespectful. In America we view blowing or Noise is normal in Japan that Considered rude

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 1, 2015 9:30 AM

This should be always be considered in design...even colours have meaning.

Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:58 PM

ça vous en bouche un coin?!

 

Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:17 PM

This article shows the different customs on gestures or body language in the world. What we might do is disrespectful in another country. For example, even some as simple as crossing your legs while sitting is common in North America and some European countries. However, it is viewed disrespectful in Asia and the Middle East.

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Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants

Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants | geography | Scoop.it
As Western societies have become more diverse due to immigration and cross-border mobility, the question of how welcoming their native populations are to newcomers has become ever more relevant. Exclusionary…

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Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:11 PM

This article makes a lot of sense because if the kids grow up knowing different ethnic groups in school. Then they will not be so hateful or mind immigrants nearly as much as someone who hasn't been with those kids growing up. Some of the kids might have their best friends being a different ethnic group than them.

RM

bobby isham's curator insight, April 20, 2015 5:50 PM

People believe that classrooms with mixed ethnicities boost tolerance for immigrants. They did a study on countries doing this and found it to be a successful way to get people to accept immigrants from other countries better

breanna mae johnson's curator insight, April 7, 2016 9:55 AM
My opinion is that, emotions another human being isn't based on ethnicity. Just because another person is an immigrant does not mean  someone of a diffrent race will get along. It's all decided on those human beings. Therefore, people of diffrent races may Or may not be filled with hatred.
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Study: Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction

Study: Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction | geography | Scoop.it
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and ...

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This is-very interesting.  It was very surprising knowing that children 4-6 will actually be hinder them later in life.  I would always think its the other way aroound.The study actually says that 66%  of kids that have been to church were less able than secular children to identify supernatural events

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McDonald's International

McDonald's International | geography | Scoop.it

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This shows that mmcdonals is a global industy . there are many mcdonalds everywhere they put a spin oncertain diishes to match their heritage like in japan instead of hamburger meat like we americans use the use crabs.It just really shows how far mcdonalds was changed from just starting in america to being featured all over the globe

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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:57 PM

This is a really interesting article because it shows how food we're so familiar with varies so much across the world. To many McDonalds is an extremely American thing and the idea that it would adapt to the counties it operates in is unexpected by many. This changing menu makes a lot of sense for the company as different cultures and nations are accustomed to different foods which may or may not mesh with the typical American diet.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:45 PM

We talk about McDonalds as a way of Americanizing the rest of the world. These foods show that it may still be the case but local culture is still infused and desired where McDonalds expands to.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 22, 2015 7:06 PM

I've lived and traveled to a few places especially Asia.  I've had the Ramen at McD's in Hawaii along with the Portugeuse sausage that comes with the big breakfast.  I've also experienced Japanese McD's.  It was nice to be able to find some of the regular food like a burger and fry at any McD's in the world, but I never ordered anything else. 

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How Tobacco plants could help fight ebola

How Tobacco plants could help fight ebola | geography | Scoop.it
A Kentucky-based plant protein manufacturer is shutting down all of its operations save one -- producing the compound for an experimental medicine called ZMapp, which was used to treat two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola and later recovered.

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I like this article because it shows that there must be a cure to solve ebola.  this is good because right now there isnt a cure we have right now.  Im just curious about this because I wonder if this might be abel to find a cure to different outbreaks like entrovirus d-68 

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Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads

Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads | geography | Scoop.it
The absence of quality roads leads to hunger, poverty, political instability, and even terrorism.

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I like this article because it shows that better roads can make an increase on our population because with better roads cause farmers to more access and that would cause people to reproduce because we have the food and resources to reproduce. Payton Dinwiddie

 

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:50 AM

Infrastructure is one of the key elements of development. This article makes that case nicely.

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Visualizing Regional Population Statistics

It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.


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I enjoy this video because it gives a visual analysis of the worlds population. It also shows what an effect that the medical and as well as the agricultural revolution played as in a role in our worlds population. It also shows that america isn't  as big as we think .

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 17, 2014 7:55 PM

Unit 2

Mohamed Mohamed's curator insight, October 13, 2014 4:03 PM

This video describes and explains how we got to a population of 7 billion people so fast

Mohamed Mohamed's curator insight, October 13, 2014 4:04 PM

It also uses water to demonstrate it.

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How to Hide your Home from Google Maps

Google Maps takes a number of steps to help protect the privacy and anonymity of individuals when images are collected for Street View, including blurring faces and license plates. You can easily contact the Street View team if you see an image that should be protected or if you see a concerning image.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:58 PM

Take a look at this short video to learm how you can blur your home on Google Maps. 

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Now scribble with 82 Different Languages with Google’s New Handwriting Apps on Your Android Device

Now scribble with 82 Different Languages with Google’s New Handwriting Apps on Your Android Device | geography | Scoop.it
Google releases a new app Google has hit “publish” on Google Handwriting Input, a new keyboard option that – as the name implies – allows users to type by handwriting text in 82 different languages.

Google has extended its handwriting input tool to Android apps and users with the 4.0.3 version of the Android software and will now be able to put text into any app by writing onto the device screens.

Google says the app will support print and cursive, written with or without a stylus. If you draw a smiley face, Handwriting Input will even suggest emojis.

The new tool recognizes 82 different languages and 20 distinct scripts and the interesting addition here is that you can also draw emojis, including the ugly pile of poo emoji.

A TechCrunch report notes that Google already offered the handwriting recognition tool in the Google Translate app as well as on mobile search, but this is the newest extension to all of Android. –

Although with modern touch screen and swipable keyboard text input methods, how useful this handwriting input will prove to be is yet to be discovered. However, Google notes that this feature will be particularly useful for many South Asian languages which have very complex scripts.

The new app, which is available on Google Play store, allows both on-device and cloud-based character recognition.

The new input method is styled to resemble Google’s other input methods, using the same light grey and teal (or dark blue-grey and teal if you choose the dark theme) colors found in Google’s main Keyboard app. If you’ve been itching to scribble your notes with an official handwriting keyboard from Google, hit the widget below, or head over to APK Mirror.

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Google has launched this new app that allows you to type a word on your phne and it will convert your text into English. This is also the new extension tool with android. this would be hard for the south Asian languages because the have different ways of writing. this is also allowed to be used as widget as well as a traditional applicatipon

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Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants

Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants | geography | Scoop.it
As Western societies have become more diverse due to immigration and cross-border mobility, the question of how welcoming their native populations are to newcomers has become ever more relevant. Exclusionary…

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This isa very interesting article as I also believe this goes hand in hand with each other. If kids are used to several ethnicities then someone coming over from a foreign country wouldn't Bother them.but if you are exposed to only one ethnicity then it would feel less natural to accept them. SD
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Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:11 PM

This article makes a lot of sense because if the kids grow up knowing different ethnic groups in school. Then they will not be so hateful or mind immigrants nearly as much as someone who hasn't been with those kids growing up. Some of the kids might have their best friends being a different ethnic group than them.

RM

bobby isham's curator insight, April 20, 2015 5:50 PM

People believe that classrooms with mixed ethnicities boost tolerance for immigrants. They did a study on countries doing this and found it to be a successful way to get people to accept immigrants from other countries better

breanna mae johnson's curator insight, April 7, 2016 9:55 AM
My opinion is that, emotions another human being isn't based on ethnicity. Just because another person is an immigrant does not mean  someone of a diffrent race will get along. It's all decided on those human beings. Therefore, people of diffrent races may Or may not be filled with hatred.
                                                       BJ
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The Amish Don’t Get Autism? And They Don’t Get Vaccinations – Possible Link?

The Amish Don’t Get Autism? And They Don’t Get Vaccinations – Possible Link? | geography | Scoop.it
By: WV Outpost People outside the alternative health community are often confused by the lack of autism in the Amish people.  The Amish do...

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The Amish an example of pop culture. We have several bad things here( regular people) like fast foods and different diseases like the influenza virus.  The Amish don't get vaccination but don't get sick this is a possible link because they live a healthier life style so airgo they don't need a vaccination 

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Marianne PokeBunny Lenaerts's curator insight, February 5, 2015 12:43 AM

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2013/08/14/the-amish-dont-get-autism-and-they-dont-get-vaccinations-possible-link/

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, March 11, 2015 9:48 AM
I think this article explains an almost perfect example of how popular culture does effect what we do and how we live. The Amish do not eat all the unhealthy foods we do, like McDonalds, and they seem to live a better life (health wise). Also, this proves how folk culture is helpful in our world. We can see the comparison between our lives and theirs, and the conclusions may even help us in the near future. -RT
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Vibrant Gujarat Summit: Global leaders praise PM Modi's development initiatives

Vibrant Gujarat Summit: Global leaders praise PM Modi's development initiatives | geography | Scoop.it
Global leaders ranging from UN Secratary General to World Bank chief described PM Modi as the "driving force" of India's growth engine.

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I like this article because it refers to how well India is progressing because of their prime minister Norndra Modi. India has already progressed over 15 years while Nodi's time here,. They are trying to progrees economically and as wellpolitically as well  With the way he has been leadind  India it made Gujarat one of the highest destination of investment inIndia

 

 

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Agriculture is Everywhere

Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encour...

 

This video makes several important points about agricultural production within our modernized world, things that often go unnoticed and taken for granted.  Food for thought. 


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I like this article because it shows that most of the things we do is related to agriculture there are so many things we take for granted  and things that people dont recongnize have to deal with agriculture its almost surprising after watching this I believe that people who do agriculture need more respect

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luisvivas64@hotmail.'s comment, February 3, 2013 10:24 AM
No hablo inglès, pero nfiero el mensaje:Amemos la rierra como a nuestros ojos, hijos.
Lauren Sellers's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:58 AM

The video brings attention to the complex process that brings food, and sheets, into our lives. Agriculture is often overlooked and undesirable. The video gives a young face to agriculture.

 

Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:11 AM

Agriculture involves everyone. People today dont think about where their food comes from. They don't think about how their food is made. Which is all agriculture.  Now agriculture has faded where no one remembers it still exists. Agriculture is something we include in our daizly lives. The big process of food. 

I.C.

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How Tobacco plants could help fight ebola

How Tobacco plants could help fight ebola | geography | Scoop.it
A Kentucky-based plant protein manufacturer is shutting down all of its operations save one -- producing the compound for an experimental medicine called ZMapp, which was used to treat two U.S. aid workers who contracted Ebola and later recovered.

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Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:09 PM

I like this article because it shows that there must be a cure to solve ebola.  this is good because right now there isnt a cure we have right now.  Im just curious about this because I wonder if this might be abel to find a cure to different outbreaks like entrovirus d-68 

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Study examines migration patterns of scientists | Inside Higher Ed

Study examines migration patterns of scientists | Inside Higher Ed | geography | Scoop.it

A breakdown of the source countries for scientists in various destination countries around the world.


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I like this article on migration because it shows that more developed countries such as Australia, Belgium, and Brazil have more scientists in their society.  It also shows that in some countries that a lot of scientist would move to an area after they're 18 for better jobs. Australia has  about 45% of scientist who lived elsewhere while they were 18 years old.

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In China, some find ways to beat one-child policy

In China, some find ways to beat one-child policy | geography | Scoop.it
Something isn't quite right with this picture. There seem to be too many children here. Isn't this the country famed for its one-child policy? Aren't there big fines and penalties for having that second child?

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i like this story because it shows that not all people agree with the one child every household law.  It all shows that people are willing to pay fines up to 20,000 dollars to have more than one child.  In this story this man had lost his job and a hefty fine just to have a second child. Payton  S Dinwiddie

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Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:22 PM

this video shows how families in China are finding loop holes in the population laws. It is known that China is an over populated country, although you are allowed to have children. the law of the land is if you are rich you are able to have two children and if you are poor you are only allowed to have one child. The citizens of China have found loop holes like registering some of their children as twins and also paying people to fabricate other paper work

Salem MS Library's curator insight, October 20, 2014 11:03 AM

AGAINST

Reason: cannot be enforced fairly

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Project: Old Maps of Paris (From 360 to 1937 AD)

Project: Old Maps of Paris (From 360 to 1937 AD) | geography | Scoop.it
View Larger Map I have been working on a side project at work and in my spare time digitising some old maps I had, you can read more on the back story to these maps here.

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