My name is Ana Perez, and one of my strongest beliefs is that knowing a foreign language is one of the best assets a person can have. I know from firsthand experience that knowing a foreign language helps in any type of setting, as it makes way for communication with a broader set of communities.
I am fluent in Spanish and English, and I am currently doing a college minor in French
My Professional Life
Because I'm still young, I cannot say that I have had much experience in the professional world. However, the few experiences I've had have helped me.
My first language is Spanish, so having learned English to a proficient level has worked out favorably for me.
I have been able to work two seasonal jobs at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, and I am proud to say that my level of English is just as good, and even better than some of the people who work there.
Also, I have been able to do my higher education in the U.S., which is a big achievement as I am the first person in my family who has done her studies in English. Plus, now that I am in the U.S., I've realized that many employers here value my bilingual skills.
My Personal Life
So far, my bilingual, and even borderline trilingual skills have helped me the most with my personal life.
First, because I've studied in several places abroad, being multilingual has been an invaluable asset.
I have been able to make friends from Spanish-speaking countries as well as friends from English-speaking countries without having any limitations in terms of communication.
Also, my knowledge of languages has helped me a lot throughout my travels. When I'm not in a Spanish-speaking country, I always have English to back me up, at least when I'm the tourist areas of a country. However, one particular story I am proud of is when I went to Paris with my parents.
Neither of my parents speak French, so at restaurants I used to order food that servers didn't know the words for in English. Also, the day after we visited the Eiffel Tower, the tourist buses has stopped running after our visit to the tower. We were forced to take a cab, but the cab driver didn't know a single word of English. I was able to tell the driver the address in French, and that's how my parents and I got home. I have never been prouder of knowing a foreign language as that moment.
Overall, I recommend studying a foreign language. As technology allows people from all over the world to communicate with each other, knowing as many languages as possible makes will maximize the communication experience with people from other countries.