Why do I recommend that you learn a foreign language e.g French or Spanish or both
• Secondary Education
– When I was at Grammar School in Bristol it was compulsory to learn a foreign language. Indeed, I studied French and Latin until I was 16. I did not realise the future benefits of foreign languages when I was at school. If I knew what was going to happen for the next 50 years in my life I would have studied French or Spanish up to A level.
– Benefits to the English Language – Understanding the English language is made easier as many English words are derived from French, Spanish and Latin
– I did pass my examination in French and certainly felt that I obtained a basic understanding which was extremely valuable to myself in later life.
• When I left school I studied further and took up a career in Food Product Development which was based on my science Degree. Why would I need French for this career?
– I found myself making many visits to France and other European countries to further my knowledge of the Dairy Industry. It was essential at this stage to have a working knowledge of the French Language.
– Importing French yogurt for the UK Market – my excursions into France intensified as I was given responsibility for importing yogurt into the UK. This involved close communications with Senior French speaking technologists. I would have been unable to achieve my objectives if I had no understanding of French.
• Camping with the family – in order to provide my young family with adequate summer holidays we invested in a trailer tent. Every summer we travelled further into France and saw almost all regions from the North to South Coast. It made it much easier to enjoy the holiday on a daily basis being able to communicate with the locals.
• 2 French homes – After the camping finished we invested in 2 small properties in France. This involved meetings with French Estate Agents, Solicitors and builders and required a full understanding of French Property Law. Once again the foundations that had been laid in earlier lifer were extremely beneficial.
• Other countries using French and Spanish as main language – we have family and friends who have worked in many other countries. One of our relatives works in Venezuela and uses his Spanish to good avail. Two close friends worked in Switzerland for 6 years and found their French knowledge extremely important in their daily life.
• Current objectives – I am now keen to become fluent in French and now spend at least one hour per day listening to French on my I Pod.
CONCLUSION - You never know what the future holds. Broaden your opportunities by learning a foreign language. It will pay you a handsome reward in the long term.