In the meantime, let’s explore a few of the benefits of learning a second language in your 60s.
Having been left out of my share of Russian conversations, I know firsthand how frustrating it is not to know what someone else is saying.
But what about speaking a foreign language, where habits of the tongue are not as easy to control? it takes all my will to impose any control on the words that emerge from me.
I have to form entire sentences before uttering them; otherwise, I too easily get lost in the middle.
Such lack of fluency might seem like an obstacle to deep rapport, but I credit the language barrier for fast-tracking the relationship to proposal and marriage within a year.
Counterintuitive, I'll grant you, but consider the benefits of constrained communication: Moreover, while a language barrier can fan a romantic "spark" into an abiding flame, it won't substitute for that initial physical attraction and its underlying, ineffable, almost spiritual connection.
This dominant cultural attitude paints bilingual foreigners as a threat to the U. However, as the global economic structure continues to globalize, and as Americans begin to recognize the various benefits of multilingualism, this "English-only, others-optional" mindset will hopefully disappear.
20% of high school graduates are bilingual, while 43% of those with a postgraduate education are.
Ideology also influences your likelihood of knowing a second language, with 33% of liberals and 23% of conservatives speaking something other than English.
Christmas dinner at my house features a symphony of different languages.
Over turkey and stuffing, it’s not unusual to hear German, Russian, English and French being thrown around.