As a college student, the opportunities of learning a second language are almost used so that I can be a step above others when I search for career. If I learn Arabic, one might suggest that I now have the credentials to be a professional businessman in Middle Eastern Trade, or that as a political science major, I will be more useful if I apply for a position within the State Department of The United States. Throughout my whole entire life I’ve learned that I should memorize another language because it will help me out when I am older, but what does that mean?
A language is a beautiful thing. The symbols that make words are crafted with ancient origins. The words that are spread like wildfire within communities can spout effects of happiness from a significant other who says, “I love you.” to the feeling of empowerment when Martin Luther King Jr. addressed our hurting nation at the Lincoln Memorial.
Language shouldn’t be taught just so that an aspiring businessman can land a job, but because we are all human and, without language, would never have any emotional, friendly, spiteful, and interpersonal connection. We use foreign language to express our love and respect for others, much like how the Ukrainian Prime Minister, following the successful Ukrainian revolution in 2014, spoke to the world in English. The prime minister spoke in English as a subliminal form of thank you to the supportive Western Nations.
Issues like destructive Climate Change and global massacres need to be treated by the gentle hand of global unity. The unity found around the world be be solidified by the warm embrace of one language that shows love by the words of another language.
Let’s start with hello, or as written in Arabic, أهلا