The Importance Of Bilingualism

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Bilingualism – a skill often regarded with most admiration and envy, can also be a marker of an individual. It may be written down on resumes or applications in a positive light all to show how talented the said person is. However, what is not often examined is how the bilingual views themselves rather, it is how the world is beneficial or better for the bilingual. In the following paragraphs I argue that bilinguals see themselves differently than monolingual people. And as a result, often grasp a sort of contrast between the language of the mother culture and the language they decided (or had) to acquire.
To begin, identity is one of the most fundamental parts of what we are as human beings. Another fundamental part of who we are as human beings is our culture – following alongside this is language. To be able to communicate is vital to the survival of humanity and being able to communicate cross-culturally is a highly valued skill (Heller, 2000), however being bilingual is oftentimes shrouded with misconceptions - like being able to perform equally well in both languages (Kanno, 2000). Ultimately, this may cause a cognitive difference in which the bilingual may struggle to place themselves. In a case study by Yasuko Kanno and Charles Macrum, both researchers go into extensive detail about the view of Japanese people who have learned English, or who have returned from English speaking countries to live in Japan. Macrum’s paper paraphrases the study done by Simon Downe’s
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