Parlez-vous français? ¿Hablas español? Well, why not?
Most high schools and some junior high schools today require students to take foreign language classes. When I was at Valley Christian, I studied Spanish for four years: from the simple “Hola. Cómo estás?” of Spanish 1 to the more tricky conversations discussing films and narratives in AP Spanish Language. I feel that I have gained an invaluable tool from those years, and I even took Spanish courses in college for fun. Yet, I am certain that if I were to call any one of my friends from my high school, only a handful would be able to speak the foreign languages they learned today. Even fewer would practice it frequently.
Why is it that so many students don't take language learning seriously?
It's all a matter of perspective. If you're taking a class because you have to, you probably won't really spend time investing in it or enjoying it for that matter. That needs to change. In today's culturally diverse world, having multilingual abilities can benefit you in so many ways. Here are few reasons why you should want to take your language classes seriously: