Many parents want to offer their children the best available education so that they can find a good job when they graduate from college. The knowledge economy makes the whole effort as competitive as ever. All this saga begins as early as Pre-K!
One of the key things in the professional development is mastering 2 foreign languages. Especially for a small country like Greece. Only 13 million people speak Greek worldwide.
Many others believe that learning a foreign language is a waste of time. They believe that technologies are developed, technologies that will enable two people to communicate with each other speaking their own language.
But learning a foreign language is about learning the customs of each culture. This is why immersive bilingual programs are on the rise. No technology will ever be able to substitute that. Being fluent in a foreign language is a prerequisite in most jobs.
In Greece, the ministry of education allows students to choose French or German. Why not Chinese and Arabic? Both languages are spoken by more people globally. 1 Billion people speak Chinese and more than 420 million people speak Arabic.
We guess that this is because of Greece’s location. Which language should the parents choose? We suggest French. Why?
Knowing French makes it easier to learn Spanish, which is spoken by 400 people in Spain and Latin America. Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the US.
Knowing Spanish makes it easier to learn Italian and Portuguese, which is spoken in Portugal and Brazil. Italians and Spaniards communicate fluently with each other!
So learning French makes a student employable in all these places. It is the ideal language for a person who seeks the maximum employment flexibility.