Language plays an important role in building our perception towards someone. In a country like India, where more than 1500 languages are spoken, it can be very difficult to communicate with people from different parts of the country. The shy guy working beside you might have a brilliant mind. His inability to communicate with you could simply be due to the fact that he speaks in a different language than you. Who knows, he could have been your best friend in disguise? We only build our perception towards someone by interaction or lack thereof. If only we were multilingual, not only would we connect with them better but we would also understand their culture. It would seem like a mystery solved. When people are expressing their inner emotions; be it love, anger, hate; they do so in his their own language. One would be amazed to see the changes in them at this point. If only we knew their language, we would be able to understand them.
A girl, who is shy and stays quiet in class, could be the most interesting person you may ever come across!
Alas, if only we knew her language. It is natural that we interact with those people who speak the same language as us. There is a homely feeling which one develops with familiar people. They feel safe and secure. People believe that they would be able to connect better with people with a similar background who speak the same language. Being multilingual offers a rare insight into the relationship between the various languages and emotions of people; meeting new people, understanding their culture and indulging into their tradition. Words can have different meanings in different languages.
Being a trilingual myself, I believe that a multilingual has a personality unlike the ordinary. Their behaviour changes with the languages they speak. Language plays an important role in explaining any theory or relating a story. A story of Sanskrit origin may not have the similar impact if retold in English. The Mahabharata is one such example. We live a society which promotes thousands of cultures, each having a different language. Thus, it is extremely critical that we should be acquainted with languages more than just our mother tongue. Engaging is a very useful gift and when you can speak another language, you have the ability to immerse yourself in that culture even more. To really understand the true meaning of someone’s existence, you need to understand their thoughts and their culture; and for that, you need to understand their language first.
When I think of bilingualism or multilingualism, I believe it gives you certain benefits with regards to professional career paths and the ability to connect with a broader range of people. It might even give you the upper hand when a promotion or a business trip abroad (to a country whose native language you know) is in question. If a person is not fluent in a particular language, that means he knows more than one; and to me, that is something to be proud of.