The Importance of English

The anglophone cosmos—all those English-speaking countries around the world—exerts an overwhelming influence not only at a cultural level, but also at social and political ones. Whether we like it or not, English has become the lingua franca of commerce and international relations. It is ultimately, a language of power. Learning foreign languages has always captured the interest of celebrities throughout history.
Why go bilingual? / ¿Por qué bilingüe?

            Brave New World

BAGGAGE?

Own only what you can carry with you, learn languages, visit countries, meet people. Make your memories your travel bag. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

NEW WORLD

Speak a new language and the world will be a new world. (Rumi)

TWO BETTER THAN ONE

A man who speaks two languages is worth two men.  (French proverb)

SOUL

Knowledge of another language is like having another soul. (Charles the Great)

WISDOM

Knowledge of languages in the door to wisdom. (Roger Bacon)
Speak to a man in a language he understands, and the words go to his head. Speak to him in his own language, and the words go to his heart.  (Nelson Mandela)

Map of Culture

Language is the map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they head for. (Rita Mae Brown)
Why go bilingual? / ¿Por qué bilingüe?
Why go bilingual? / ¿Por qué bilingüe?
Doors Open
One language places you in a corridor for life. Two languages open all the doors along the path. (Frank Smith)
Why go bilingual? / ¿Por qué bilingüe?

Club

Language is not a genetic gift. It is a social gift. Learning a new language means becoming member of a club -the community of speakers of that tongue. (Frank Smith)
With languages you’re at home anywhere. (Edward De Waal)

At Home

With languages you’re at home anywhere. (Edward De Waal)
Language is the clothing of thoughts. (Samuel Johnson)

Clothes

Language is the clothing of thoughts. (Samuel Johnson)
You’ll never be able to understand a language until you understand at least two. (Geoffrey Williams)

Understand

You’ll never be able to understand a language until you understand at least two. (Geoffrey Williams)
The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

No limits

The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Statemen & Interpreters

Nowadays, the fate of the world depends first on statemen, second on interpreters. (Ttrygve Halvdan Lie)
Language helps us seize the world. The less language we have, the less world we seize. (Fernando Lázaro Carreter)

Seize the World

Language helps us seize the world. The less language we have, the less world we seize. (Fernando Lázaro Carreter)
Each language is a unique way of regarding life. (Federico Fellini)

Unique

Each language is a unique way of regarding life. (Federico Fellini)